When the intimate filmed portraits of grief, faith, childhood, survival, art and transgender life debuted at Landmark Spectrum Theater in Albany earlier this year, the 11 young Capital Region artists who created the documentaries saw their publicly screened work as a reassurance they were filmmakers. For Bhawin Suchak, co-founder and co-executive director of Youth FX, having the community see a formidable group of young Black and brown filmmakers was a statement.
“These are young people that are in your community that you pretty much ignore,” Suchak said, recalling the screening. “Here they are. This is what they can do if you give them space, access to the tools and care.”