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Life In Focus: A Film Festival Showcasing Caldera Student Work

LIFE IN FOCUS: A Film Festival Showcasing Caldera Student Work
White Stag Building, Portland, June 1st, 5:30pm
Tower Theatre, Bend, June 15th, 7PM

Each year, students from across the Cascades come together to share in the wonders of nature and express themselves through art. For 16 years, Caldera has provided Art and Environmental programming for under-served students between the ages of 12 and 18 to help them connect to nature, to each other and to themselves.

Students get the opportunity to work with professional artists in the fields of photography, filmmaking, painting, music production, drumming and more. Last summer, and during the past school year, students incorporated film into every art form they studied. In a fiber arts class, students made costumes and then created a short film to show them off. In photography, students wrote poetry and recorded it to accompany images.

For the first time, Caldera will be showcasing this work to the general public during our year-end celebration for students and families called Life In Focus. The event will be held on both sides of the mountain; at the White Stag Building in Portland on Friday, June 1st and at the Tower Theater in Bend on Friday, June 15th.

Teafly Peterson, Caldera’s Arts Integration Coordinator said, “Teaching these kids to make movies at our camp outside of Sisters provides them the opportunity to use technology in a new way, regard it with a deeper sense of artistry and connect more deeply to the world around them by being surrounded by such a beautiful landscape.”

One student from Redmond, Shania, a junior at Redmond High, speaks to why she makes films in her Artist Statement: “I make Art to become someone different and be someone new.”

Films include introspective looks at the self, nature and school life. Students were able to learn the various ins and outs of the filmmaking process; including writing, acting, editing and scoring.

At the film festivals, students will speak about their experience and share stories about their learning process and their involvement in the program.

These events are free and open to the pubic. Seating is limited. RSVP today.

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One Response

  1. Chris says:

    Life in Focus is such an awesome idea. Its great that kids are getting a forum for expressing themselves and their connection to nature and the environment.

    Time and time again I’ve seen youth programmes like these, that help them connect to the arts, music, photography, etc. do amazing things for communities.

    Kids get a real sense of accomplishment and what its like to work HARD on something they REALLY enjoy.

    Good Stuff!

    Sincerely,
    Chris from BMHQ.