The purpose of the festival is to honor the work of urban, suburban, and rural teen filmmakers and to give young people an authentic opportunity to participate in a real film festival. All submissions are judged by a jury, and finalists' films are shown at The Little Theatre.
Dr. Brian Bailey is an Associate Professor of Education at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY (USA) where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Adolescent Education. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University (1992), holds a master's degree from Nazareth College in Educational Technology (2000) and received a Ph.D. in Teaching and Curriculum at the University of Rochester's Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development (2009).
Dr. Bailey's research focuses on the intersection of school-based curriculum and contemporary youth culture, particularly when adolescents use digital media arts to create short films, music videos, animation, documentaries, etc. in school. He is the co-founder and co-director of The Rochester Teen Film Festival and Rochester Teen Film Camp, both of which grew out of his research on Youth Digital Media Production and Literacy.
Prior to Nazareth College, Dr. Bailey held faculty appointments at The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY (USA) and Yale University in New Haven, CT (USA). Dr. Bailey has presented his research internationally at the University of Karachi (Pakistan), United Arab Emirates University (U.A.E.), Zayed University (UAE), Sultan Qaboos University (Oman) and Nagaland University (India). He has presented papers at national conferences in cities including Albany, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Chicago and New Orleans. His papers include, "Digital Video Literacy: The Power of Authentic Audiences", "Schooling Multimedia: Students' Uses of Digital Production in Secondary Classrooms", "Digital Video Production as Literacy Practice: New Opportunities for Authenticity, Praxis, and Resistance" and "Intrinsic Motivation and Digital Technologies."
He has published articles in journals and books including: "When I make a film, it's out of my head": Expressing Emotions and Healing through Digital Filmmaking in the Classroom in the Journal of Digital Culture and Education (2011); Addressing Everyday Problems & Constructing Situated Identities: Youth Filmmaking in Schools in Lights! Camera! Action and the Brain: The Use of Film in Education (2011); Emo Music and Youth Culture in the Encyclopedia of Youth Culture (2005). Brian is also an artist and is collaborating with his partner, Heather Layton, on recent projects including Government Warning, Art as Social Intervention, and Home Drone.
Linda Moroney (Managing Director/Programmer of 360|365 and Greentopia Film) has been active in the independent film community for over 10 years. Films she's produced have shown theatrically, been broadcast nationally, and screened at numerous film festivals worldwide.
Prior to becoming our Managing Director, Linda served as the Technical Director and Shorts Co-Programmer for the festival. In 2007, she was the Curator for Animated Jazz Shorts from the Hubley Studio, which was a co-presentation by the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Rochester/High Falls International Film Festival, and George Eastman House. Linda cut her filmmaking teeth working with Academy Award winner Faith Hubley on six of her animated films. In addition, Linda was the Associate Producer on the independent feature-length documentary, Ram Dass Fierce Grace, named by Newsweek magazine as one of the five best non-fiction films of 2002, and broadcast nationally on PBS in 2004.
She also has produced several other short films including SET SET SPIKE (2001), which was an official selection in the 2002 Sundance Festival. Linda is a founding member of Women in Film & Television Rochester. She is currently working on The Storybook Project, her first documentary feature film as director.
If you missed it, here is Laurel Gabel's film, OUR GENERATION, which received the 2015 Philip Seymour Hoffman Best of the Festival Award.