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2017
Ngarrindjeri Culture Hub
2016
Arts Front 2030
Ngarrindjeri Yarluwar-Ruwe Partnership CLLMM evaluation
We Are Water People
Partners
2017 December - SA
Partners
ABC TVAlexandrina CouncilArts SAAustralia Council for the ArtsCoorong CouncilFlinders University Center for Indigenous Strategy and EngagementMidMurray CouncilNatural Resources Management Board SA Murray Darling BasinNgarrindjeri Heritage CommitteeNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityNgarrindjeri Ruwe ContractingNgopamuldi Aboriginal CorporationRegional Gallery Murray BridgeSouth Australian Government Department of Environment, Water and Natural ResourcesTal-Kin-Jeri Performance groupTallstoreez ProductionzThe Rural City of Murray BridgeUrimbirra Wildlife Park Victor Harbor
Ngarrindjeri Culture Hub2017 May - SA
Films Produced
Everything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Dance - 30 sec Trailer - PLAY FILMEverything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Carving - 30 sec Trailer - PLAY FILMEverything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Weaving - 30 sec Trailer - PLAY FILMEverything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Carving - PLAY FILMEverything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Dance - PLAY FILMEverything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Weaving - PLAY FILM

 

The new Ngarrindjeri Culture Hub website is now live!

And the exhibition date is set for June 4th, with invites to go out mid May:

Ngarrindjeri Yunnan Yarluwar Ruwe - Ngarrindjeri Speaking For Sea-Country

Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner and the Tal Kin Jeri dancers will launch the ‘Ngarrindjeri Yunnan Yarluwar Ruwe’ exhibition with a Welcome to Country ceremony, on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 2.30pm, at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery.

The Ngarrindjeri Culture Hub is an ongoing Change Media and Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority partnership to create and promote Ngarrindjeri arts and culture, in collaboration with Ngarrindjeri artists and their communities across Ngarrindjeri country.

 

Envisaged as a three to five year project, we will create multiform artworks for curated exhibitions, including digital artworks and videos, to prominently showcase Ngarrindjeri art and culture online and across the region. We will commission a series of Ngarrindjeri artists to create high quality artworks & co-create with their communities to establish the Ngarrindjeri Culture Hub. Our aim is to build cultural capital by connecting Ngarrindjeri artists, communities and a range of tourism and council stakeholders to new audiences, and place Ngarrindjeri culture, arts and language proudly on the map.

The first exhibition is scheduled for June 2nd -July 16, 2017, at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, with the aim to continue over the coming years an annual event, run by Ngarrindjeri.

 

As of December 2016, we have produced the first series of Ngarrindjeri artist profiles, which won Best Factual Web Series at the International Melbourne WebFest 2016, and was invited to screen at ABC iView's Arts Channel. We are now in the second phase of the project, with another series of artists profiles ready for the launch on June 4th, 2017.

 

Partners
2016 Year Marker2016 December - SA
Partners
Arts FrontAustralia Council for the Arts
Arts Front 20302016 November - Footscray Community Arts Centre VIC

We were selected to take part in ArtsFront 2030 and present a 2-hour playful examination of privilege, fear and power to reclaim and reframe the cultural value debate, presented at Arts Front 2030.

Over the last two years, as part of Jen’s Australia Council for the Arts CACD Fellowship, we have been thinking about the new - and old - crisis in our sector and what tools we might need for effective change. We have focused on what it means to co-create and how colonizing mindsets can impact our best intentions.

Find our initial responses and reflections on the Nov 2016 3-day gathering of 200 artists here.

And here are the questions we brought to the event:
•    How do we create together equitably in times of crisis, when access and capacity are stratified?
•    How can we open up a discussion about reclaiming and reframing values and solidarity, beyond the neo-liberal frames we are all currently trapped in? In the Arts we see it permeate through all levels of involvement, [arts admin, practitioners, participants, stakeholders, audience] with shifts towards risk avoidance and fear-driven self-censorship that inhibit our ability to imagine.
•    What would be required to avoid bringing old assumptions and crusty power structures into a new network?
•    How can we increase our awareness of the values and beliefs we bring (caring and harmful) and explore how they impact on all stages of the co-creative process?
•    How can we co-create a shared vision that clearly separates the values from the hidden and overt violence that manifests in colonial collaborations?
•    How do we create a space to consider absent voices and chaos, (the new, the unknown) which arise when creating a collective vision?

It's going to be an interesting journey...



We are developing a prototype game to explore how we create better together, to uncover ways to identify old patterns of power and privilege and explore how we can disrupt and reframe those values to collaboratively develop new narratives to work more equitably together. Our aims to develop a wicked world engine for personal and collaborative systemic change, called 'Creating Together - what can possibly go wrong?', to be launched as a standalone initiative with a range of partners in 2017.
 
