YOUR VIDEO WANTED
We want to see your homemade
video recording your walk home at night. We are creating
a mini-documentary based on what our Riders experience and how
they feel at night as they make their way home (can be from public
transportation, your job, a nightlife establishment, your friends
house, etc). We're looking for raw footage so no worries about
having video editing skills.
Videos should be submitted by April
Here's the regs:
1) you identify as a woman, transgender (m or
f identified) or gender-queer individual.
2) you must live in the NYC area, in one of our current or upcoming*
3) you have access to a digital video recorder
- we have limited availability to lend equipment.
4) at the beginning of the video, please have
the camera focused on you in a well-lit place (be sure you're not
back-lit!) for 30 seconds while you say your first name, the neighborhood
you live in, and where you are walking
from. Please describe your walk home and any safety issues (i.e. "I
live 8 blocks from the 6 train at Brook Ave. I do not feel safe
walking down the quickest route home late at night because of X,
Y, Z so I take a longer route home", etc.)
5) be with a friend to record the route that might
be not the safest if you were by yourself, especially late at night.
If your walk home is poorly-lit, feels unsafe/questionable, please
record this. Let us know how you feel. We're looking for the stark
reality of the struggles you face getting home at night.
6) you can be walking (and your friend recording
you, as you are walking) or you can be the one recording the video
as you are walking. Be sure to walk slow enough that the camera
is steady/doesn't bounce too much and feel free to talk about how
you feel about the safety in your neighborhood, getting home late
at night, the cost of living in NYC, whatever factors impact your
physical safety, etc.
7) the video should be 2 - 10 minutes in length
and submitted to us by April 15th.
8) by submitting your video, you
agree to release all rights to the video to RightRides for Women's
Safety for our promotional use. We agree to credit your work and
list you as a contributor, where and when possible.
...so WHY are we doing this? Because your physical safety is an issue
we care about. Because limited funds mean that many can't always
afford a taxi home and walking from public transport isn't always
a safe option. Because RightRides is trying to expand to serve more
neighborhoods and YOUR VIDEO will make a profound, visual impact
on potential funders who are interested in supporting this program.
We need money to expand RightRides into other areas and your participation
and video can go a long way!
to let us know you are making a video! We'll help answer any questions
you have and give you specific instructions on how to get the tape
Please feel free to forward to anyone interested. Thank you for helping
us make RightRides possible!
*in 2007 RightRides would like to expand to these neighborhoods:
Bronx: Melrose, Mott Haven, Port Morris, The Hub
Brooklyn: Sunset Park
Manhattan: East Harlem, Harlem, West Harlem, plus all neighborhoods
23rd Street and south.