FilmNorth’s Stories 55 program is offering three filmmaking courses for older adults in 2022: Virtual Adventures in Visual Storytelling, Creating a Short Video Memoir, and Creating a Short Documentary. Each class is open to participants of all levels, including beginners. See the schedule below. This program is made possible through generous funding from E.A. Michelson Philanthropy as part of the Seeding Vitality Arts MN program.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Older adults have a lifetime of stories to share and insights into the world from lived experience. Their perspectives are important to share, and film is a particularly accessible way in which to do that – especially with new technology that makes filmmaking easier and more affordable than ever before. While most adults have a smartphone that can record video, creating quality films requires an understanding of story, light, sound, framing, scoring, and editing.
FilmNorth can provide that training in a sequential skill-building series that includes a social component to encourage relationship-building among the participants. This structured (and casual) learning environment does not serve as art therapy, but rather as a true arts learning experience where students are challenged to put a critical eye to their work, as well as to the work of their classmates. They emerge from the program with a high-quality film that they can share with friends and family, post on a personal website, and enjoy themselves.
It was a most rewarding experience on many levels – artistic, educational, personal, and community.
—Rebecca Pavlenko, Stories 55 participant
VIRTUAL ADVENTURES IN VISUAL STORYTELLING [ONLINE]
Teaching Artist: Barbara Wiener
10 sessions: Fridays, February 4-April 8, 10am-12pm
CREATING A SHORT VIDEO MEMOIR [IN-PERSON]
Teaching Artist: Pam Colby
8 sessions: Mondays, March 28-May 16, 6:30-8:30pm
CREATING A SHORT DOCUMENTARY [IN-PERSON]
Teaching Artist: Pam Colby
8 sessions: Thursdays, June 2-July 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Pam Colby has worked in television and film for over thirty years. Pam’s most recent narrative short, Perennial, about one woman’s struggle to recover from her wife’s death of Covid 19, is currently in post-production. Pam’s credits include both narrative and documentary film. Recently, Pam directed Not in My Lifetime (2018), a feature-length documentary that explores the impact of marriage equality legislation on artists, activists, and politicians. The film won the Audience Award for Best Minnesota Made Documentary Feature at the 2018 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Pam’s love of storytelling led her to the Moth Storytelling competition where her GrandSLAM-winning story was featured on National Public Radio. Pam works as a freelance producer and director and has taught both narrative and documentary classes at FilmNorth since 2013.
Barbara Wiener’s career in film and television and teaching has spanned 31 years. She was a senior and executive producer for 14 years at Twin Cities Public Television and has completed many independent feature documentaries since that time. Her arts and cultural documentary and performance work has received many awards including six Midwest Emmys and a Ciné Golden Eagle for her documentary film, Ida’s Story. Her work been seen in broadcast and screenings around the world, including the Walker Art Center’s Women with Vision, the New York International Film Festival, Chicago Silver Screen Film Festival, Women in the Director’s Chair, Denver Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival, which featured a piece called Curious George Goes to Hell made with storyteller Kevin Kling. In 2000 Barbara founded TVbyGIRLS, a nonprofit that collaborates with and mentors teen girls using the tools of filmmaking to develop critical thinking, leadership, and social change film work. Films made by collaborations with girls have been seen by audiences around the world and been awarded with four Telly Awards and a nomination for a student Emmy award. TVbyGIRLS is presently working on developing a compassion-building program with films for use by teachers, parents, and youth leadership groups, using new VR technology. Barbara also teaches film at North Hennepin Community College and does work with AJ+, Zinc Video, and Pear Video in Shanghai, China. She is currently working on a short film about a Keiseki restaurant in Minneapolis, a series of portraits of visual artists for Inclusivi-tee, and a film on a family’s journey through their dad’s transgender process.
VIEW STORIES 55 PROGRAM PARTICIPANT FILMS ON OUR VIMEO CHANNEL!
STORIES 55 PROFILE ON TWIN CITIES PUBLIC TELEVISION’S (TPT) MINNESOTA ORIGINAL