Now, this documentary workshop was 3 days long. The participants were part of a summer co-op program ran by a dedicated and passionate educator named Clarissa Jacobs. The participants ranged in age, from as young as 13 to as “old” as 22. The opportunity was co-ordinated through the Mamidosewin Aboriginal Student Centre at Algonquin College and the School of Media and Design.
Students were obviously eager to get to the filming and they managed to film a variety of sequences and a profile doc on a local carver... and one student even filmed a lacrosse game! Overall, the students had great chemistry and worked really well together, some of them I think had a knack for directing and even operating the camera.
“I liked using the video camera and I thought it was difficult to not laugh and think of something to say in front of the camera”.
The video below contains the sequences and mini doc students directed and shot during the three-day workshop.
- Garmamie Sideau
Clarissa Jacobs - Akwesasne Area Management Board’s Youth Resource Center
Dwight Powless - First Nation's Liaison Algonquin College
Elena Abel - Cultural Activity Coordinator Mamidosewin Center