You may already know about the NFFTY goings-on this weekend, but there’s another youth film event worth checking out – the Everyday Actions Film Festival, sponsored by the Environmental Justice in Action Network (EJNA). Â The name is quite a mouthful, but it refers to a partnership among Reel Grrls, Seattle Public Utilities, Saint Mary’s Parish, and the Interim CDA WILD (Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development) Program. This group sponsors a project for local high school students who spend a year learning media production skills from storytelling, pre-production, research, storyboarding, interviewing, animation, and live-action video production to editing. Â At the same time, they study environmental justice issues. At the end of the program, they get one week to use those skills to make short films about environmental justice topics.
On Friday, April 27, eight of these short films will be screened with presentations by the filmmakers. The films are: Zero Waste Party; Clean Pipes; Me, You and Organic Food; Healthy Choices; Making Your Own Facial; Do you Know?; Cosmetic Dangers; Miss Labeling; Behind the Scenes of the Everyday Action Project. This last video introduces the participants and facilitators of the project and shows clips of the filmmakers at work. The other films focus on food, personal care products, and waste reduction.
Free tickets are available at the Intiman box office. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the pre-party, which will include free sandwiches from Marination Station and children’s activities in the lobby. The actual screening runs from 7 p.m. until 8:30. Naturally, the entire program is all-ages.
Although the topics might seem dry or even depressing, these energetic young filmmakers have used their new media skills to keep their videos interesting and focused on positive actions that anyone can take. You could find yourself entertained as well as educated.