August 15, 2002: Aboriginal perspective highlighted at screening

      Wednesday, August 15, 2001
      Contact: Peter Crass at 604.990.7904

      (NORTH VANCOUVER)--Students from the unique Aboriginal Film and Television Production program at Capilano College are holding a free screening of their work on Thursday, August 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Performing Arts Theatre at the North Vancouver campus, 2055 Purcell Way.

      Seven short films ranging between 10 and 12 minutes in length will depict a mixture of documentary and drama produced by students who have come from across Canada to partake in this 20-week certificate program. Participants learn about scriptwriting, directing, camera work, lighting and sound, as well as the creative and technical aspects of post-production. All courses are taught by First Nations instructors and offer an aboriginal perspective.

      "This year, students range in age from 18 to 50 and surprisingly are predominately women," says program manager, Peter Crass. "They come from many different provinces throughout the country including Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia."

      The program is in its second year and has been a success from the beginning. It includes a four-week practicum and runs five days a week for two terms. "Of the 16 who graduated the first year, 10 had work in either the television or motion picture industry within one month of completing the program," Crass says. "Some are taking additional specialized production training, while others are developing their own productions."

      The program was developed with the encouragement and support of the Aboriginal People’s Television Network, along with other Aboriginal People’s broadcasting organizations and the Government of the Northwest Territories. APTN CEO, Ron Nadeau, is expected to be in attendance during the screening, along with other members of the industry.