This just came into my inbox: Power Shift 2007, a national youth climate summit being sponsored by Energy Action this November, is also offering an intensive six moth digital video training to "empower a new generation of activists and media makers." Anyone between the ages of 16 to 25 is welcome to apply:
After Power Shift, be a part of the Video Fellowship- take equipment home with you and be supported by professional staff for the next 6 months as you hone your skills on creative video assignments about environmental issues in your region.
Simply put: Come to Powershift, connect with inspiring media makers,
get a blast of excellent video training and access to semi-professional gear, and go home ready to collaborate nationally on amazing video projects.
I really like the angle of sending the fellows back into their own communities to create their videos -- essentially priming the pump for a young generation of citizen media makers. Ultimately it's the local angle that will move most people change their lives to blunt global warming, and pressure legislators to take action, -- when they see changes they don't like happening right on their street or in their back yard (or back 40 acres) -- and digital video can go virtually anywhere there's an internet connection or a cell phone tower.
The Power Shift 07 gathering is November 2-5, University of Maryland, College Park, so get those fellowship applications in right away. The big kahunas at the training will include Marshall Herskovitz, producer of the films Quarterlife, Good Will Hunting, and Blood Diamond, Judith Helfand, co-director of Everything's Cool and co-founder of Working Films, and Gillian Caldwell, founder of WITNESS.