TakeBreakMake is an after-school, youth media based project for high school students in Richland County District 1. Hosted in the Helen Hill Media Education Center, in partnership with Harriet Hancock LGBT Center and USC’s Women and Gender Studies program, TakeBreakMake provides video production and media literacy instruction for the purpose of empowering high school students to not only tell their own story but to develop new modes of storytelling.

At the beginning of the program students will dive into their first assignment – taking, breaking, and making media.  Collecting videos from all over the web related to LGBT rights, issues, or lives, students will cut them down into smaller accessible montages assessing the current state of queer media.  After this exercise, students learn about the history of LGBT youth culture in the media through a screening of Vito Russo’s The Celluloid Closet.  After this introductory period, the work of a new queer media artist will be introduced every week, to which the students will create works that respond in either style, topic, or critique.

Over the course of this workshop, students will be creating nearly a dozen short works, including documentary, experimental, and narrative (or any combination).  However, near the end of the program the students will be expected to create a 5-10 minute manifesto film, which will be the accumulation of their skills and research done over the course of the workshop.  All manifesto films and a selection of the shorts will be screened at the end of the program at both The Nick and the University of South Carolina.

Click here to download the program application (Please download the pdf and open in Preview or Adobe Reader to fill out the forms)