Monday, August 25, 2014

A Moment with Mike Mulat

 This past week, one of our wonderful team members left the organization. On Wednesday, the CMP crew said farewell to Media Educator Michael Mulat, who is joining his wife, Jasmine, in the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia) area to continue their work in Arts and Education. While we are sad to see Mike go, we are excited to witness what his future holds, and we know it will be a bright one!

 Mike came to us as a volunteer, working with our staff to create content for a variety of CMP Programs and Events. It wasn’t long before his talent as an artist, aptitude towards learning, and his ability as an educator became apparent. After a year of volunteering, Mike was made part of our home office staff, as a Media Educator.

 Over the next two years, Mike worked with youth in programs like Media Magic and DROP TV, working diligently to create amazing content for our promotions and website, and helped to provide a quality experience for all of our program participants. During his time with us, Mike created many great memories with students and staff alike. We asked some of the staff and students to provide insight on what it was like to work with Mike, by highlighting some of their favorite experiences. Here are some excerpts from those responses:

Mike in his element, teaching youth about filmmaking

“One of my favorite memories of Mike (and there are so many!) is from the winter/spring of 2012, when we took a group of youth to the Community Read book discussion nights at the Family Partnership Center. We'd teach Media Magic from 3:30 - 5:30, then we'd pile into my car and head over to the Sadie Peterson African Roots Library to meet with community members, non-profit leaders, and Poughkeepsie activists to discuss Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow. Even at the end of a long day, Mike always brought his quiet-but-keen insights and observations, while being so supportive of the youth as they worked through the tough issues raised in discussion. After a few weeks, the youth got to the point where they took initiative to lead the reading group through a small media production workshop, in which they led everyone through making radio PSAs about racial profiling and the prison-industrial complex. I know we couldn't have done it without Mike. The fact that those exhausting and long nights were still times of true learning and enjoyable discussion is a great example of Mike's heart, dedication, and diligence in helping to facilitate community transformation. He modeled for the youth how to have fun working hard, long hours on a project that matters to the community, and was - as always - a wonderful coworker and friend with whom to share that experience.”

- Mary Ellen Iatropoulos
Director of Education


“I have so many great memories of working with Mike. I’ve known him for long time now and have made amazing short films with him and the DROPTV groups… they were so much fun to work on and be a part of. Though one of my favorite memories of Mike was making the DROPTV short film Origin Story. With our DROPTV group we were able to collaborate all our ideas and make a short film about a super-hero finding his origin story their funny situations. Working with Mike on Origin Story was a fun experience that left everyone laughing. I am really glad I was able to work and get to know Mike. He is a great Teacher , Collaborator , and Friend.”

- Jack Palmiotti
Alumni, Youth Committee Member


“My favorite memory of Mike is when Mike, Ryan, and I, all went to teach a class at an elementary school. It is a memory I will cherish because it was the first time I’d set out on a job with my favorite teachers. It was one of those times when I wasn't a student anymore! I was on par with my own mentors! We had a great and chill time and that is what I liked the most. Mike is a very cool and talented guy and he gave me so much encouragement on my music! He will be very missed! Thank you Mike!”

- Nathaniel Jackson
Alumni


“The best memory I had was when I was first coming to CMP and he taught the group all these different techniques and dynamics to film. I enjoyed this the most because it broadened my perspective of how different the methods that are applied to developing a film can be.”

- Michael Davidson
Alumni


“I loved talking about Scorsese with Mike.”

- David Foley
Alumni


“My favorite memories with Mike are working with him on No Justice For Clint Monroe, No Reason, and Origin Story. They were all so much fun to work on, and it was awesome having him for both projects my first year here. No Reason has to be my favorite piece I've made at DROPTV; it was just so ridiculous and fun. Thanks for everything, Mike.”

- Sam Brinkley
Youth Producer, Youth Committee Member


“My favorite Mike memory is working with him on two pieces, Origin Story and The Contained. It was a great experience and while I worked with Mike he taught me all things I know now about camerawork and editing. He is a great teacher and I wish him the best.”

- Dion Pinkney
Alumni


“So CMP had just sent a bunch of us in a van to go to Troy, NY [to visit] another not-for-profit program called Media Sanctuary. It was a huge event - tons of people were there - and we collaborated with them to make some good work, and it was screened afterwards… On the ride back Mike sat next to me and we just started talking. I don't remember exactly what we talked about but I know we talked the whole car ride back. It was really cool to have someone to talk to on that ride and actually about real stuff and topics. When we got back all my friends were asked what we were talking about and I didn't have an actually answer - we were just talking. So after that I saw Mike a bunch of places and he's helped me a lot on my journey and he will very much be missed. So thank you mike and hope paths cross soon.”

- Nick Jackson
Alumni, Teaching Assistant


Our farewell brunch with Mike

 As you can tell from the above quotes, Mike’s quiet and friendly personality helped to create a pleasant and nurturing environment for both students and staff. He has been held in high regard with virtually anyone he comes into contact with, and his contributions to our organization, in particular, were paramount to the work we do here at CMP. He will be deeply missed here, but we have no doubt that wherever Mike’s journey leads him, he will continue to prove himself as an asset to that organization.

 Mike and Jasmine, we wish you the best of luck, and greatest success, in all of your future endeavors. We will miss you both!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Meet the Independent Producers of DROP TV: Part 4

Just when you thought the DROP crew couldn't get anymore creative, two producers take on their own independent projects. Roberto is doing a personal documentary, and Zoe has been making flash animations. 

 Name: Roberto


1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
George Lopez.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Anything good.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
A wolf named Dave.

4. Where do you want to travel?
Italy.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
Nothing yet.

7. What is your favorite color?
Red.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
Never watch “The Man of Steel”.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Lover.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
My birthday.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
My power would be to chance the texture of my skin from hard to chunky or smooth to chameleon like skin. I would use it for good.



Name: Zoe

1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
A character in a product I created.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Favorite band: Anamanaguchi Favorite musician: Mord Fustang.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
I would be an axolot and I would have an awesome name.

4. Where do you want to travel?
The best place ever!

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
There’s so many… I can’t choose!

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
I didn’t get to but it yet… I’m saving up…

7. What is your favorite color?
Blueish purple.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
Why are you asking me this?

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Fighter, but I am a nice person. I used to be a boxer and a grappler.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Get free food day.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
I would want the super power of being able to learn anything quickly (in just a day). I guess I would use it for good. (Or would I?!) .

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Get to Know the DROP TV Youth: Part 3

Meanwhile, over in Amanda's group, the youth producers prepare for the first ever DROP TV pizza challenge! Meet the creative team responsible for the event.

 Name: Al


1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
I would act in the new reboot of “Heroes”.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Maroon 5.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
If I were an animal, I’d be a wolf named Al.

4. Where do you want to travel?
I want to travel to the Shaolin Temple [In China].

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
Magic the Gathering cards.

7. What is your favorite color?
Green.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
I don’t have any.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
I’m a fighter.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Winter.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
The power to copy anything I see and I would use it for evil.



 Name: Alexander


1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Jim Carey in every movie.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
My favorite band is AC/DC, for now.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
If I were an animal, I would be a great white shark or a tuna fish.

4. Where do you want to travel?
Anywhere outside the United States.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Rocky Road.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
I’m not 100% sure. I want to say lunch.

7. What is your favorite color?
Red.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
I get consumed by watching movies and lose track of time.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Fighter.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
If I had any superpower, I would be able to see into the future but only a few hours at a time. I’d use it for good and evil.


 Name: Antonio


1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Anything Marvel related.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Weird Al.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
Gorilla.

4. Where do you want to travel?
Canada.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and cream.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
Nothing.

7. What is your favorite color?
Red.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
Bread.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Both.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
The hulk; I’d be an Anti-hero.




Name: Khadija

1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
The Twilight series as Bella, "Think Like a Man".

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Big Time Rush and One Direction.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
Lioness named Simba.

4. Where do you want to travel?
All around the world.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and cream and Grapenut.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
Clothes.

7. What is your favorite color?
Black and bright colors.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
I like the smell of gasoline and eating dirt.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Both.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Boxing day, New Year's Eve, Jamaican Independence Day, Jamaican Emancipation Day and Grand Market Day [Jamaican holidays].

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
Disappear and the power of nature.





Name: Tyler

1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Ed, Edd and Eddy would be awesome.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Coldplay/Gorillaz.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
A cat named P. Kitty.

4. Where do you want to travel?
Italy, France or Japan.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
 Gasoline.

7. What is your favorite color?
Blue/ purple.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
Eating take out and binging on Netflix.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Both. Whoa.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
Invisibility or flight. I would use it to my advantage.



Name: Amanda

1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
I’d like to be in the show “Firefly,” by Joss Whedon.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Panic! At the Disco.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
I’d be a peregrine falcon named Effervescence, or a gryphon. 

