JFI Kids Learning Through Cinema

JFI Kids Learning Through Cinema

The Junior Filmmakers Initiative or “JFI” was launched on January 14, 2013 and in recent weeks, youngsters in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area have been delighting in the production of their very own film, entitled “Chihuahua Rampage”. The program is now slated to come to other Triad area schools. “Our objective was to give local children a real taste of the creative process that goes into making a film production. We crafted the program in a way that promotes creativity, teamwork, reading skills and writing in a way that effectively conveys their ideas,” explained Howard Venable, the director of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers/Communities in Schools program of Forsyth County. The idea for the program came quite naturally to Venable, who established Silver Lining Youth Services in 2002. The 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization provides a host of services to youngsters and their family members, including mental health services, tutoring and mentoring. Silver Lining Youth Services provides offerings that are designed to help young people to achieve their dreams. Venable’s firm takes a holistic approach, tending to their clients’ bodies and minds in a manner that promotes success and happiness. So it wasn’t a tremendous leap when he came up with the idea to provide additional opportunities to youngsters via what would become the Junior Filmmakers Initiative; a program that may very well inspire a love of filmmaking in a child who is going to become Hollywood’s next John Singleton or Quentin Tarantino. It was the summer of 2012 when Venable approached filmmaker Thomas Scott, Jr. with his idea for creating a program that would teach the art of filmmaking...
The WOMAN BEHIND THE LENS

The WOMAN BEHIND THE LENS

An interview with Mariaelissa of MAYA Photography There are many different components involved when it comes to a person being classified as a professional photographer. Necessities such as education and photography experience play a major role however, things such personality and creativity are equally as important. Anyone can hold a camera, but the true magic of it all lies behind the eyes and inside the mind of the photographer. A photo is such an amazing thing, it’s an opportunity to capture a moment in time; to freeze an image and hold it as a memory for generations to come. Life, joy, love, sadness, beauty, poverty and more; photos capture it all. They give us reasons to smile and reflect. Some photos may even give us motivation or reason to change. Those among us who have chosen to commit to such a beautiful craft may not even realize the impact their artistry makes upon the next person. They give us an insight into others’ worlds and lives as they see it and many times they even give us an opportunity to see ourselves in a new light as well. Of course just as in any profession there are many differences amongst photographers. They come from all over the globe ranging in age, nationality, religion and more. By any other means those types of differences are considered drastic, but in photography they become quite irrelevant in reference to quality and creativity. The real question is: What about gender differences? More often than not we hear or know of more male professional photographers than we do female. Why is that? Certainly there...
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