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Generations Filmmaker Workshop

What is it?

Frameline's Generations Filmmaker Workshop is a FREE ten-week intergenerational workshop for beginning filmmakers created in partnership with TILT. You will work collaboratively with other Bay Area LGBTQ youth and elders to write, script, cast, storyboard, shoot, and edit a short film that will screen at the 38th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival in June 2014. Through hands-on exercises, students learn how to make a movie from beginning to end – from using a digital video camera to directing actors to editing footage. The theme for 2014 is "This Time; This Place."

Who is it for?

Bay Area Youth (ages 14-24) and Elders (55 and older) who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or queer and are interested in participating in an intergenerational collaboration.

Please note: This is a beginning video production workshop. No prior video experience is necessary to participate. Young women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

When is it?

The 2014 Workshop runs March 1 - May 3, 2014. Participants will be expected to attend ALL classes to participate, and complete additional work (such as story development) outside of the scheduled days/times. The theme for this year's workshop is "This Time, This Place," encouraging partcipants to take us out of the virtual and into the physical, helping to connect us to each other, our environment, and our stories.

• Week 1 – March 1 (11AM - 4PM): Community Building Day/Media Literacy and Camera Basics
• Week 2 – March 8 (12PM - 4PM): Camera Composition/Initial Brainstorming
• Week 3 – March 15 (12PM - 4PM): Genre/Storytelling/Acting/ Final Brainstorming
• Week 4 – March 22 (12PM - 4PM): Directing and Production Process/Pre-Production
• Week 5 – March 29 (12PM - 4PM): Pre-Production and Festival Training
• Week 6 – April 5 (12PM - 4PM): Pitch Video Idea/Pre-Production - Revision
• Week 7 – April 12 & 13 (9:30AM - 6:30PM): Production Days (all weekend)
• Week 8 – April 19 (12PM - 4PM): Intro to Editing
• Week 9 – April 26 (9:30AM - 6:30PM): Editing
• Week 10 – May 3 (9:30AM - 6:30PM): Editing (last day of workshop)

Where is it?

Workshops take place at Ninth Street Independent Film Center
145 Ninth Street #250
San Francisco, CA 94103 (between Mission & Howard).

Near MUNI bus lines: 14 Mission, 19 Polk, 21 Hayes, F Market

BART/MUNI Metro: Civic Center Station

What else do I get?

You will receive a stipend and a DVD copy of your movie for your full participation in the project. You will also receive a guest filmmaker pass to attend all screenings and events at the 38th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, where your film will also be screened!

How can I apply?

Applications for 2014 have closed.


Jason Wyman
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
145 9th St., Suite 250
San Francisco, CA  94103

Background on the Generations Film Workshop

In 2005, the Youth Filmmaker Workshop was launched, a program designed to teach media literacy and technical skills to Bay Area youth. In 2006, this culturally significant project was expanded to include and integrate LGBT elders. Elder and youth students work independently and in partnership to create their own films that are then exhibited during the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. The workshops are conducted in a partnership between Frameline and TILT, a non-profit that works to teach young people the fundamentals of movie-making and media literacy through hands-on training in video production.

Within the LGBT community, and society at-large, at-risk youth and elders are often marginalized, overlooked and denied access to technology and full participation in the arts. LGBT youth are especially susceptible to negative stereotypes and homophobic portrayals of queer life in the media. Teens and young adults face a variety of challenges and often lack the skills and/or resources to access technology and express themselves through art. While LGBT elders are the trailblazers and founders of the LGBT community, this group is frequently excluded from the central circle of LGBT activities. This exclusion can be attributed, in part, to stereotypes and misconceptions about elders’ ability, interest and proficiency with current culture and technologies. Access to, and proficiency with, new technologies is an important component to full participation and connection to the community at-large. Frameline and TILT hope to bring greater access to our youth and elders through the Generations Film Workshop.

This program has been made possible through the generous support of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund.