Viewfinders Summer Video Academy

DSC_2629Through performance, documentary and song, teens challenge our assumptions of ‘gangs’ by exploring the positive and negative sides. They speak about their experiences and opinions and act out a fictional story of a girl who becomes part of a gang after being bullied at school. Finishing with a dynamic song, they sing out “it ain’t all it’s cracked up to be…”

Created through ViewFinders Video Academy, this five-day video camp brought together 20 youth and 6 facilitators to create this video from concept through to production. This poignant and often uplifting piece provides insight into the experiences and thoughts of youth as they tackle the serious topic of “gangs” with honesty and a refreshing blast of creative energy. The writing, shooting and directing of the videos were collaborative efforts by all involved.

https://vimeo.com/113031937
Teens explore the issue of teen pregnancy through spoken word, music, documentary and drama. As the camp participants discuss the issue, a fictional story of a teenage girl’s discovery of being pregnant is inter woven with an interview with a real teenage mom.

Created through ViewFinders Video Academy, this five-day video camp brought together 20 youth and 6 facilitators to create this video from concept through to production. This poignant and often uplifting piece provides insight into the experiences and thoughts of youth as they tackle the serious topic of teen pregnancy with honesty and a refreshing blast of creative energy. The writing, shooting and directing of the videos were collaborative efforts by all involved.

funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Nova Scotia Department of African Canadian Services
in partnership with ViewFinders International Film Festival, Shortworks Productions & the Centre for Art Tapes

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Production projects take youth through an intensive workshop process to make a short collaborative video. Pieces may combine drama, documentary and music video styles.

Intensive Activities : story development, script writing, video & sound production directing. performance, lyric writing, song recording

Recent Themes: race, love, leaving home, Indigenous language, teen pregnancy, community identity, gang violence, rural experience, democracy

Participants are mentored through the process by a team of professional artists and film technicians. Each Intensive is different. They can be after-school or in-school programs or 1 week full-time. Each video speaks to the concerns and interests of the youth involved. They create imaginative, thought provoking, artistic videos that have the capacity to transform our understanding of the youth are and the world we all live in.