The Empowered Voices Media Project tells the truth!
Almost a year ago, Sisters Of The Road partnered with Portland Community Media to bring trainings to the café centered around learning how to use media technology to tell stories and share truth around homelessness and poverty. These stories are available on EVMP’s Youtube Channel!
At the time 5 community members elected to take the trainings and over this last year, they created 12 amazing short documentaries and photo journals touching on subjects ranging from access to bathrooms and criminalization of people who are sleeping outside to how Sisters sources it’s food and the effects of the calamity of homelessness on women and children living on the streets of Portland.
The EVMP culminated in a Film Festival on December 12th that brought together not only EVMP shorts but also films by other local organizations working with youth and immigrant workers as well as more established film makers like Brian Lindstrom (Finding Normal and the upcoming Alien Boy: the life and death of James Chasse). The festival drew over 160 people and the overwhelming response was “We need more of this!”
Well, here we are about to embark on phase two and we are going strong and growing! Over the next year, 12 new EVMP members will receive the same trainings and begin working on photo projects, covering community events and actions, and documenting the stories of people experiencing homelessness and poverty. While the new members receive the core trainings around using video editing software (Final Cut Pro) and Hi-def cameras, the first class of 5 will receive more advanced trainings such as lighting techniques and how to compress videos to share them more effectively through social networking sites and other online resources like Vimeo and Youtube.
The EVMP already has a list of upcoming events and a plan to gather stories, experiences and truths from the Sisters community that will be used in projects highlighting health, housing, and civil rights issues. Participants in the EVMP will compliment their technical prowess with training centered around understanding messaging and how the mainstream media works (or doesn’t work) to “spin” its views and the views of its corporate sponsors.
The EVMP will also be creating a documentary on Sisters Of The Road that will begin the process of putting in one place the milestones, voices, successes, struggles and philosophies of an organization that has existed for over 30 years.
ALL of the EVMP members are from the Sisters community and they are being joined by cross class allies who bring skills and abilities to the table that will expand the reach and accessibility of all the projects created by EVMP members. This includes partnerships that we are building with other local grassroots media organizations like the B-Media collective.
The EVMP will host another film festival in December 2011. It will create powerful media and share that work with communities far and wide. You are invited to see all the work to date on EVMP’s Youtube Channel! Subscribe to our “channel”, post comments, and ask questions! We look forward to hearing from you!