This session introduced these concepts:

1. Explore Arts Front current visions and the values that drive socially engaged art projects
2. Explore how we can disrupt internalized and systemic violence, fear and privilege
3. Reframe our power relationships and begin to separate the violence from the values to speak back to bullying on a personal and systematic level

And here is one of jen's graphic responses - the Privilege Life Vest Mk2016:

Partners
Ngarrindjeri Regional AuthorityNgopamuldi Aboriginal CorporationSouth Australian Government Department of Environment, Water and Natural ResourcesUrimbirra Wildlife Park Victor Harbor
Ngarrindjeri Yarluwar-Ruwe Partnership CLLMM evaluation2016 September - SA
Films Produced
Ngarrindjeri Yarluwar-Ruwe Partnership CLLMM evaluation - PLAY FILM

Change Media in collaboration with the Ngarrindjeri media team produced  a short evaluation video about the Ngarrindjeri partnerships in the delivery of the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLMM) Recovery Project.The video will be utilised as an evaluation and promotion product by NRA, Ngarrindjeri community and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).

The video features highlights of five years of work conducted by Ngarrindjeri under the CLLMM Recovery Project, and the significant positive impact this had on Ngarrindjeri community and lands and water, the program's successes, challenges and future vision.

 

Credits

Producer: Carl Kuddell

Director: Jennifer Lyons-Reid

Writers: Ngarrindjeri managers Luke Trevorrow, in consultation with the NRA Board, DENWR and in collaboration with Change Media

Production management: Luke Trevorrow, Laurie Rankine Jnr, Owen Love Jnr, Carl Kuddell

Director of Photography: Johanis Lyons-Reid

Camera: Johanis Lyons-Reid, Owen Love

Editors: Johanis Lyons-Reid

Sound recording: Carl Kuddell

 

Participants and contributors include:

Uncle Derek Walker

Prof. Daryle Rigney

Prof. Steve Hemming

Lachlan Sutherland

Uncle Major Sumner

Auntie Ellen Trevorrow

Ngarrindjeri community members

Ngarrindjeri heritage rangers

Tal Kin Jeri dancers

Ngarrindjeri Media Team

 

Acknowledgements:

The Coorong Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Recovery Project is funded by the South Australian Government’s Murray Futures program and the Australian Government.

This Ngarrindjeri Partnership Porject evaluation video is a part of the Coorong Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Recovery Project, funded by the South Australian Government’s Murray Futures program and the Australian Government.

 

©2016 Ngarrindjeri and Change Media

Partners
Department of the Environment, Water and Natural ResourcesNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityUrimbirra Wildlife Park Victor Harbor
We Are Water People2016 June - SA
Films Produced
We Are Water People - PLAY FILM

Change Media and Ngarrindjeri collaborated on a short web-documentary, as an engaging promotional tool for Ngarrindjeri and DEWNR, to showcase the significance of Ngarrindjeri science and cultural understanding of the Murray Mouth, the Murray River, the Lower Lakes and the Coorong.


The documentary features significant Ngarrindjeri cultural and caring for country practices and locations along the Murray River, the Lower Lakes, Coorong and the Murray Mouth, to highlight the spiritual connection between Ngarrindjeri and their lands and waters.
The documentary follows the narration script and storyboard developed by NRA, Change Media and DEWNR in late 2015, with a voice-over performed by Ngarrindjeri elder Ellen Trevorrow.

Credits

Producer: Carl Kuddell

Director: Jennifer Lyons-Reid

Writers: Ngarrindjeri managers Luke Trevorrow, Clyde Rigney Jnr and Laurie Rankine Jnr, in consultation with the NRA Board, DENWR and in collaboration with Change Media

Production management: Luke Trevorrow, Laurie Rankine Jnr, Owen Love Jnr, Carl Kuddell

Director of Photography: Johanis Lyons-Reid

Camera: Johanis Lyons-Reid, Owen Love

Editors: Johanis Lyons-Reid, Jennifer Lyons-Reid

Narrator: Ngarrindjeri Elder Ellen Trevorrow

Sound recording: Carl Kuddell

 

Participants and contributors include:

Auntie Ellen Trevorrow

Uncle Bud

Uncle Major Sumner

Prof. Daryle Rigney

Prof. Steve Hemming

Margaret Sexton

Ngarrindjeri community members

Ngarrindjeri heritage rangers

Tal Kin Jeri dancers

Ngarrindjeri Media Team

Laurie, Owen, Johnny and Daryl. Arnold, Lalo

 

