During the “Future Filmmakers” Summer Media Camp at the Museum of the Moving Image, campers experience the craft of the documentary filmmaking by discussing, exploring and representing the concepts of origin, cultural identity and diversity. Under this premise kids learn how to use diverse documentary techniques as a medium to tell stories in the most effective way getting across the themes that they are learning about.

The program was designed and conducted by the filmmaker Pablo Herrera, one of the leading filmmakers for documentaries, particularly within the educational and community building genres. His expertise is known throughout the media education community in the United States and Spain for his ability to use filmmaking as an educational tool, developing innovative media learning systems. Pablo Herrera has the expertise in creating successful documentary films with teens, but he also has the extraordinary talent of educating and creating community through filmmaking.

For this “Future Filmmakers” Summer Media Camp, Pablo Herrera has designed a program which include a variety of sensorial activities adapting the curricula to different types of learners and abilities. As an example of this, is the use of colors to identify each summer camp day (blue, yellow, red, orange and green) to provide a different level of engagement and options for perception and language; or blind activities with the aim of sharpening the less explored senses such as touch, smell and hearing. Many of these techniques have been applied by Pablo Herrera in previous projects such as kdm;) and El Culebron del Barrio.

As well, the topics of origin, history and cultural identity explored by the campers during the program, make a parallelism between the history and evolution of cinema and the dynamic process of a cultural life in permanent change. This outline place in context the evolution on film techniques (from silent films to the current ways of production and distribution) to understand how these technological developments and media democracy are contributing to achieve increasingly intercultural societies.

The 5 days long camp was structured in 4 blocks of activities per day. Intercalated, 2 of these blocks have been used for intellectual, emotional and sensorial development through screenings, brainstormings, discussions, gallery visits; and a variety of expressive activities such as role-plays, drawing, performances and activities to explore emotions through the sense of sight, sound and touch. The other 2 blocks have been used to represent the ideas and the topics learned in front (or with) the camera through interviews, representations, archival photo/footage manipulation and video editing techniques.

The Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media by presenting exhibitions, education programs, significant moving-image works, and interpretive programs, and collecting and preserving moving-image related artifacts. The MoMI provides curriculum-based educational experiences to approximately 50,000 students each year, as well as an array of dynamic, engaging tours, talks, workshops, and screenings for children, teens, families, adults, and seniors.

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