written by guest blogger Denise Stilley
Unfortunately I missed the initial meeting on December 11th.
I wanted to bring up the Emerging Filmmaker Program I run for high school students to learn about film production. The program is in its fourth year and has produced 6 films that have all been screened in film festivals across the nation and even won a couple awards! The program is under the wing of the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival and has helped students discover/develop their talent and passion for filmmaking with graduating students going on to attend top film/arts schools like New York University, Emerson, American Music & Dance Academy etc. This is the only filmmaking program available in all of Northern Arizona.
Filmmaking incorporates several businesses throughout any production and over the years, we have generated local collaboration from restaurants, shops, local boutiques and artists, schools, museums etc. I would like to see the program grow in terms of its equipment/facility and ability to teach beyond just high school students. The purpose of this workshop is to generate and breed local filmmakers so that we push content and issues of Northern Arizona/Flagstaff region out into the national sphere, creating awareness and drawing attention to our concerns.
Films are made best by those who are firsthand living the experience and that is one thing that the community does lack is local filmmakers, essentially, locally produced content, to keep the finances circulating within this community, rather than outsourcing to Los Angeles or New York. I wanted to present this program as a consideration for the Arts Incubator to generate and infuse the power and cohesion that filmmaking creates in a community. Please let me know what you think.