Teens at the Museum: We Are Cinema

Teens at the Museum: We Are Cinema

The PMA is opening its doors to young adults ages 13-19 for an all-access event. There will be free tickets to the Rolling Tapes Film Festival for you and your friends, as well as free food, a raffle, and giveaways. Also, enjoy drop-in pin making projects, gallery talks designed and run by our Homer High School Fellows, and check out the Richard Avedon show, featuring label text written by teens.

Please enjoy all the PMA has to offer in an afternoon full of film, art, music, and friends.
Check-in at the table when arriving, and for more information contact Martha Schnee, Youth and Teen Programs Coordinator.

Homer High School Fellows is supported by the Lunder Homer Education Endowment at the Portland Museum of Art.

About Rolling Tapes
Rolling Tapes Short Film and Art Festival focuses on young filmmakers in Maine who are creating unconventional, non-traditional or experimental work. The purpose of the festival is to give a platform to the young filmmaker whose work isn’t normally recognized. Our goal is to inspire young artists in Portland and throughout Maine to pursue their passion and talent, and to cultivate community, excitement and support for young local filmmakers. 

Short films begin at 2pm. Runtime is 30-35 minutes. Q+A with the organizers following the screening.

Who is Behind Rollings Tapes?

The festival was created by Daniel Kayamba, Henry Spritz and Claude Kirongozi and they hope to build the film community of young filmmakers in Maine. They focus on work that isn’t following a mainstream style or traditional narrative and the festival welcomes any skill level of filmmaking.

Daniel Kayamba is a Portland, Maine-based filmmaker and photographer currently living in Chicago, Illinois and studying film at Columbia College. He has been creating films and taking pictures since his Junior year of high school and has continued to pursue his passion ever since. He was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and his family moved to America when he was 9 years-old hoping to seek a better life and more opportunities. He often takes inspiration from his own life experiences and a lot of his work revolves around his community and stories of the black condition through his eyes. As an artist, he aims to tackle social issues with films and tell stories with universal themes and messages. He considers himself an experimental filmmaker and strives to distinguish his work from traditional and mainstream styles.

Henry Spritz is a 17 year-old filmmaker from Portland, Maine, where he currently attends Waynflete School. He began filmmaking in eighth grade and since, has become involved in the Maine film scene, collaborating with other artists, teaching workshops and screening his work locally. He not only directs, writes and shoots his own films, but also collaborates with local musicians to create the soundtracks in order to create a cohesive vision every time. His work often focuses on his home, Portland, Maine, its conflicts, its residents, and their stories. With his films, his goal is to create an emotional connection with the viewer and express a specific feeling rather than a traditional narrative. His film, "Oldtown", has been screened in Portland, New York and Miami.

Claude Kirongozi is a Portland-based filmmaker and photographer. He was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has lived in the US for about 12 years. He says that Maine has played a huge role in his upbringing. Always interested in the process of creation, he's expressed his interest through everything from drawing to making small films with his friends. Film has helped him express his world views and communicate his ideas to others. His work focuses on the idea of being young and free. He also designs clothes with his brother, through the clothing brand "Lacuna" (which means an "empty space" or "void").