Claverack, New York


This Saturday, October 23, at 5 pm, join filmmaker and activist iin Purwanti for an hour-long online workshop: Directing Your First Documentary. In this practical workshop, you’ll gain a greater understanding of how to mine stories from the world around you to make a documentary, explore different documentary styles, and ask yourself the two essential questions you must answer before you begin.

Instructor iin Purwanti is co-founder of Outpost (https://outpoststudios.tv/), a boutique production company serving various clients from advertising to marketing to independent film industries. In 2019, she founded the not-for-profit Cinta Hutan, which creates opportunities for marginalized young women from the United States and Indonesia by using visual media as a tool for volunteer activism and cultural exchange.

Directing Your First Documentary is free and open to all. It is followed by another workshop on Sunday, October 24, at 5pm—The Sound of Film: Foundational Principles—led by Dien Vo, professor of film and media at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

These filmmaking workshops are part of a series created to support participants in the Bridging Divides, Healing Communities Youth Film Challenge, a project of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (https://berkshirefilm.org/) and the Civic Life Project (https://civiclifeproject.org/), funded by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (https://www.berkshiretaconic.org/).

The Youth Film Challenge is designed to encourage local young people to make their voices heard by making a short film (max. 6 minutes) that addresses polarizing issues they contend with in their home, school, community, or beyond. It’s open to all between the ages of 14-24 who live or attend school in Columbia County, Berkshire County, NW Dutchess County, and NE Litchfield County.

It’s free to enter the Youth Film Challenge, and early entrants will get $50 toward production costs. Free cameras are available to those without smartphones to make their films. Submissions will be judged by a panel of film industry professionals, and finalists will be screened at three local venues. The judges will award $3,500 in cash prizes, including the grand prize of $2,000.

Get complete information, register for these two workshops, view past filmmaking workshops, and submit your film at https://berkshirefilm.org/youth-film-challenge/

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