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ATLANTA – WASHINGTON, DC – THE WORLD
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THE BIG DREAMS PROJECT’S PANDEMIC
On Saturday, March 14, 2020, The Big Dreams Project presented their last, on-stage production for Women’s History Month. The pandemic was in full force. We had no idea on that Monday, schools would be shut down and that there would be such a monumental change in how our youth would learn and interact. The Directors of The Big Dreams Project knew they had implemented new and engaging ways to reach and teach. We were deeply concerned about the effects of our youth’s sudden disconnection with their peers and interruption of everyday life. Our performing arts classes held after school ceased. We were greatly concerned because we knew our performing arts classes were places to learn new school kills, engage in lively performing arts, developed character, and decompress after long days in public schools.
The Directors decided to offer virtual performing arts classes including drama, public speaking, creative writing, and dance classes. About 95% of our in-person students switched to virtual and by the summer of 2020, we doubled in virtual numbers with students from Georgia, Washington DC, Texas, and Kuwait! By the summer and fall of 2020, we decided to also hold classes with Georgia youth, in person, outside, and inside while physically distancing wearing a mask. These performing arts classes turned into something special, using music dance, and drama to keep youth connected and finally get them out of the house under safe measures.
THE BIG DREAMS PROJECT FILM SERIES:
COPING WITH QUARANTINE: FROM PANDEMIC TO PROTEST
written/produced/directed by Selentia Q. Moore for THE BIG DREAMS PROJECT
written/produced/directed by Selentia Q. Moore
Josiah D. Moore, Contributing Writer
Our writer, producer, director, Selentia Moore decided to explore new possibilities! With contributions from parents and the cofounders of TBDP, a film director and media specialist was hired. Amidst the protests and pandemic and our push to keep youth involved creatively, spiritually, and mentally supported, Mrs. Moore, created and directed our first 45-minute short film: COPING WITH QUARANTINE: From Pandemic to Protest. This short film gave our youth an outlet to use their gifts and talents during a very challenging time. Using the city of Atlanta as a backdrop, our youth and a few volunteer adults amazingly endured the heat and created a beautiful film filled with drama, poetry, dance, and vocal music.
Mrs. Moore wanted to give the youth performers an unforgettable experience, especially because they worked so hard during a time when they could have given up. So, Mrs. Moore reached out to AMC THEATERS and asked about holding a physically distanced/masked screening for THE BIG DREAMS PROJECT’S first short film. Again, donations from parents, The Moore’s, friends, and family made this screening possible and covered all costs. On December 20, 2020, COPING WITH QUARANTINE: From Pandemic to Protest was screened at AMC THEATERS PHIPPS PLAZA in Atlanta, Georgia.
After the buzz and success of the first short film, it was decided that we would continue on with classes and shoot a second film. This film was not a short one. UNMUTED MEMORIES, a tribute to black history, was also written/produced/directed by Mrs. Moore. With an intense storyline, this full-length drama is about a man who battled with physical and mental illness.
UNMUTED MEMORIES screening was also held at AMC THEATER, exactly 1 year to the day, unintentionally on March 14th, the same day of THE BIG DREAMS PROJECT’S last onstage production in 2020.