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Urban Farming & Filmmaking

Yatte Moore discovered two passions and talents in the past two years that he didn't know he possessed: farming and filmmaking. Yatte's brother Desmond Moore was working with Angelic Organics Learning Center at Blackhawk Courts Farm & Gardens and got his older brother involved. Farming wasn't easy work, but Yatte found that he was good at it. "It made me a man," Yatte explains of working on the farm.

He discovered he possessed another talent when he enrolled in Make Moving Pictures Film School, a project sponsored by Rockford Housing Authority (RHA), Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, and Rockford Area Arts Council and facilitated by film-maker Pablo Korona, best know for his series, "Our City, Our Story". The purpose of Make Moving Pictures is to teach RHA residents how to tell their own stories, document them and edit them.  .Yatte Moore and Tia Smith, both residents of Blackhawk Courts community, were Pablo's first students and they quickly learned the trade and developed their own style and voice.

Make Moving Pictures, Pablo Korona, Yatte Moore, Tia Smith, Roots & Wings, Blackhawk Courts 

Tia Smith, Pablo Korona, and Yatte Moore

In March, Yatte and Tia were able to share the fruits of their labor in a film premier that took place at the Nordlof Center in Rockford, IL. Yatte created his own film and also starred in one of Tia's documentaries. The films were very well-received by the large crowd. Both Tia and Yatte have continued to do film and photography work (for Yatte, in addition to farming with the Learning Center at Blackhawk Courts Farm & Gardens.) They are both available for hire. Yatte can be contacted here. Tia can be emailed here.

Last night, Yatte led the Angelic Organics Learning Center board meeting with a tour of the farm and introduced the film Tia made about his life. We are excited to share the films here with you now!

Tia's Video about Yatte Moore, featuring Blackhawk Courts Farm & Gardens

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Yatte's Film About Valerie Spencer

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By Jessie Crow Mermel

Communications Coordinator