Saint Paul, MN – This summer and fall, over the course of just 16 weeks, twelve low-income adults learned the nuts-and-bolts of documentary filmmaking in Doc U, a program of St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) In the third year of this award-winning program, the diverse group of participants learned everything they needed to create a short documentary, from basic camera skills to storytelling.
On Saturday, November 15, the hard work of these talented new media makers will be celebrated at a free premiere screening at Galtier Cinemas, inside Cray Plaza, in downtown Saint Paul. From 1:30 to 2:00 pm, the public is invited to join the filmmakers at a Media Maker Mixer, and at 2:00 pm all twelve documentaries will screen, followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers.
Each participant created a ten-minute short documentary on the topic of their choosing. The films cover a wide array of themes, representing the rich tapestry of lives and experiences in the Twin Cities. The stories being told range from examining sex trafficking within the Hmong community; stories of being a survivor of domestic abuse; food justice; and how death is celebrated within the Muslim community.
“It’s an intensive program,” said Access Manager Bonnie Schumacher “and I am inspired by the courage, dedication and determination that this group has shown in embarking on this journey with us.”
Funded by grants from the McNight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Doc U focused on reaching low-income adults who make 60 percent or less of the median income. “It is the mission of SPNN to empower people through media,” said Executive Director Chad Johnston. “We’re very proud to help those who are most underrepresented in the media have an opportunity to represent themselves.”
SPNN is proud to be an asset to the community, offering valuable locally produced content alongside other services, including training, youth programming, and CTEP AmeriCorps. SPNN is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) community media center serving Saint Paul, MN and the Twin Cities metro area. It’s mission is to empower people to use media and communications to better lives, use authentic voice and build common understanding.
Doc U Premiere Screening
When: 1:30pm, Saturday, November 15, 2014
Where: Galtier Cinemas, 3rd floor of Cray Plaza, 380 Jackson St, Saint Paul, MN
RSVP Online: https://spnn.org/ civicrm/event/info?id=335