The Youth Video Making Workshops and screening programs have been completed in Thunder Bay, Wasauksing/Parry Sound, & Saugeen/Southampton, and Fort Albany.
It was great to be in Thunder Bay to present imagineNATIVE’s Youth and Feature Programs, and Youth Video Making workshop. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve been in Thunder Bay, so it was nice to see a few familiar faces and my sister and her family.
The students did a great job throughout the process of making their videos. The Learning Café was a very nice and comfortable place to present our film programs for the public. Not only did we have a good time in Thunder Bay, the weather was beautiful.
Many years ago, I brought a few youth from Moose Factory to take part in a SATS Fiddling Workshop at the Native Friendship Centre in Parry Sound/Wasauksing. And now, it was a wonderful to return and present the imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour’s Film Programs and workshop. The youth worked hard in planning and making their videos in which their fellow students (200+) at Parry Sound High School had the opportunity to watch their videos prior to viewing the Youth Program.
I had time to take a number of photographs scenic landscapes throughout Parry Sound and Wasauksing since the weather was unbelievably warm, mid to late 20 degrees.
The next Tour stop was in Saugeen/Southampton, my first time there. We stayed at a very comfortable and cozy place, The Southampton Inn. The Youth Video Making workshops at G.C. Huston Public School went really well and quick. The youth took charge and had such great energy in making their videos. I was impressed with their efficiency and process, they knew what they wanted to film after watching examples of Artist, Filmmaker Keesic Douglas’s videos. Even though they were the youngest youth to participate in the Youth Video Making workshop, they were already familiar with iMovie program, and moved on quickly to editing their film.
The seats quickly filled up on the night of the Feature Program, Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes. As for the Youth Program, the gym was filled with students, teachers and a few of the now youth artist filmmaker’s parents/family members.
The final Tour stop is Fort Albany, Ontario. Unfortunately this stop was changed to a later date (May 14-18, 2012) due to the state of emergency situation (flooding) in March/April.
Finally arrived in Fort Albany! It was a long day of travelling, getting on and back again on airplanes. It is my first time in Fort Albany and we stayed at Loon’s Lodge which was very nice and spacious. Both our Feature Program, Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes and the Youth Program were presented at Peetabeck Academy during this week.
In the Youth Video Making workshop, the youth did such a great job working on their videos and editing. Although the weather was chilly and rainy, they had a few obstacles to overcome and were determined to finish their videos shooting indoor as well as outdoor.
Once completed, their videos were shown prior to the Youth Program at Peetaback Academy. The students and teachers enjoyed watching the videos and had some laughs while watching the comedic videos. Glad to have made it to Fort Albany, everyone was very nice and friendly!
Youth Videos have been uploaded to the imagineNATIVE website (www.imagineNATIVE.org)
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