Time for some more movie making magic! Watershed Productions offers summer film camps for youth ages 6-18 in partnership with Selkirk College. We have a super kid-friendly group of instructors each summer work alongside the youth to create short videos/movies that they plan, produce, shoot and edit using the latest equipment and software. See the film camp pages on this website for detailed information. If you are ready to register for this summer, you can go online at: http://selkirk.ca/ce/courses/children-youth/digital-film-camps, call Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College at 250 352-2821 or visit their office at 606 Victoria Street, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.
The upcoming event – Stories Inspire Passion Talks – promises to be a rich and inspiring afternoon. The Canadian Federation of University Women has organized 12 women from the Kootenays to speak to what inspires them in honour of International Women’s Day. I am excited to have been invited to speak about my own passions and to hear the stories from powerhouses Bessie Wapp, Deb Kozak, and Rona Park. There will be wine and tapas to celebrate and connect with everyone in attendance. The event is Saturday March 5th from 3-7PM at Mary Hall at the 10th Street Campus of Selkirk College. Tickets are on sale at Otter Books, Stuart News and Chahko Mika Mall.
Seneca the Roman Philosopher said “While we teach, we learn.” That expresses one of the main reasons I teach: to learn. The latest mentorship venture is particularly unique. I am working with five high school aged youth to produce a “Behind the Scenes” documentary of the upcoming Capitol Theatre production entitled “Liberation Days” written by Canadian playwright David van Belle.
Pat Henman, Director of the Nelson based production, explains that the play, which highlights Canada’s role in the Netherlands six months after World War II, is “really about humanity.” Following this theme in our interviews with the cast, which includes local veterans Geoff Burns, Michael Graham, and Lindsay Clague, we want to dig further into how this play may relate to our shared experience of being human across cultures and other lines that sometimes divide people. Liberation Days will be hitting the stage on Thursday March 3rd for a run of 4 shows at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson. I can tell you that from our perspective, ‘behind the scenes’, it’s a must see for any arts lover around.
We had the official premiere of “Karri’s Story” on October 20th with Karri’s friends, classmates, and family in attendance. This eleven minute documentary tells the story of Karri, a young adult who has grown up with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.) Holly Biggar (Producer), Robyn Sheppard (Director) and Carolyn McCartney (Karri’s mom) invited me to work on the this moving story about a girl becoming a woman, who, despite the numerous challenges of living with FASD, lives every day with the compassion and bravery we all wish to integrate into our lives.
The documentary will be utilized in school settings and at educational conferences to raise awareness about people living with FASD with the aim to create more inclusive settings in both classrooms and workplaces. For a link to the film (active November 2015) visit the Provincial Outreach Program for FASD website (POPFASD). Sandy Boscariol from POPFASD worked as a consultant for the film and will be working to ensure the film is seen across the province.
This last week CBC called to do a radio interview and web story on Dreamers and Dissidents following the broadcast premiere on the Knowledge Network on Monday, August 3rd. Here’s the web story and link to the radio interview. Chris Walker seemed to want a little controversy in the radio interview, asking about gentrification of Nelson. Listen for my response…STORY AND INTERVIEW HERE
The Week of October 12th is Homelessness Action Week in Nelson, BC. Check out the listings for what is happening. Watershed Productions is proud to be part of the week’s activities with a presentation of “Surviving Not Thriving” at the Public Forum on Wednesday night and at the Civic Theatre on Thursday night. Check out the Facebook page for more details: Facebook Page – Nelson Committee on Homelessness
This summer’s program was our biggest and boldest yet. So much fun, so many movies and so many filmmakers unleashed in the world.
One and Two Week Programs for New and Advanced Filmmakers – SUMMER 2015
PRODUCTION CREW: 6-7 year olds
July 6-10th, Monday to Friday 9AM-12PM
JUNIOR DIRECTOR’S SEAT: 8-10 year olds
July 27-31st, Monday to Friday 9AM-3PM
DIRECTOR’S SEAT: 11-13 year olds
July 20-24th, Monday to Friday 9AM-3PM
SENIOR DIRECTOR’S SEAT: 14-18 year olds
Earn 4 high school credits through SelfDesign High (not Selkirk College)
Grade 10, 11, 12 participants who reside in BC
July 6-17th, Monday to Friday, 9AM-3PM
Youth ages 6-18 create dynamic short digital films from start to finish
All sessions take place on the 10th Street Campus of Selkirk College where participants have direct access to professional camera gear and the latest in digital film software
Professional instructors facilitate a safe, fun and hands-on environment for all types of learners
Participants work as a crew to develop the technical and creative skills of filmmaking as cooperation, communication and leadership skills are emphasized throughout the learning process
All programs run Monday–Friday, from 9am–3pm, except the 6-7 year olds who attend from 9AM-12PM each day.
The Graduation Celebration takes place on the last Friday. All family and friends are invited to a screening of the final films.
The following interview was conducted by Brielle Morgan from Knowledge Network with Amy Bohigian about Dreamers and Dissidents. It can be found here on the Knowledge Network website
The broadcast premiere of Dreamers and Dissidents is August 3rd at 8PM. For those of you without cable, visit www.knowledge.ca to view the series starting on August 3rd at 8PM.
I was asked by Kootenay Lake/School District 8 wanted to showcase the innovative approach that Teresa Olleck, a grade one teacher from South Nelson Elementary School, takes to teach her students about nature and community. It’s no coincidence that my kids are in her class – it was an absolute pleasure seeing a master teacher in action alongside my children and their classmates over the course of the school year. “The Forest Garden” video follows the 21 students and their teacher on their weekly trips to the community garden space where they learn how to steward a public space and find delight in the animals and plants of the garden. See the video here: https://vimeo.com/130352129