The Prophecy goes on permanent display at the Lenape Nation Cultural Center in Easton, Pennsylvania

As Chief Red Hawk explains the Lenape story, The Prophecy of the Fourth Crow, “The First Crow was the Lenape before the coming of the Europeans. The Second Crow symbolized the death and destruction of our culture. The Third Crow was our people going underground and hiding. The Fourth Crow was the Lenape becoming caretakers again and working with everybody to restore this land.”

That story forms the centerpiece of a video, produced by Amit Das and Kristin Searle, that will be on display at Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania. Titled The Prophecy, the film introduces visitors as they enter the exhibition’s welcoming chamber. Read More


Freedom School wins 2011 Telly Award!

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. Since 1978, the Telly Award mission has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The Annual Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.


GSE Films Works in Progress: NEST Presents…

Networking Educational Entrepreneurs For Social Transformation, an initiative of PennGSE’s Executive Education, explores innovation and entrepreneurship in education in a TV series that profiles Educational Entrepreneurs- Inside The Actor’s Studio for Educational Entrepreneurship.


The Futures of School Reform

A unique collaboration between PennGSE and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, GSE Films is producing documentary on different visions of how School Reform could and should take place in the United States. The documentary features interviews with the nation’s leading educational scholars and commentators.


GSE Films and WHYY PBS Philadelphia

PennGSE and WHYY PBS Philadelphia are collaborating for the very first time to offer a unique video training program for educators. The WHYY PBS /Penn GSE Learning Media Production Certificate Program is a 4-week hands-on video production training work for educators. The workshop will take place in the WHYY production facilities in Philadelphia and students receive a University of Pennsylvania Certificate of Completion from the Graduate School of Education.


First Family

Based on the research of PennGSE’s Professor H. Stanton Wortham and his ongoing interest and commitment to the city of Norristown Pennsylvania, GSE Films is producing a documentary on the experiences of Mexican immigrants in Norristown Pennsylvania.


GSE Films and Research

In Fall 2011 and Spring 2012, PennGSE will launch a new academic initiative in the form of a graduate-level course that both theoretically and practically explores the relationship, possibilities and pros and cons of using film and filmmaking in academic research. The course marks a new collaboration between faculty from both PennGSE and the Annenberg School of Communication.

EDU545, COMM542, ANTH542
Documentary, Ethnography, and Research: Communicating Scholarship through Film/Video

This course asks students to think critically and carefully about the (potential) scholarly utility of filmmaking/videography as (1) a way of gathering data (a methodological value) and (ii) a way of presenting that data to scholarly and non-scholarly audiences (an epistemological and representational issue). A few guiding questions drive this two-semester course questions/concerns: What is the heuristic/analytical value of using film/video in the qualitatively observational social sciences? What problems arise from the deployment of such technologies as mechanisms for seeing/representing socio-cultural data? What are some of the most and least compelling ways of incorporating film/video work into qualitative research? Moreover, might we articulate and systematize a notion of “visual archives” in the social sciences such that ethnographic/scholarly representations produced in film/video can occupy (without anxiety) a place right alongside books and journal articles as valuable venues for the demonstration and dissemination of social scientific research?