youth video project report back #1

Documentary filmmaker Brian Lindstrom in classroom (photo: Adam Willumsen)

Our video program Displacement in Northeast Portland: A Youth Documentary Video Project is off to a great start.
Six students from the I Have a Dream program will work with KYC Director Marc Moscato and documentary fimmaker Brian Lindstrom to engage in self-examination through video production.The students, who began first grade at Woodlawn Elementary, are now high school seniors, and several have dispersed throughout the metro area with their families. Over the course of the next 8 weeks, the students will create short videos that will examine the forces behind that dispersion.

The last couple of weeks class focused on black history in Portland. The first class watched and discussed OPB’s Local Color and read a selection from Avel Gordly’s Remembering the Power of Words. Meanwhile, our second meeting focused on urban development and included an article on Rosalyn Hill and a viewing of Spencer Wolf’s Northeast Passage: The Inner City and the American Dream.

Students will soon view exhibitions at Portland Art Museum (Carie Mae Weems) and Oregon Historical Society (All Aboard), read a selection from Jane Jacob’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities, before beginning video production on their stories.

The program is an exciting development for Know Your City, as it is our first youth video program, and something which we aim to build on in the future. It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with these youth, and we can’t wait to see what they produce. Special thanks to our grant funders, Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission and Regional Arts & Culture Council. The program would not be possible without them.

The final videos will be available online on our site, and screened at a free public screening. More updates soon.

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