4. Where do you want to travel?
To every continent at least twice and every state at least once.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Rocky Road.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
New tires for my car and Just Dance 2014.

7. What is your favorite color?
Sky blue.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
Really terrible movies.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
I’m a reader.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas Eve.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
I would like to be able to grow wings. I’d use them to travel the world for leisure and to save people who fall off of things.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Get to Know the DROP TV Youth: Part 2


DROP TV producers are also working with Ryan to create a Sci-fi short film called "The Panopticon." 
Here's a chance to get to know the youth involved in this project. 




Name: Jack

1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Movie: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou TV: Seinfeld.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
The Ramones, Dinosaur jr., Mad Villan, Public Enemy and a lot of the old classic rock bands.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
I would be an owl and my name would be Tobias.

4. Where do you want to travel?
Portland, Oregon.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Panda paws (that’s vanilla and chocolate ice cream with peanut butter swirls.)

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
I saved up my paycheck.

7. What is your favorite color?
Orange.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching infomercials.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Lover.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Halloween/ go skate day.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
If I could have any superpower it would be to time travel and I would use it for good.




Name: Jade

1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Stand by Me.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
The Replacements, The Smiths, Against me, Morrissey, Lou Reed, Bikini Kill.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
Minou named Little Mell.

4. Where do you want to travel?
Glasgow, Scotland.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Red Velvet.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
Bought some props for my film and some records.

7. What is your favorite color?
Green.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
I love ABBA.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Lover.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
Stop time, and use it for good.
Name: Sami

1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Phineas and Ferb.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Fall Out Boy.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
 Panda named Sami.

4. Where do you want to travel?
England.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Fudge Swirl.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
A book ( Four: A Divergent Collection.)

7. What is your favorite color?
Purple.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
I don’t believe in them.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Fighter.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
Telekenesis, I would use it for good (As in never moving.)



Name : Ryan

1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Lost in Translation.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
They Might Be Giants.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
Sloth, because they rock, and sleep a lot. My name would be Slothington.

4. Where do you want to travel?
Everywhere, especially the moon.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
Clothes, Jordans, and food. I made $120 that summer [the first summer he had a job].

7. What is your favorite color?
Blue.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
Romantic comedies.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Love hurts, so does fighting, only with Mr. Nate.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
New Years.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? good or evil?
Organ Man. I’d use it for evil.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Get to Know the DROP TV Youth: Part 1

The DROP TV producers took a break from their busy schedule to answer a few questions about themselves. First up, the team who have been working with Mike on a horror movie spoof!




Name: Ari

1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Transformers 4.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Don’t have one.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
I would be a lion and my name would be Ari.

4. Where do you want to travel?
Around the world.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
 Vanilla.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
Nothing, I’m saving up.

7. What is your favorite color?
Blue.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
Cashews.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
A lover/ fighter.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas and Thanksgiving.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
 I would love to fly and I would use it for good.






Name:  Dion

1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Batman.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Kanye West.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
A wolf, named Lone Alpha.

4. Where do you want to travel?
Tokyo Japan.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
Xbox One.

7. What is your favorite color?
Sky Blue.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
Laziness.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Lover.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
Super Speed, I'd use it for good on occasions.


 

Name: Azzan

1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Two Steps.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
Falcon.

4. Where do you want to travel?
Madagascar.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Pear ice cream.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
I haven’t bought anything yet.

7. What is your favorite color?
Red.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
None.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Lover, bro.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
Any power Superman has is fine. I’d use it for myself and I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether that’s good or bad.


 Name: Donald


1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Family Guy.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Calvin Harris.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
A sugar glider named Calvin.

4. Where do you want to travel?
Salar de Uyuni.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and cream.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
Gave my sister $50.

7. What is your favorite color?
Blue.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
None.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Lover.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
Telekinesis.


Name: Sade 

1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Pretty Little Liars.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Bruno Mars.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be? 
Something that flies. My name would be Blaizer.

4. Where do you want to travel?
Somewhere tropical.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
 Chocolate.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
I gave Tyler money.

7. What is your favorite color?
Blue.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
Soda.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Fighter.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
 Halloween.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
Mind reading, probably both.


Name: Michael

1. If you could be an actor in any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Arrested Development.

2. What is your favorite musician or band?
Right now, it’s Mos Def.

3. If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and what would your name be?
A monkey named Mike.

4. Where do you want to travel?
Vietnam for the food.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A combination of chocolate and strawberry.

6. What is the first thing you bought with your paycheck?
Nothing.

7. What is your favorite color?
Green.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
Vann Damme movies.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Lover.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Easter.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Would you use it for good or for evil?
Mind control. I don’t believe in good or evil, so I’ll do the right thing.


Monday, August 4, 2014

DROP TV Spotlight: Roberto


For this special blog post, the MC’s are highlighting one of DROP TV’s producers, Roberto. We got an inside look at him, his team and his documentary, “The Miracle,” about a heart transplant he received at eight-years-old. “The Miracle” will premiere on the upcoming episode of DROP TV.


Question: Why did you decide to do a piece about something so personal?

Answer: The reason why I decided to do something personal was because there are people who have a lot of health conditions and there are also a lot of people who don’t care about those who are sick. If people hear this story they might be more inclined to help those who might need an organ transplant.

Q: What were some of the things you dealt with before your surgery?
A: Well before my surgery, my heart wasn’t working very well. The left side was working but the other side wasn’t, it was kind of like a half of a heart, but different. I mean I did pretty well. I didn’t do a lot of exercises, even in school I wasn’t allowed to do gym until the fourth grade. After, like now, I’m doing pretty well. I don’t get shortness of breath easily and I do a lot of sports and exercises.

Q: Besides better health, how else has this surgery changed your life? 
A: It got me stronger, it made me smarter for some reason; I have no idea why. It showed me that no matter how many health conditions you have, there is no submitting, meaning giving up until you have to.

Q: What inspired you to tell your story?
A: When we were going over the list of what had to be in the episode [of DROP TV]  and they talked about a personal piece, I realized I could tell my story to YouTube.
    
Q: What is the message you are trying to convey with your piece?
A: The message I’m trying to give, there’s two actually. The first message is, those who have health conditions such as needing a kidney or a heart or if possible a new spine, you should always help those who need to be helped. Second is, when you’re in the hospital and you think there is a chance for you to give up, you do not give up. You do not submit. You keep trying until you find a way.

Q: What do you remember most about life before your surgery?
A: The things I remember most about life before my surgery were me having a normal, typical life. Playing with my brothers, hanging out with my mom and dad, being with friends. I do remember having to go to the hospital a lot because of the heart. It wasn’t every day but once every month I had to go.

Q: What would you say to a little boy who is now in the same position you were in at that age?
A: I would say to that little boy, do not give up and do not submit. If you can, have fun and try not to eat the waffles [in the hostpital], because they are very soggy.

Q: How did your family deal with your surgery?
A: My mom was kind of nervous, my dad was normal and he was mostly there a lot for me. My brothers were a little worried but they always came to see me.

Q: Are there any precautions you have to take because of this?
A: I can do a lot of stuff, but what I mostly can’t do is eat grapefruit, because of the   medication I take. Also, with the new heart, I can get easily out of breath so when I run they say don’t push it.

Q: Where do you think your passion for media came from?
A: When I was four I saw my first movie, the Batman movie, and there was a lot of stuff that they did which was very amazing. When I was five I saw “The Terminator.” It was very interesting with all the robots and it kept me thinking, “I want to make a movie someday with a lot of effects,” and that’s why I wanted to do film directing.

Q: What is something you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t because of your heart condition?
A: Before my heart condition I wanted to play a sport; I wanted to play soccer. I always watched the world cup with my dad and I was always interested in soccer but because of my heart condition I wasn’t able to. But now, after the heart transplant, hopefully in the high school I’m going to join the soccer team.

Q: What are some of your ideas for future pieces
A: One idea that I thought of was, it’s 20 years in the future and this guy wakes up out of nowhere. He’s in this room and he doesn’t know how he got in there so he goes out in the world finding out who he was and what’s his purpose, but a group of people are trying to stop him. He was like, a secret weapon to their organization. If he knew who he was, he would come after them and just annihilate them.

Q: What celebrity have you always wanted to work with, like actors or directors? 
A: One of my favorite actors is George Lopez. He was in “Rio,” he played Rafael and it was just so funny what he was saying to the wife and the kids, it was just hilarious.

Q: Who do you want to thank for helping you with this production?
A: The person I would want to thank for helping with my piece would be my brother Arturo. We always dreamed of making a movie together, maybe like a short film and with the idea I have we could do it. So one day we will.

 

Special reporting by MC Larken. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Week 4 at the DROP House

The DROP TV House is buzzing with activity! Take a glimpse at what's been going on this week.