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.
Get ready for this summer by signing up for the Film Camp for youth ages 8-18. Our one-week Director’s Seat program for 8-12 year olds runs July 22-26th and fills up fast. The two-week session for high school students ages 13-18 runs July 8-19th and is an in-depth program for those ready to plan, produce and edit their own short project. High school credits are earned by students entering grades 10, 11 and 12. More information about the camp and each program can be found at Film Camps on the website. To register, call Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College at 250 352-2821 or drop by the campus at 606 Victoria Street during office hours. We’re looking forward to our 7th year of making films with the youth of the Kootenays and beyond!
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Recently, Watershed Productions collaborated with SelfDesign High School to produce TEDxSelfDesignHigh, where x = independently organized TED event. One question served as the theme for the day: What Do Youth Need to Thrive?
Eight speakers and one sand art performance piece were the focal point of this inspiring day. Check out the videos here at TEDx Youth.
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
Conceiving Family was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the 7th Annual Women in Film Festival held at the VanCity Theatre in Vancouver, BC. Dancing with the Moon, a short animated documentary by local filmmaker, Katherine Pettit, was named Best Animation at the festival. These films premiered in Nelson together back in September 2011!
Also, we’re excited to share that Conceiving Family has been awarded the Royal Reel Award in Filmmaking at the Canadian International Film Festival.
Watershed Productions completed a 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.
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
Watershed Productions is working with 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 produced on the CBT website early in 2013.
Rural Transcapes is a topical film that profiles four transgendered individuals who have chosen to live in the rural area of the Kootenays. Christopher Moore is one of the people featured in the film and is the founder of the TransConnect Program, which provides outreach services to transgendered folks around the East and West Kootenays.
Amy Bohigian of Watershed Productions was asked by Christopher last year to create an educational tool and the result is this 30 minute film, which delves into the difficult and inspiring stories of courage and authenticity. The film also features Dr. Chris Cochrane and Dr. Esta Porter, two medical professionals based in Nelson who work directly with the transgendered community. At a time when Chaz Bono has made transgendered a household word, let this film create a deeper appreciation of what it truly means for the folks featured in the film.
This film is set for release and will be used as an educational tool across Canada and the US. To learn more about the film and obtain a copy of the DVD for your school, organization or for home use, please contact 250 354-5362.
Amy Bohigian was interviewed about her latest film, Conceiving Family, on CBC’s North by Northwest on June 11th. If you missed it, listen to her conversation with Paolo Pietropaolo. Activate the blog post and then click here for the podcast.