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Guns and Violence: A Teen's View

Terrence Fisher
Terrence Fisher shoots a film using equiptment from DCTV for his documentary about gun violence in Bed-Stuy.

Terrence Fisher, a 19-year-old Bedford-Stuyvesant teenager, wanted to show how guns were destroying his neighborhood. So, with guidance and assistance from Pro-TV, a project of the Downtown Community Television Center he was enrolled in to learn media arts, he began a documentary in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn about gun violence and culture.

What he didn't plan on was witnessing the death of a childhood friend who was mistakenly shot by a New York City police officer.

While attempting to discover why life is defined by a gun for many of his peers, Fisher ended up documenting his own and others' reactions to his friend's shooting, the subsequent media coverage, and the community's outrage in Bullets in the Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story.

And he sure didn't plan on winning a Special Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and becoming an Official Selection at both the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival.

When Fisher first began working with the staff at PRO-TV, he was a shy young man. The success of the film and the experience gained from making it has helped change him into a comfortable public speaker—attending screenings, festivals, and youth events to promote his award-winning film. He also has become a community activist, speaking up against gun violence in his community.

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