John “Yianni” Stamas and his Magic Neighbors Troupe make a difference in the Bronx. Stamas and his Video Film Web production company (web designing, digital marketing and blogging services) were hired by the NYC Department of Education to facilitate the documentary HSVD Rocks “for students by students” for the High School for Violin and Dance in the South Bronx.
While working on the project John, who lives just over the bridge in Inwood Manhattan, came to realize the challenges that exist in the Bronx and the spirited efforts that are being made to overcome them. He co-founded the blog, “Bronx News NYC” to provide a voice for the Bronx.
Additionally while working on the documentary, Yianni decided to further enhance the documentary’s mission by pulling together an outreach troupe from his Magic Neighbors group and did a performance at the Morrisannia Branch of the New York Public Library as a part of the NYPL’s Lights Camera Read contest for which he is co-creator.
“Theater outreach in a library venue can be a transformational experience for performers and audience alike. On behalf of the Magic Neighbors Troupe I can assuredly say that we enjoyed performing as much as the kids enjoyed the magic tricks, puppets and story participation.”
The Bronx High School for Violin and Dance gave Video Film Web the task of using student filmed footage to create a 15 minute documentary of the school The documentary is an exploration of the educational techniques used by the staff of High School for Violin and Dance to ensure that their students succeed in the world outside of the South Bronx. The South Bronx is the poorest congressional district in the U.S. and the work that the HSVD team is doing on the students’ behalf is admirable. Video Film Web is proud to be affiliated with this wonderful endeavor.