If you ventured down to the Civic Theatre in Nelson on November 2nd you were rewarded with the diverse riches this town offers. There was something for everyone in the inspiring line up of presenters and performers at the Local Intelligence Gathering. Amy Bohigian of Watershed Productions presented on the use of PhotoVoice in creating social change. The presentation can be accessed here. PhotoVoice – Amy Bohigian Check out the event website for more information: http://www.localintelligence.ca/
The student-made documentary “North & South: a documentary” premiered on September 18th at the Civic Theatre in Nelson BC. See it here: http://youtu.be/AXuqog8s2x8. Amy Bohigian of Watershed Productions mentored the 17 LV Rogers students this past year to plan, shoot and edit the 40 minute about their exchange experience with a group of youth from Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories. The students from Nelson hosted the group from the north in February, taking them all over the Kootenays from the ski hill to Baker Street. In April, the Nelson students journeyed beyond the Arctic Circle to learn more about their aboriginal friends and their way of life. The film explores their experience in Nelson and follows them up north, where they went dog sledding, danced the jig, saw the Northern Lights and spoke with elders in the native community of Fort McPherson. The main shooters and editors for the documentary were Digby Benner, Micah May and Owen Thurston. All 17 students played a role on the production team from camera work to promotion.
Watershed Productions has worked on some really cool community based projects so far this year. Check out the latest videos on the CLIENT VIDEOS page here and read more about the social change we are supporting with our work at Watershed Productions.
Watershed Productions worked with Trail BC’s Skills Centre and Women Creating Change to address the barriers that are currently happening in the region related to women and economic security. This video utilizes PhotoVoice to tell the personal stories of the women being directly impacted by poverty in the Lower Columbia Region.
Watershed created the video for the Nelson’s own EcoSave program. EcoSave Energy Retrofits Program has been designed to simplify the process for homes and businesses to reduce energy consumption and lower greenhouse gases within the community.This program has been established as a key strategy in the City of Nelson’s Low Carbon Path to 2040, Community Energy and Emissions Action Plan. Visit the EcoSave website to learn more.
We made a series of videos profiling the three One Book One Kootenay nominated authors: Deryn Collier, Anotnia Banyard and Bruce Kirkby. With leadership from the Kootenay Library Federation One Book One Kootenay celebrates the work of the wonderful writers living in the Kootenay Boundary.For more information about OBOK visit: http://www.obok.ca/
Knowledge Network president Rudy Buttignol (left) and Murray Battle, Knowledge Network director of independent production and presentation (right) were at Touchstones Nelson on Sunday where they awarded Nelson filmmaker Amy Bohigian (centre) with a $30,000 film contract to produce a series on local history about Nelson and the Kootenays. Bohigian’s project is tentatively titled: If These Mountains Could Talk. Check out the CBC Radio One interview: click here
Check out the Knowledge Facebook announcement: click here
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Films Media Group out of New York City has picked up Conceiving Family to distribute to the educational market. I am very excited that we’ve found the right home for the film – for the next 7 years. Films Media Group works with schools K-12, colleges and universities, and educational groups of all kinds. It’s been fun self-distributing for this past stretch, as I have learned how to sell my film to the right markets and been able to connect directly with buyers and hear the impact the film is having in households and classrooms. Individuals can still get personal copies off the website here, but the educational market will all go through FMG. To all of you who have supported this film along the way, our little baby that we’ve all raised together is ready to go out into the big world on it’s own. Thank you for contributing to the film’s success in your own ways.
What a great summer at film camp and what a keen group of young filmmakers we had in each of our two programs this summer. We had many returning participants, including some 4, 5 and 6 year veterans of the film camp! Even two of the instructors for the Director’s Seat program were film camp participants back in the early days.
The Senior Director’s Seat celebrated their hard work and new film by screening their final projects on the BIG screen at the Civic Theatre in downtown Nelson. The younger group made over 10 films between 22 participants and held their final screening to a packed house at the 10th Street Campus. We have launched a Youtube Channel where we are in the process of uploading the films we’ve made over the past 7 years. Keep checking for the films that have been made by the young filmmakers across the Kootenays and beyond. We hope to have a majority of the film uploaded by the end of the fall.
KAST works to foster a culture that values science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship as activities vital to maintaining and enhancing the competitiveness of the region. This past fall, Watershed Productions travelled around the Kootenays to Trail, Rossland, Castlegar and Crawford Bay, to deliver filmmaking workshops in partnership with KAST. Dozens of youth across our region learned how to plan, shoot and edit their own short videos. The creativity of our local youth is inspiring and many youth were excited to have the chance to do something that is not always offered in their school. For more information on KAST and their array of initiatives, visit their website at http://www.kast.com
Watershed Productions wrapped up work on the Basin Stories project for the Columbia Basin Trust to tell the stories of dozens of Basin residents who have experienced the transformation of the valleys since the 1964 Columbia River Treaty. Both Amy Bohigian and Rachel Schmidt have travelled 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. The final videos will be posted on the CBT website in the fall of 2013.