"Our City - My Story" presents student films at Tribeca Festival

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Sandy Kenyon takes a look at a speical program for student filmmakers in New York City.

There's no shortage of famous people at the Tribeca Film Festival each year.

But many of tomorrow's stars get to premiere films there as well thanks to a special program.

Naeem David and Chevon Nelson made a short film that won a prize from the 'Tribeca Film Institute.'

Chevon says, "Now we have something from us to go to the world. I got to share my vision. He got to share his story."

Naeem adds, "It opens up a dream. It makes you realize that what we was reaching for wasn't too far away."

Students from all five boroughs and all nationalities are encouraged to enter the competition called "Our City - My Story."

The short movies are windows into the lives of young people on the verge of becoming adults.

A 'win' for Astoria's Tyler Blake offered him crucial personal validation.

"I wanted to make my parents proud," Tyler says, "But it was also an accomplishment for myself."

Tillie Simon, a classmate of Tyler's at The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, made a horror film.

Tillie says, "I felt fantastic that people could be scared by the stuff I came up with. That's a very powerful feeling."

The man who came up with the program, Vee Bravo, calls this year's presentation the most diverse in many years.

"Our City - My Story" presented a hundred films made by students as young as nine and as old as twenty one.
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