Cradle, The Film

After the success of Fast Life, Prince Sprauve sought to expand his vision, and establish Told By Us Productions a non-profit organization in 2014.

TBU is currently in production on Cradle, a new film that addresses the alarmingly high rates of teen pregnancy in Schenectady, NY. With an original script and soundtrack written and performed by teens, Cradle explores the aspects of urban culture that facilitate this epidemic.

Cradle includes the development of documentary shorts featuring local teen parents and music videos.

 

Teenage Pregnancy

  • Adolescent mothers are less likely to complete high school and marry
  • Adolescent mothers are more likely to live in poverty
  • Boys born to teenage parents are almost twice as likely to end up in prison
  • Girls born to teenage parents are almost twice as likely to become teen mothers themselves
  • Schenectady County has the 6th highest teen pregnancy rate of upstate NY counties (NYS Department of Health, 2014)

Student Work

Sprauve’s students have interviewed actual teenage mothers to gain insight on the issue. One girl explained during an interview, “I got pregnant because my mother died and I was looking for someone to love me.” The result of this research in conjunction with the personal experiences of the students involved has laid the foundation for the storyline, which is still in process. In addition to having starring roles in the film, students will be offered the opportunity to showcase their original music on the accompanying soundtrack. The recording and editing of the soundtrack will take place simultaneously. In order to streamline efficiency, Sprauve recruited Ryan Sanborn, a long time colleague, to facilitate the audio portion of the program.

Research Team

Currently, a half dozen students who have been designated as the projects “research team” are working with Sprauve to gather the necessary background material.  In addition to performing a qualitative analysis of the interviews, students are reading relevant articles on teen pregnancy, meeting with knowledgeable professionals at Ellis Hospital to discuss local data on the subject and researching statistics and financial metrics to determine the impact the current trend has on Schenectady County.

Social Media Campaign

#JUSTDOITRIGHT is a teen driven campaign to change social norms about teen pregnancy and teen parenting. Cradle- the film, its soundtrack, music videos and documentaries- will be used to inspire the community to support teens. This entails working towards the prevention of future teen pregnancies, while helping existing teens parents achieve their academic and career related goals.

Our Partners & Sponsors

Told By Us Productions would like to thank these partners for their generous support:

Boys & Girls Club
Carlilian Foundation
City of Schenectady
Community Fathers
Girls, Inc.
Planned Parenthood (Mohawk Hudson)
Proctors
Schenectady City School District
The Schenectady Foundation
Wright Family Foundation
Stewart’s Shops
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Support Cradle

Your gift of support will:

  • Help teen parents share their story
  • Provide professional training to youth in film and music production
  • Raise community awareness of the impact of teen pregnancy

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