Tyre Brown, a recent Wallenberg High School graduate, is a finalist in a national documentary competition, Project VoiceScape. He and 14 other teens will travel to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony Thursday. Brown’s 8½-minute entry, "What is Jerkin’?" tells the story of his Sunset district dance crew, Space Cadetsz.
So what is jerkin’?
Jerkin’ is a form of dance. It was used for gangs down in L.A. back in the ’80s. And now my generation is using it for something positive. We have something to keep us busy and show our talents.
How did you get into filmmaking?
I go to this filmmaking program called Baycat. At school, I was in this film studies class, and I was looking at the bulletin board and I saw a Baycat flier. I called and they gave me a tour, and I just fell in love. They just gave me so much knowledge about different camerawork, film history.
What’s next for you?
I want to enroll in college and just keep on learning about film. I want to make documentaries and action movies. I like documentaries that I can relate to — dancing, sports, art, hip-hop, stuff like that.