"150 Voices" Youth Video Project Film Premiere - Salmon Arm Art Gallery

Sun, 04/30/2017

Salmon Arm Arts Centre is pleased to present a Canada 150 film project created by young artists aged 15 to 29.

150 Voices is a collaborative effort of collecting interview footage, animated shorts, original music and artwork from dozens of young people, then edited together into a 30-minute work of film art. 150 Voices will premier on Sunday, April 30 at 7pm at Salmar Classic Theatre. Everyone is welcome to attend, admission is by donation.

The idea to explore the views of Canadians at this time and place came from SAS Jackson student Ayden Clark. The Arts Centre then helped coordinate a group to start the process by interviewing friends, family, neighbours and coworkers and ask them five questions about Canada: Why do you love Canada? What makes Canadians unique in the world? What does Canada have that no other country has? What do you want the world to know about Canadians? What do you imagine for Canada’s future? The answers were recorded on video and collected for the film. Concurrently, animation workshops were held to teach youth some basic skills in stop-motion and classical animation, encouraging each participant to submit animated shorts to the project. The resulting film is a work of art created by young people to document where we are in this sesquicentennial year.

The films Executive Producer is Shuswap Community Foundation. Their early support and encouragement allowed training and equipment purchases to happen. Faster Than Light Computing also joined the team early, helping with the purchase of a dedicated project computer. The Arts Centre would also like to thank the Salmar Community Association, SAS Parent Advisory Council and Community Foundations Canada for their sponsorship. 

The film premier on April 30 is only the beginning of the story.This film is available to be screened at other Canada 150 events in the Shuswap throughout the rest of the year. Look for it on July 9 at the opening celebration of Haney Heritage Park’s Montebello Block Museum. It will also accompany the Animation Camp Film Festival on Friday, August 11 at Salmar Classic Theatre.

More information on this and all Canada 150 exhibitions and projects can be found on salmonarmartscentre.ca/Canada-150.