Buffalo Going To the Big Screen

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - This is just one of the many stories about Buffalo produced and directed by students with the Youth Media Institute.

“We were assigned a partner and we picked a business to do a short documentary,” Student Elisha Jackson said.

Jackson was in the class and he has some big goals.

“I’m really into the idea of making movies and I want make movies when I grow up,” Jackson said.

This is a summer school group, producing films about the Queen City. This year they focused on the Westside of Buffalo highlighting businesses and special places in that area.

“We live in a visually oriented culture and to be able to make movies and tells stories this way is very empowering them,” Teacher Mark James said.

This class is taken at the Squeaky Wheel on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo. Jax Deluca runs the media center.

“Squeaky Wheel is a non-profit, artist run, grass roots media arts center. We have a micro-cinema, a gallery and we do equipment rentals. We do everything we can to support media artist,” Deluca said.

This film project was called Westside Stories. Jackson said it not only help the students but also benefited that community.

“The west side is really an area that people write off as a place they don't want to visit but there is a lot of fun stuff over there and a lot of great businesses,” Jackson said.

The students did it all, shooting, writing and editing the video. They will now get to see their work on the big screen right in the Queen City.