Monthly Archives: February 2012
Watershed Productions is excited to be working on video for this amazing community resource, telling the story of the Osprey Community Foundation through the donors, the board, the grant recipients and other community members who have been involved in making the Osprey Community Foundation so integral to Nelson. Production is set to wrap up by the Spring on this awareness raising video. Check back here for the final video then.
For more information about the Osprey Community Foundation and how you can get involved or make an investment in your local community, visit their website here: Osprey Community Foundation
With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Vancouver Foundation, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and the BC Society of Transition Houses have conducted groundbreaking research on the barriers to affordable housing for women leaving abusive relationships. 45 women across BC participated in the project, taking over 500 photos of their experiences related directly to their daily lives. Then, with facilitation from local research coordinators in 4 different communities, the women gave voice to each photo through a recorded testimonial. This research methodology, called PhotoVoice, is a powerful tool used, most often, by academic researchers looking to get real insight into a social issue, with particular focus on disempowered groups and those individuals that experience systemic oppression.
The data and findings of this project have been synthesized into final report entitled “Surviving Not Thriving: The Systemic Barriers to Housing for Women Leaving Violent Relationships.” Watershed Productions was asked to create a video that would complement a facilitation guide so that the research could be widely shared with policy makers, city councillors, and community members in an effort to create social change around the issue of affordable housing for women leaving abusive relationships.
The final video will be launched in March. It focuses on 9 photos from the original set of 500 paired with voice overs from women reading the testimonial that matches each photo. The opening and closing sequences of the video reveal a series of clotheslines hung in an empty city lot, with the entire collection of photos strung up, in a powerful visual testament to the collective experience of the women who participated in the PhotoVoice project.
Watershed Productions will be working with the Columbia Basin Trust in coming months to tell the stories of at least 30 Basin residents who have experienced the transformation of the valleys since the 1964 Columbia River Treaty. Both Amy Bohigian and Rachel Schmidt will be travelling across the Basin to multiple locations including Valemount, Nakusp, and Castlegar to record these important first-person accounts and ensure that this historical information is archived.