PKX Festival: Reel Exposure
May 5-7, 2023
Screening & Festival at the Trolley Barn Gallery
489 Main St, Poughkeepsie
PKX International Reel Exposure Teen Film and Photography Festival Celebrates
10 Years in the Hudson Valley! Tickets to the festival are free with suggested donation. Pre-registration for the screening on Saturday and the industry panel Q&A on Sunday is required.
Viewers can expect to see a mix of film genres in film festival lineup, including animations, documentaries, dramas, horror, and comedies from teen filmmakers on Saturday, May 6, 2023 (RSVP required). In the past, submissions have come from The United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, Mexico, China, and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Professional and youth jurors selected photographs from submissions from teens ages 13-19 across the world. In the past, submissions have come from Singapore, Italy, Islamic Republic of Iran, and the United States. Opening with a public reception on May 5, this exciting youth exhibition remains on display at the Trolley Barn Gallery from May 5 – June 16, 2023
New this year, Reel Exposure will be brought to you by The Art Effect’s PKX Festival, an exciting building block to the development of the Youth Arts Empowerment Zone, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant, establishing a youth-led arts district in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery. In addition to youth-produced short films, and a photography exhibition, Reel Exposure: A PKX Festival will feature a youth-led public art installation, film race, screenings, food trucks, family-friendly activities and an industry panel Q&A!
REEL EXPOSURE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Friday, May 5
5:00 – 8:00 PM
5 PM: 24-hour Film Race Begins
6 PM: Photography Opening Reception
6:30 PM: Photography Award Presentation
7:30 PM: Featured Artist Talk & Unveiling
Saturday, May 6
12:00 – 3:00 PM
5:00 – 8:00 PM
6 PM: International Film Festival Screening
7:30 PM: Film Award Presentation and Q&A
8 PM: Featured Artist Showing
Sunday, May 7
12:00 – 4:00 PM
12:30 PM: Breaking into the Business: Insider Info from Film and Media Professionals Industry Panel & Brunch With:
- Mary Stuart Masterson (entrepreneur and founder of Stockade Works and Upriver Studios, LLC.
- Nile Clark, video journalist, founder of news blog and media company The Goodie Drop
- Hezues R., director of Shots Fired and Asian Mob
- Jasmine Garvin, alumna of The Art Effect who was recently featured in Peacock’s Poker Face
- Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, Vice President of News Programming at Nickelodeon and Executive Producer of Nick News
2:00 PM: 24-hour Film Race Screening and Audience Choice Awards
About PKX Reel Exposure International Teen Film and Photo Festival
The Art Effect’s annual PKX Reel Exposure International Teen Film and Photography Festival in Poughkeepsie, NY will be even bigger and better than before for 2023 as we return to an in-person festival featuring innovative photography and short films – narrative, animation, experimental, and documentary – created by talented young artists, ages 13-19 from across the world, plus family-friendly festival activities, panel discussion, and MUCH MORE!
Reel Exposure: A PKX Festival brings together a diverse representation of youth-produced films and photography, from both newcomers to the craft, as well as established young artists. The selected films are screened in a showcase and the selected photography is hung as an exhibition at the Trolley Barn Gallery in Poughkeepsie, NY — The ONLY youth-led gallery in the nation!
The past two years of the festival went virtual and were a smashing success with more than 2,200 viewers from across the globe tuning in, along with a live Q&A panel with festival finalists. This year’s festival will take place in person on May 5-7, 2023, but will still allow international attendees to join us for the festival online with a virtual gallery and an online screening of the film showcase!
PKX Festival is a building block to the development of the Youth Arts Empowerment Zone funded by the NEA Our Town Grant in the City of Poughkeepsie, NY. The Youth Arts Empowerment Zone will establish a youth-led arts district in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery with The Art Effect as the anchor arts institution.
“Seeing a film you put all of this work into actually get attention, to have people genuinely enjoy something you made at Reel Exposure, it’s really special, especially when you’re just starting out. It was a call to action for me, like, ‘This is something you’re supposed to do, keep at it!” – Matthew Hamilton, 2020 Reel Exposure Participant
Please consider becoming a sponsor to help support the youth arts programming taking place in the Hudson Valley right now!
This program is partially funded by monies received from the New York State Council on the Arts and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Art Effect empowers youth to develop their artistic voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change.