Funded through the South Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources and Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority

 

©2016 Ngarrindjeri and Change Media

Everything Is Connected
2015
Escape from Cloud 9
Hexen
2-year Australia Council Fellowship for Jen Lyons-Reid
Nation To Nation - Aboriginal Regional Authorities Initiative SA
Partners
Alexandrina CouncilArts SAAustralia Council for the ArtsNatural Resources Management Board SA Murray Darling BasinNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityTal-Kin-Jeri Performance groupThe Rural City of Murray Bridge
Everything Is Connected2016 January - SA
Films Produced
Everything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Dance - PLAY FILMEverything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Weaving - PLAY FILMEverything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Carving - PLAY FILMEverything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Dance - 30 sec Trailer - PLAY FILMEverything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Weaving - 30 sec Trailer - PLAY FILMEverything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Carving - 30 sec Trailer - PLAY FILMEverything Is Connected - We Are Ngarrindjeri - PLAY FILM

 Melb WebFest 2016 Laurels

News flash - Thursday May 19th, 2016:

Everything Is Connected has been nominated for the Official Selection of the International Melbourne WebFest 2016! We are also nominated for Best Non-Fiction [Australia] and Best Cinematography [International]!!!

The series also was nominated for the 2016 SA Screen Awards and will screen on ABC iView in July 2016. And we can now announce that we have received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts for a Ngarrindjeri Culture Hub, which will include another web series featuring Ngarrindjeri artists and cultural stories.

Big congrats to our team both at Ngarrindjeri and Change Media - and a huge thanks to everyone involved and our partners and friends for all your support!

 

For Ngarrindjeri, everything is connected. Join their elders on country as they share stories of art, culture and survival.

We collaborated with Ngarrindjeri to create a beautiful web series for the inaugural Ngarrindjeri Culture Hub, linking Ngarrindjeri art, culture and country.

The Ngarrindjeri weaving, dancing and wood-carving videos showcase Ngarrindjeri culture and invite people to visit and participate in cultural activities at Camp Coorong. They were created during a series of multi-arts and capacity-building workshops with Ngarrindjeri communities in 2016.

The series will screen on ABC’s iView arts channel in July 2016.

Together with our community partners, the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority and the Ngarrindjeri Land and Progress Association, we delivered a series of multi-arts community engagement and capacity-building workshops in 2015-2016, to transmit Ngarrindjeri culture to young leaders and simultaneously created three new digital media works: Ngarrindjeri Carving with Elder Major Sumner and community members, Ngarrindjeri Dancing with Tal Kin Jeri dance group, and Ngarrindjeri Weaving with Elder Auntie Ellen Trevorrow and community members.

The inter-generational cultural exchange during the workshops, masterclasses and co-creative productions supported core elements of Ngarrindjeri cultural and arts activities.

The artworks, artifacts and a series of engaging cinema quality multimedia artworks are now being used by Ngarrindjeri to communicate culture and connection to country to the wider community.

 

Production credits

Producers: Carl Kuddell

Series Director: Jennifer Lyons-Reid  

Director: Johanis Lyons-Reid

Developed by: Clyde Rigney Jnr, Luke Trevorrow and Laurie Rankine Jnr, Jennifer Lyons-Reid, Carl Kuddell and Johanis Lyons-Reid, in consultation with the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority and Ngarrindjeri Land and Progress Association

Production management: Luke Trevorrow, Laurie Rankine Jnr

Director of Photography: Johanis Lyons-Reid

Assistant Camera: Laurie Rankine Jnr, Owen Love

Editor & Post-Production: Johanis Lyons-Reid

Sound recording: Carl Kuddell, Laurie Rankine Jnr

 

 

 

Participants and contributors include

Auntie Ellen Trevorrow

Uncle Major Moogy Sumner

 

Ngarrindjeri community members

Alice Abdulla

Edith Carter

Latoya Love

Harmony Love

Bessie Rigney

Cheyenne Carter

Thomas Trevorrow

 

Tal Kin Jeri dancers

Loretta Sumner

Krissa Sumner

Major Sumner

Stacia Sumner

Lianna Sumner

Tyrone Lindsay

Jordon Karpany

Damien Wanganeen

Ryan Knowles

 

Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority team

Clyde Rigney Jnr

Luke Trevorrow

Laurie Rankine Jnr

Owen Love

 

Supported by:

Australia Council for the Arts

Arts SA

Change Media

Ngarrindjeri Land and Progress Association

Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority

Natural Resources Management Board SA Murray Darling Basin

The Rural City of Murray Bridge

Alexandrina Council

 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and the South Australian Government through Arts SA.

