Who’s Ready for Film Camp 2015?

Who’s Ready for Film Camp 2015?

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

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Fast facts about film camp 2015:

    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.

‘Wide Shot/Close Up’ Wraps

‘Wide Shot/Close Up’ Wraps

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.

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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.

Premiere Date Set – Dreamers and Dissidents

Premiere Date Set – Dreamers and Dissidents

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.

There are nine unique stories that are featured in Dreamers and Dissidents are all first person stories about 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.


ARTiculate Magazine

ARTiculate Magazine

Margaret Tessman, the Editor of ARTiculate magazine, wrote this article for the Spring 2014 magazine. Margaret has been highlighting and supporting the artists around the Columbia Basin for years with her great work at the helm of this important magazine. She managed to captured the work of Watershed Productions so eloquently in this article. ARTiculate magazine, the first word on arts culture and heritage in the Columbia Basin, is a twice yearly publication that covers arts, heritage and cultural stories and events throughout the Columbia Basin.