Local Library Gets Hollywood Treatment
By Gary G. Toms
"The Mission Is Possible", a youth awareness documentary will be filmed at the Queens Public Library's Arverne Branch, located at 312 Beach 54 Street in Far Rockaway, on Monday, July 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The documentary will feature four ex-cons (three males and one female) in rap sessions with youth, some of which have been labeled at risk, and parents from the Rockaway area.
The project is a collaboration between Boedai Entertainment, Real 2 Reel, and the following sponsors: BEST BUY, The Queens Public Library, DuArt Film & Video, Entenmanns and the Weed and Seed Program.
Topics that will be discussed during filming will include drugs, gangs, education and anger management.
Jason Scianno, who served as a production manager on music videos for Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, LL Cool J, Brandy and Tony Bennett, will direct the film. His goal is to give the educational documentary a music video look so that it will appeal to the youth.
Kelli Cooper, also known as "Kelli C", the founder, President, and CEO of Boedai Entertainment, was born in Harlem, but raised in the Far Rockaway area. During her high school years, she discovered a passion for the arts by writing short stories, hosting school talent shows and becoming a rapper named "Kelli Kel." She graduated from Far Rockaway High School in 1984, and continued her education at St. Francis College, where she earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Communications in 1989.
It was also in 1989 that Cooper joined the New York City Police Department. In 1996, she was named Police Officer of the Year, and she is currently a delegate in the Guardians Association, an organization within the NYPD consisting of black law enforcement representatives. Her present assignment is Youth Officer at the 114th Precinct.
In 2001 Cooper founded Boedai Entertainment, and in 2002 she created Real 2 Reel to show youth the pitfalls of negative behaviors and to teach them, as she describes, "to stop waiting and start creating."
"This documentary will be very powerful, and we are hoping that kids will get the message that is being put out there. Too many kids are taking the wrong path, and we are going to try and help them by doing this documentary," said Cooper.