January 15, 2014

DecadesOut, a New York-based nonprofit arts organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the impact and social relevancy that science has on the arts, culture and human expression, is proud to unveil Metropolis Filmmakers, a new program aimed at educating aspiring young filmmakers and dedicated to introducing youth to the science and technique of traditional 16mm film production.


During two weekends in March, Metropolis Filmmakers is holding an exciting and intensive workshop teaching 16mm black and white analog filmmaking to six to eight young people ages 8-12. A week-long summer workshop is also being planned.

Award-winning filmmaker Jenny Perlin conceived this project and teamed up with Frank Kuzler, executive director of DecadesOut, to put together an amazing lesson plan, focusing on a hands-on approach concentrating on handmade animation, composition, lighting, optics, and of course, visual storytelling, not to mention 16mm Bolex wind-up cameras.

Workshops will be held at the DecadesOut studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, and will explore the unique landscape of this historic neighborhood.

Dates: Saturday, March 1 - Sunday, March 2 AND Saturday, March 8 – Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Times: 9:30AM - 3:30PM each day

DecadesOut is also planning a Metropolis Filmmakers summer intensive, from July 7-11, 2014.

For more information and to register please visit http://www.decadesout.org/index.php/projects-programs/metropolis-filmmakers. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 718.947.6815 with questions.

DecadesOut is thrilled to launch this program as it continues to prepare for its 2014Systems Festival, will include the Third Annual Science of Horror Film Festival, the Launch Pad Theatre Development Series, and the Documentary Film Lab. Events will also present work from filmmakers, visual artists, technologists, mainstream chefs and musical entertainers with panel discussions, exhibitions and live performance.  Numerous events highlighting the interactions between scientists and artists are being planned, including those with an educational focus in coordination with NY local schools.

About DecadesOut:
DecadesOut (www.decadesout.org), a nonprofit organization based in Lower Manhattan, takes its name from the inspiring words of President John F. Kennedy, who in 1961 said “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.”  The organization creates and promotes works that raise public awareness of the impact and social relevancy that science has on the arts, culture and human expression.  The group develops and produces works of fiction and nonfiction in film, theatre, visual arts and multimedia that look to transform the discourse between science and society through an artistic platform, and helps artists inspired by science to share their perceptions and explore socially relevant issues that speak to our existence.

About CUSP:
The Climate & Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP) is a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for partnerships in Philadelphia, New York, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC to create a joint model of climate change education for use in their cities and other cities across the country; a model that engages city (or urban) audiences in community-wide (or systems-level) issues related to climate change via local partnerships

CUSP (http://www.cuspproject.org/) is comprised of a network of informal educators, climate scientists, learning scientists and local community organizations across four cities, dedicated to improving local understanding of and engagement with climate change science. 

About Frank Kuzler:
Frank is the Executive Director and a Producer at DecadesOut. For over ten years, he has been writing, directing and producing independent films and video. Most recently, Frank has been producing non-fiction films and is in production on two feature length documentaries, FringeNYC the Film and Burning to Communicate.

Some producing credits include the feature film Rain which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and had its broadcast premiere on Showtime in February 2010; After the Apocalypse; New Land, New Life; as well as a handful of shorts and commercials.

About Jenny Perlin:
Jenny is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker who has been teaching and working with 16mm film and video for nearly 20 years. Jenny’s films have been shown nationally and internationally at museums, galleries, and film festivals like the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, and film festivals like Rotterdam, Berlin, and Migrating Forms here in New York. She is currently teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, the Cooper Union, and The New School in New York. You can see her work or read more about what she does at www.nilrep.net.