Big Picture Alliance (BPA)
Empowering Youth to Define Their Own Narrative Through Filmmaking
Big Picture Alliance's mission is to engage, educate and empower Philadelphia youth through filmmaking & digital media arts. We provide transformative learning experiences and a supportive pathway for youth to have their voices heard, develop as young professionals and reach their full potential.
Big Picture Alliance was founded in 1994 by Jeffrey Seder & Jared Martin (TV Actor/Director) as an apprenticeship program where youth produced films about issues impacting their lives under the mentorship of professional filmmakers. In 2013, BPA partnered with the School District of Philadelphia to develop and implement a digital storytelling curriculum in alignment with Common Core educational standards - resulting in improved grades, test scores, attendance, and exemplary skill development (Rand Corp Report - Aug 2014). BPA then brought this programming to hundreds of youth across Philadelphia through dozens of school and organizational partnerships.
Since 1996, BPA has served over 7000 youth through 100 partnerships resulting in academic achievement, scholarships, internships, employment, and 800 films, 60 of which are award-winning. We’ve helped cultivated a generation of young artists and professionals, many of whom have gone on to pursue careers in the film & media.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the organization's Our Mission page.
In The News
- The Citizen Recommends: The Community Video Resilience Project, Philadelphia Citizen, February 15, 2021.