CHICAGO (CBS) — Some Chicago public housing residents have put their experiences on the big screen.
DePaul University has teamed up with the Chicago Housing Authority on a documentary program.READ MORE: 'Heartbreaking': Family, Friends On Englewood Mass Shooting With 4 Dead, 4 Injured
Sixteen young female residents worked together over the summer to make films about bullying, teen pregnancy, violence, and single parent versus dual parent homes.
Thursday night’s screening at DePaul’s CDM Theatre was the second time the films had been shown to a group after the girls spent six weeks working on them.READ MORE: Crews Switch To Foam In Fighting Rockton Chemical Plant Fire; Those Who Were Evacuated Remain Away From Homes
The high school students don’t receive college credit for their turns as directors, producers, camera operators, and editors; but they do get a certificate from DePaul and a film on their résumés.
Director of the program, Liliane Calfee, said the girls learned valuable technical skills from DePaul student-mentors, and had a chance to talk about issues they find important.MORE NEWS: 6 Hurt In South Austin Porch Collapse
Calfee said the CHA provided $55,000 for the program, which will begin accepting applicants in the spring for next summer’s class.