From July 9-11, Tides Canada’s Hollyhock Room was host to a group of 20 talented young adults aged 16-24 in a three day program to create engaging films to inspire positive change in their communities – a partnership between Frames Film Project and Reel Youth, a project of Tides Canada Initiatives. The goal of the program was to address issues of drug abuse, alcoholism and mental health. By expressing their inner thoughts and personal stories through film, participants produced work on the struggles at-risk youth face in the city.
Reel Youth is a media empowerment initiative that supports youth, adults and organizations to create and distribute engaging films about the issues they care about most. Although Reel Youth has been facilitating similar programs for seven years, each session is remarkably different and unique. On the second day of filming, we dropped in to chat with the young filmmakers about the program: “My biggest challenge was getting the courage to act on screen but I became confident in the end… my highlight was being able to meet people and make lots of new friends,” says one of the participants.
The results? Four unique and dynamic videos written, acted, directed, filmed and edited by the participants. Each film will be posted on the Reel Youth Facebook page, published on their website and featured in the Reel Youth Film Festival this fall.
Thank you again to Reel Youth, Frames Film Project and the participants, we look forward to watching the films!