Shoot With This
“Shoot With This” is an innovative program designed to mentor youth living in Toronto’s Jane and Finch community, by providing the opportunity for self expression through the medium of film and photography.
This arts-based educational program is a unique collaboration between the Toronto District School Board, professional artists and community business partner Big It Up International. The students acquire the tools and skills of filmmaking such as photography, film editing, lighting, and script writing. Now in its fourth successful year, S.W.T. continues to forge partnerships with many established organizations in Toronto, most recently, Hot Docs Film Festival and 2009 Nuit Blanche.
The process of learning about filmmaking has, in turn, empowered students to represent themselves creatively, to express their fears, hopes, desires, and most importantly, their dreams. The students also learn to trust and engage with each other and their mentors, providing experiences that are often not the norm for these young adults.