An annual filmmaking program for youths was almost cancelled due to the B.C. teachers' strike this summer but continues to flourish thanks to the
"We were faced with the possibility of cancelling the program for the first time in 15 years," explained
And that's when the
This means 120 youths this summer will learn everything from the technical skills of camera operation, sound recording and video editing to the collaborative skills of screenwriting, story editing, and making creative and technical decisions as a team.
"We are so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to continue this program, and the donated space is crucial," says Schulze. "Support from SFU means we can continue to foster and grow artistic skills in young artists, to help them to take their first steps in the world of filmmaking in a world-class facility."
Summer Visions participants work in small groups to create a wide variety of short films: documentaries, fictional narratives, experimental films, or any combination thereof. A red-carpet event will be held in September for the participants and their families to watch the films.
"I was a teenager when I started working at this job, and I feel connected to many of the participants because I can identify with most of the issues they are dealing with," says program coordinator
"We appreciate that we have state-of-the-art facilities and, when possible, we make them accessible to the community," she says. "When this opportunity to assist a vital arts organization presented itself, we wanted to help."
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