Filmfest offers documentary project for Latino youth |

Filmfest offers documentary project for Latino youth

Aspen Filmfest is offering its third annual Latino Youth Documentary Project, a free summer workshop for Latinos 11 to 18 years old.

The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily though Friday, July 22, at the Carbondale Community School. Taught in both Spanish and English, students can learn video production skills and share their stories on the big screen.

“The workshop will cover everything students need to start making their own video documentaries,” Aspen Filmfest education coordinator Amy Townsend said. “Participants will discuss films from different genres, write scripts, develop storyboards, operate digital video cameras, shoot and edit their documentaries, and screen them for family and friends.”

Instructors are flexible and accommodate students’ schedules, Townsend said.

Kristine Sorensen, of In Progress, a youth media organization in St. Paul, Minn., leads the workshop. Sorensen is a media artist, mentor and executive director of the Center for Arts Criticism/In Progress. She has taught young people in community and school environments since 1987. In 1999, she received the St. Paul Companies’ Leadership In Neighborhoods award.

A Spanish-speaking media instructor and two local community assistants who participated in last year’s workshop are helping with the project.

For more information or to register, contact Townsend at 925-6882, ext. 102, or

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