Documenting gems: Lights, camera, girl power!

  • GEM is a six-week pilot project held at the Women's Park on West Flagler Street that includes theater, yoga, self-esteem building, public speaking, art and a documentary film project, run by the Florida Film Institute Inc. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Cassandra Lillo, 12, left, and Gabriela Espino Delgado, 11, right, begin working on their first documentary video on July 19. The girls are part of Miami-Dade County Park and Recreations GEM program. The six-week project, at Women's Park includes a film project component run by the Florida Film Institute Inc. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Carl Kesser and Arturo Sande, both with the Florida Film Institute, work with a group of young students while teaching them the art of documentary film making. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Carl Kesser, left, and Arturo Sande, both with the Florida Film Institute, help Alejandra Sarmiento and Cassandra Lillo go over the scene they will shoot. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Angelica Pinkney, 12, helps position the camera to get ready for the subject of a documentary she and 16 other young girls will begin shooting. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sabrina Ramos, 12, applies makeup to Lydia Rubio's face before beginning work on her documentary video. Ramos is the assistant director and Rubio, an artist, is one of three women the girls from the GEM program are making the documentary film about. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Emily Roberts, 12, practices her lines while working on her first documentary video. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Gabriela Espino Delgado, left, Emily Roberts, 12, and Sabrina Ramos, 12, are overjoyed after just getting their interview cut perfectly. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Alejandra Sarmiento, 11, under the watchful eyes of Carl Kesser, lines up her camera to shoot Elizabeth Cozad, one of three women who have contributed to the Miami-Dade community. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Shakira Mirabal, 11, listens to instructions on how to use the boom microphone during the making of her first documentary video. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Samantha Ames, 11, begins her interview with Elizabeth Cozad on July 19. She is one of three women Ames and other members of the GEM program will make documentary video about. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Elizabeth Cozad, one of three women who have contributed to the Miami-Dade community, will be the subject of a documentary film produced by a group of young girls in the GEM pilot program. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Young girls in the GEM program keep records of the sound bites on their first documentary video. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF