Documentary on Stanstead Youth Call to Action
As we draw near a close on winter, much preparation is underway for a busy summer. Since last summer at the Centre des Arts de Stanstead, a group of young people have been working together on producing a film about growing up in Stanstead.
It has been an arduous task, as they learn to work with each other, overcome inhibitions and grow into storytellers. Now with the National Film Board as a producing partner, their motivation has grown and they have been working three times more on making sure they meet their deadline for the premiere at Cinema Sous Les Etoiles in July 2013, with an inspirational and insightful film.
“Without this, we really wouldn’t have something to do,” is the common response from most of them during their interviews. They have learned to look at their lives more constructively and realize that it is possible to make a difference through action.
The group has grown from five to eight participants, and they are still conducting interviews wanting to find a broad range of insight from their peers in both French and English. Filming will be continuing until the third week of May. The group is diligently working on developing their story, which has continued to shape with each new interview. This film has become a call to action for the young people in the community who feel that their voice is not heard, to have a chance to share their story and be a part of a project that has garnered much support from the region and more. Most of the interviews are being conducted in evenings and on weekends, and gener- ally run anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour. As expected there have been some very constructive input from the young people in the community about topics ranging from the standard of education and social status to community morale.
Any person wanting to share their perspective about their life in Stanstead is welcome to get in touch with Damon Cox (Producer) at email@example.com or 819 704 0777.
Natasha Sisco-Warner and Sean Warren in the photo helping prep the camera for a shot.