 

 

Partners
2015 Year Marker2015 December - SA
Partners
Escape from Cloud 92015 August - SA

As part of her exploration of narratives and digital workflow for her Australia Council Fellowship, Jennifer Lyons-Reid collaborated with Francesca Da Rimini and Carl Kuddell on this cartoon work, as a contribution to the Affliated Text's exhibition 'Selfie: Image Narrative Opiate', curated by Bronia Iwanczak and Lynne Barwick.

Together they developed the concept and text work, and Jennifer produced the graphic art and lettering.

The exhibition took place between Sep 9th 2015 and Oct 16th 2015, at Cross Art Books, at 33 Rosluyn Street, Kings Cross, Sydney.

 

And on to page 2 - enjoy!

 

 

Other artists invited in the exhibition were:

Adrian Martin, Annabel Meehan, Annie OHanlon, Brenda Ludeman, Carl Kuddell, Catherine Bell, Darren Pryce, Deborah Kelly, Elizabeth Pulie, Elliott Bryce Foulkes, Francesca da Rimini, George Alexander, Helen Grace, Iakovos Amperidis, Ian Milliss, Jennifer Lyons-Reid, Jess Johnson, Jim Tsinganos, Keg de Souza, Katie Parrish Gandrabur, Leon Cmielewski, Leon Marvell, Linda Marie Walker, Liza Lakusa, Mishka Borowski, Nick Strike, Philipa Veitch, Richard Gurney, Ron Adams, Safdar Ahmed, Salote Tawale, Simon Yates, Susan Danta

 

Photo courtesy of Felicity Jenkins, Affiliated Text website

 

Below text copied from Affiliated Text's FB page:
cartoon fabulist/ industrial avatars/ solipsistic assassin/ prefixal self/ climax narrator/ autobiographic excision/ sequential confessions/ auxiliary conceit/ tendered speech/ authenticity prefect/ balloon renditions

Cartoons in which text and image are paired have a long history in social commentary, revolutionary politics, satire and entertainment. Hogarth’s series of engravings, A Harlot’s Progress and A Rake’s Progress are regarded as some of the first sequential images, a form which has led itself to many manifestations including film storyboards, superhero comics and the graphic novel. Comics share many formal conventions with film – including long shots, closeups, zooms and pans – which have furthered narrative and documentary aims. The graphic novel’s form is also conducive to self-expression. Speech is indicated through the convention of the speech balloon while internal dialogue is depicted with thought bubbles. Robert Crumb combined satire with sex, psychedelia and self through his comics in the 1960s. Later touchstones in the field - Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis demonstrated the autobiographical potential of the form.

Self-disclosure is often regarded with skepticism. While the stance of an objective position has been thoroughly debunked in theory, it continues to influence critical reception of cultural work. Works about the self are often assigned a lesser or degraded status in literature and art, aligned with confessional hobbyists, reality TV and misery memoirs. As the currency of social media, self-disclosure through the many forms of the selfie, is both derided and celebrated. Simultaneously self-examination has also been a political rallying point for gender, sexuality, class and minority politics in the cry, ‘The personal is political.’

Taking up a multitude of approaches to the depiction of self, thirty-six artists and writers explore the first-person voice through the genre and formal conventions of the graphic novel.

Partners
Hexen2015 April - SA

Jen and Carl were invited by artist Francesca Da Rimini to contribute to her collaborative zine 'Hexen', presented at Copenhagen, Denmark and London. This collaboration was part of the first stage artistic exploration for Jen's 2-year Australia Council Fellowship.

The invitation was to respond to a series of challenges and to a selection of medieval art works, referenced in the final magazine art work.

Jennifer's graphic art Hex, This Is Not A Trap:

 

Carl's poetic Hex, Nine Reflections:

Partners
2-year Australia Council Fellowship for Jen Lyons-Reid2015 February - SA

Interrogate stories, values and best practice in CACD to identify new narrative and media strategies:

Informed, egalitarian societies rely on individual critical literacy – our ability to understand and meaningfully engage in the ethical, aesthetic and political stories that shape our collective lives. Valuing and exchanging stories is at the heart of CACD practice and I am interested in how we collectively script powerful stories for social change within a rapidly changing media landscape.

 This Fellowship will enable me to interrogate critical literacy strategies across the CACD sector. I will explore the values behind the thinking that drives our sector, via a robust collaborative and creative peer-exchange. It will result in an exploratory, transmedia CACD model, published on The Platform, as an open source Critical Literacy Forum. Currently there is no accessible exchange on how we use narrative in CACD – this Fellowship will break new ground.

