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.”
Thursday March 5th, 2015 – 7PM at Kootenay Studio Arts, 606 Victoria St, Nelson. Admission by Donation.
Join filmmaker and educator, Amy Bohigian, to explore how art has been used to engender social change and peace in a variety of settings at the next Mir Peace Cafe called “Art for Social Change”. We will discuss a handful of exemplary arts-based community development projects within the context of how we can positively engage artists and community stakeholders around a particular issue to create social change. It’s a great fit for individuals working in the social sector looking to explore arts-based community development and for activist minded artists.
Mark your calendars – May 28th is our World Premiere of Dreamers and Dissidents at the Civic Theatre in Nelson BC. After almost two years between pitch and premiere, you can imagine how excited our production team is to share this with the community that inspired it all. The documentary will also air on Knowledge Network later this year and each story will be featured on their website.
The nine unique stories that are featured in Dreamers and Dissidents are all first person accounts from the range of people who lived and moved to the Kootenays over multiple generations. Each story speaks to the resilience and independent spirit that is reflected in this region today. One particular story is about Bruce Rohn and his family, who were forced out of his childhood home in Renata by BC Hydro when they cleared the land and displaced over 2000 residents to make way for the dams.
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.