April 22nd, 2021

 

Dear Filmmaking Community,

FilmNorth joins our community and the world in feeling a sense of relief that there was accountability for the murder of George Floyd. As the prosecution stated, we could believe our eyes—and we have Darnella Frazier to thank for that. But it’s important to temper our gratitude with the sobering thought of where we would be today without that video. It’s a reminder of the great need for witnesses to history—like Darnella—and of the world-changing impact that one person with a camera can have.
 
In the wake of the jury’s ruling we’re also reminded that our work to shape a more equitable and just future—the Great Challenge of our lives—is far from over. At FilmNorth we recently completed work on a Theory of Change, a document that outlines the change we want to see in the world and how our organization can help get us there—by empowering people to tell their stories and lifting up those voices that need to be heard. We’ve now formed a committee to chart a path forward, with this Theory of Change as our North Star. Yes, it’s just one small act. But we all all have a part to play in this profound story—and, as we say in filmmaking, we say so here: there are no small parts. We all have to show up and do what we can. 
 
With our eyes on a shared goal it’s our deepest hope that Minnesota can be the epicenter for change. One act at a time.
 
Please be kind to yourselves and others,
Andrew Peterson, Executive Director
 
 

Join the FilmNorth team! We’re looking for a new Youth Programs Director

The Youth Programs Director at FilmNorth provides leadership for all youth programming (After School program, Summer Camps, and In-School Residencies) and manages/supports youth instructors and seasonal staff. Applicants should be organized and have a passion for media arts and youth education. Download the job opportunity details here.

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Reflections on an Unprecedented Year

March 15th, 2021

At FilmNorth, we’re remembering one year ago today. The day everything shut down and our lives were altered forever by a pandemic we didn’t fully understand. We honestly believed our doors would be closed for two weeks!

We are still amazed that our core staff (especially our education and youth programming departments) were able to move things online so quickly, and are forever grateful to our many associated artists who worked with us to help us re-imagine. We’re proud that we didn’t furlough any staff and that we kept all of our teaching artists employed. We also thank the donors who made the Film Artist Relief Fund possible. Within the first 60 days of the pandemic, FilmNorth was able to provide much needed financial support to filmmakers and crew members who suddenly found themselves out of work and in limbo as unemployment benefits and PPP loans were slowly launched.

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