Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) students will be featured in a docuseries about young people who are coming together through music and video production to address issues of social justice as part of the school's participation in the Philly Sound Exchange (PSE).
PSE is an organization that brings city and suburban high schools together and this past fall, music students from PWHS, Parkway Northwest High School, and KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy teamed up to compose 15 minutes of music while also engaging in conversations about race, equity and social justice. In the winter, the collaboration expanded to include video production and art students to produce a seven-episode web series. After working virtually together through the pandemic, the first episode, "Growing Flowers," has now been released. Other episodes will continue to be released this month up until June 2, when the visual album "Flowers" will be shared. You can view "Growing Flowers" here: https://youtu.be/d1L3VBEOsEA
Students from Chris McWilliams' Mass Media Honors class helped film and edit this first episode. They joined other students from Parkway Northwest HIgh School and KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy as part of the PSE collaboration. Those students are: TJ Cocoran, Shane Dunleavy, Treasure Greene, Chauncey Miller, Samantha Ondik, and Matthew Zack.
The projects are funded through a sponsorship with Vans, a grant from The Hive at Springpoint, and a GoFundMe campaign. As part of the partnership with Vans, some students had the opportunity to work on an "Ad for Creativity" for the sneaker company and its "Off the Wall" campaign. The commercial features PWHS student Calvin Cooper, who worked to write, record, and produce a song with another student under the mentorship of Philadelphia artist Orion Sun. You can watch that ad here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQUyrZuOPx0
Other students involved in this partnership are Zoe Zanders, Katie Smith, Melissa Silva, Hannah Park, and Chloe Balster.