East & North Preston, NS

East Preston Summer Video Academy
East Preston, Nova Scotia, 2008
10 min.

During the summer of 2008, 27 young Atlantic Canadians and 9 facilitators created a video project in the rural community of East Preston, Nova Scotia. They set out with the mission to explore the idea and practice of democracy – especially how it relates to the East Preston community, which is part of the largest indigenous African Canadian community in all of Canada! As Canada celebrates 250 years of democracy, these young people created an engaging look into how the campaign of now-elected President Barack Obama would change their own lives and their feelings on voting. This is a not to be missed look at how young Canadians see the election of Barack Obama as a catalyst for positive change in their own lives.

A project of ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth, Centre for Art Tapes and Shortworks Productions.

Participants: Emily Beairsto, Amanda Brooks, Aaron Brooks, Stewart Brown, Job Brumaire, Shawndell Colley, Riley Colley, Joylyn Colley-Slawter, Justin Colley-Slawter, Ria Diggs, Deirdre Dorrington, Alex Garnet, Daeshonda Glasgow, B.J Gough, Justin Huntington, Colyer McCullough-Roil, Jamel Ross, Shalena Ross, Anthony Ross, Chelsea Slawter, Kyah Sparks, Sara Taylor, Paige Williams, Bruce Willis, Raven Williams, Justin Williams, William Grant.

Program Director: Ann Verrall
ViewFinders Director: Julie Glaser
ViewFinders Coordinator: Courtenay Kyle
Facilitators: Cory Bowles, Tara Cain, Lindsay Drummond, Erne Fraser, Juanita Peters, Denise Riley, Ann Verrall, Jeff Wheaton and Russell Wyse with Nick Bevan-John, Dave Chisholm, Kevin Fraser, Ariel Nasr and Lukas Pearse.
Additional Crew: Steve Arnold, Becky Parsons. Edited by: Ann Verrall. Post-Production Technician: Tom Elliot. Post Production Sound: Lukas Pearse.

Special Guests: Dr. Wayne Adams, Yvonne Atwell, Dr. Daurene Lewis, Percy Paris and Leonard Preyra.


North Preston Music Video Camp Documentary
North Preston, Nova Scotia 2007

In March 2007 a community of youth came together to create a dynamite song, music video and documentary of the process. The song, “North Side”, produced through the North Preston Community Centre’s Face the Music Program, was written and performed by the participants. During March Break, 16 youth from North Preston took part in a 5 day program at the North Preston Community Centre and the Centre for Art Tapes to create the Music Video and documentary. These videos challenge the myths about North Preston and the talented youth that proudly call it home.

participants and mentors at Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax

editing at the Centre for Art Tap