The environment that surrounds us has a powerful effect on how we see our purpose, and ourselves, especially when we are young. Youth have a natural desire to contribute significantly to the betterment of their communities and environments. One way this is seen is in the way that young people are both affected by and contributing to their media landscape.
Illumine Media Project formed in 2012, when a group of youth were inspired to make films that would uplift their neighbourhoods and tell stories that reflected not only their social reality, but also the capacity youth have for transforming both themselves and their communities.
We focus on long-term capacity building with youth. Every phase of our filmmaking process, though facilitated by artists and community members, is inclusive and collaborative. Learning in action through both workshops and in production, youth further develop their powers of expression through writing, acting, directing, operating a camera, capturing audio, editing film and composing and recording music.
The group has created several short films, which have been shared with over 2000 young people across Toronto in schools, community centres and at the Regent Park Film Festivals as well as through Wordswell’s programs.
These screenings are opportunities to both learn about using media as a tool for fostering community dialogue as well as developing a better reading of social reality.
“All the teachers and students loved it. Your staff was amazing with the students. I hope we will continue to work with you as new films become available.”
“The kids in our neighbourhood still talk about the film and can’t wait for the next one!”
“As a teacher, I can say with confidence that there is nothing like “youth teaching youth”. Having Illumine Media Project facilitate a workshop to further reveal some of these themes allowed my students the opportunity to uncover some of the hidden struggles they face day to day. I truly believe they have come one step closer to understanding who they are and where they need to go in creating more collaborative schools, workplaces and societies.”
“In this film, I see hope for the future and maturity, it introduced values about friendship and cooperation. Every child is different. My daughter is a good model for me.”
Our Series: How We Grow
stop motion shorts
A 3 minute stop-motion short on the theme of service and community.
The Land of No Hats
A 3 minute stop-motion short on the theme of equality, service and forgiveness.
25 minute films for junior youth
A 25 minute film on the theme of forgiveness and friendship.
Ages 10 and up.
The Burning Heart
A 25 minute film on the theme of friendship and inclusiveness.
Ages 13 and up.
Dancing Into It
A 25 minute film on the theme of truthfulness in a family context.
Ages 8 and up.
A 25 minute film on the theme of friendship and cooperation in a school setting.
Ages 8 and up.
To learn more about Illumine Media Project, order a remote screening package or hear about upcoming workshops
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