The Summer Media Academy has been held 3 times in East Jerusalem//West Bank. The workshops have produced a number of short Palestinian Films (this is the goal of each session: to make a short film) and taught many students the art of making films, documentaries and video art/animation.
This year we are a bit short of funding, and unfortunately some of the equipment was stolen from the center where we hold the workshops. We really only need about $3,000 to help some of the trainers get to the workshops (some are Palestinian, some are international) and replace the stolen equipment. Without this money, unfortunately the workshops will not be able to take place and NO FILMS WILL BE MADE (sad!). It's been difficult in general to keep the media center afloat in these tough economic times, but this year has also been marked by a spell of bad luck.
By the way, it should be said here that no one is actually profiting from these workshops, all of the work is volunteer.
The result of the workshops is always a film (or a number of films, depending how the students break into groups). The goal is to make a film in a month, thus showing the students that it is possible to create a finished product that is their own - if they work together.
The workshops themselves have an open character, allowing students to come away with the ability to develop and execute their own ideas into film. In one month we go from collecting ideas, to translating them into storyboards/film language, to shooting and editing short films that the students themselves have conceived and seen through to the end.
The media academy has already produced young artists, some of whom are interested in furthering their film and video education - and even go on to apply to art or film school.
We would appreciate reallly any support you can give to help make the workshops and films possible this year!
Also, check out our rewards: they're a result of the artistic process that comes out of the workshops. The rewards include: postcards with scenes from the films, copies of the films, thanks in the credits, tote bag and more.
Thanks for your interest in our project!
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