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.
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 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
The broadcast premiere of Dreamers and Dissidents on Knowledge Network was on BC Day, August 3rd. Visit knowledge.ca to find out the next time it will be playing on the network. You can view the series on the Knowledge Network website anytime.
The community showed up in force to support our latest film and we were thrilled that Knowledge Network came to town to host two free sold out screenings on May 28th. Thank you to everyone who made it a special night for Nelson and the Kootenays. I’ve never been more grateful to live here.
See the Nelson Star article here: Nelson Star article
See the press release here:
Dreamers and Dissidents Press Release 5.6.15
Watershed Productions is working with Freedom Quest Regional Youth Services. With the funds received from the Columbia Basin Trust we will produce a PhotoVoice video focused on marginalized and at-risk youth from the West Kootenay, which will be showcased at the Creating Caring Communities conference in May 2015 in Castlegar. The project will build awareness about youth and their experiences with substance use and mental health.
“I came here to share my story about the real repercussions that drug use can cause and the serious consequences it can have in oneâ€™s life,” said participant Cloe Henri. “My ultimate goal is to help others see the lifelong consequences.”
“I feel like my experiences and stories will give perspective on what goes on in our country and our province and our streets–a lot of the times it is really hard stuff,” said participant Kenneth Rougeau. “I feel I can shed some light.”
It was fun to be profiled in the Fernie Fix here. Thanks to Hannah Griffin who tracked me down and did this interview. While we didn’t actually cross paths in the wilds of Ontario, she became a staff member at YMCA Camp Pinecrest where I used to work before I moved to Nelson. Small world.
Wide Shot/Close Up was recently packed up as a new exhibit of aboriginal artwork is moving into Gallery A at Touchstones Nelson. During the last two weeks of the show, I facilitated workshops in partnership with Touchtones for youth ages 11-19. Dozens of youth from locals schools dove into the themes of the exhibit with great insight and bravery – participating in a variety of exercises that took a closer look at how we create first impressions, the creation of our own and others’ identity, and how it all relates to community building. With each of the five video installations as a starting point for these exercises, the youth offered fresh insight and perspectives on themselves as individuals and within a social group. It was a great way to end the three month run of the show – knowing that the young people who participated in these workshops can carry the original intentions of the project forward into their local community.
One part art installation, one part social experiment and one part community development exercise, Wide Shot/Close Up was intended to expose and explore how individuals present their own identity to others and how this impacts the way community is built. It is meant to engage a larger audience about the questions of how people from various backgrounds and beliefs can connect in meaningful ways.
This project was funded by a major project grant from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and the The Mir Centre for Peace is partnering with Watershed Productions on content and delivery. The Presenting Sponsor is Kootenay Co-op.
Thanks to the following people for the support: Joy Barrett, Jane Byers, Jocelyn Carver, Jim Drake, Ian Johnston, Daryl Jolly, Gregory Mackenzie, Janet McCulloch, Miriam Needoba, Rachel Schmidt, Diane Walters, Bryan Webb, Rachel Yoder.
Big gratitude for the courage and open minds of these people for showing up to participate: Allison Alder, Jen Callow, Gisele Chouinard, Jennifer Craig, April Cuffy, Rick Galbraith, Dagmar Galt, Shane Hainsworth, Margaret Hornby, Lena Horswill, Helen Kissinger, Laran Kriese, Donna Macdonald, Chris MacMillan, Lil Maio, Lily Mayall, Kendall McPherson, Lily Miller, Gary Ramsbottom, Sacha Sebestyen, Shelley Stetsko, Isaac Thiessen, Max Thiessen, Brian Zacharias.