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Two Video Institute Premieres this Spring

The Canisius College Video Institute premiered two student-produced documentaries this semester, NewBorn: Maternal Health and Resources in New York State and Love Conquers Fear: Lessons in Boxing and Life.

NewBorn premiered on Tuesday, March 26th and was produced by Canisius College students Kathryn MacConnell, Emyle Watkins and Elaine Stickney, with assistance from Deysha Johnson. This film focused on issues faced by pregnant or parenting women in New York. From homelessness to addiction, poverty and more, women across the state see barriers to accessing care. You can watch it here.

Love Conquers Fear: Lessons in Boxing and Life, a film produced by digital media arts students Alex Kontak ’19 and Ryan Gelder ’19, premiered on Monday, April 8. The film focused on a youth boxing program created for the purpose of helping high school students grow and develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Many of the participants were from Buffalo’s international high school, having recently relocated from third-world countries. Faith-based “life lessons” are woven seamlessly into each boxing lesson. You can watch it here.

Under the direction of Barbara Irwin, PhD, and Jamie O’Neil, the award-winning Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community. Students produce social documentaries and service-oriented videos – all connected by the theme of social justice – to promote discourse on ethical, social and cultural issues relevant to the world today.