 

 From the Australia Council for the Arts website:

Friday 5 December 2014

Australia Council invests in leading artists

Some of Australia’s most accomplished artists working in various art forms have been recognized with prestigious Australia Council Fellowships. The highly sought after fellowships, worth $100,000 over two years, are awarded to outstanding, established artists for creative activity and professional development.  

This year they have been awarded to 12 artists in seven art form areas. Find full list and bios of selected artists here.

Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski congratulated the recipients of this year’s fellowships and paid tribute to the outstanding body of work each had already produced in their respective art forms.

“Fellowships have always been central to the Council’s grants program and for many artists they are life-changing to their career,” Mr Grybowski said.

“Fellowships are only granted once in an artists’ lifetime to those who can demonstrate outstanding achievement on the national and international stage, so the calibre of these recipients is very impressive. 

“One of the goals in the Council’s new Strategic Plan - Australia is known for its great art and artists - aims to build the capacity of artists to make excellent work and foster experimentation and risk-taking in all art forms.

“Fellowships realise this goal by supporting artists to develop their arts practice, experiment, research and create new ways to present their works and further their artistic ambitions and career.

“They play an important role in providing artists with the time and financial security needed to focus on their work and the freedom to reflect, innovate, experiment and collaborate.”

Fellowship applications are assessed and awarded by peers in the relevant art form areas.

Under the Australia Council’s new grants model, which begins in January, Fellowships will be offered once a year with a June closing date.

Past Fellowship recipients include Gary Lang, Alana Valentine, Archie Roach, Tim Daly, Judith Wright and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.

Jennifer's Fellowship will focus on interrogation of stories, values and best practice in CACD, to identify new narrative and media strategies.

Partners
Arts SA Strategic Community PartnershipsDepartment for State Development - Aboriginal Affairs and ReconciliationNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityTallstoreez Productionz
Nation To Nation - Aboriginal Regional Authorities Initiative SA2015 February - SA
Films Produced
Nation To Nation - Aboriginal Regional Authorities SA - PLAY FILM

In collaboration with the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority, we are producing a 25min documentary about the new South Australian Government Aboriginal Regional Authorities (ARA) initiative. The video showcases the benefits and opportunities of Aboriginal Regional Authorities in the context of colonization and new approaches for respectful governance and support for Indigenous representation in SA.

It features the four selected trial groups at their different stages of development and implementation:

Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority - Murraylands, Lower Lakes, Coorong and South Coast

Narungga Regional Authority - Yorke Penisula and surrounding islands

Kaurna Heritage Board - wider Adelaide area

Aboriginal Community Engagement Group Port Augusta and surrounding areas

The documentary features the views of Indigenous key leaders, detailing the process, development, and envisaged and current best practice and future outlook for each participating Aboriginal Authority, in Murray Bridge, Port Augusta, Point Pierce and Port Adelaide. Each trial group cover aspects of the five key issues and activities, ranging from Indigenous governance and leadership initiatives, Working on Country programs, to cultural engagement and Indigenous authority and self determination.

 ARA BTS

The project started development in October 2014, shooting across regional SA in 5 locations between November 2014 and January 2015.

 
Thanks for all the amazing community support

Kaurna Nation Heritage Association Inc
Living Kaurna Culture Centre
ART Employment
Peachey Place Community Centre
Kauwi Interpretive Centre SA Water
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
Narungga Aboriginal Corporation Regional Authority
Point Pearce Aboriginal Corporation
Point Pearce Aboriginal Health Service - SA Health
Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority
Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Contracting
Ngarrindjeri Land and Progress Association
The Rural City of Murray Bridge
Aboriginal Community Engagement Group ACEG Port Augusta
Port Augusta Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Services
Port Augusta Youth Centre
Bungala Aboriginal Corporation
Davenport Community
Port Augusta City Council
Pricewaterhousecooper Indigenous Consulting Pty Ltd

This project was funded through
South Australian Government
Department of State Development - Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation

Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority and Change Media

Developed with support from Arts SA Strategic Community Partnerships

© 2015 South Australian Government
Department of State Development - Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Change Media and Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority

 

 

 

2014
Weaving and Whispers: Miwi Wisdom
Ngarrindjeri Media We Are Ngarrinjderi
Ngarrindjeri Media Meningie Foreshore Restoration
Women Living with HIV workshop - Bangkok ICAAP Women's Voices
Typology of Harm at Spectres of Evalution
Partners
2014 Year Marker2014 December - SA
Partners
Arts SA Strategic Community PartnershipsMeningie Uniting ChurchNational Foundation for Australian WomenNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityTallstoreez ProductionzTarraWarra Museum of Art
Weaving and Whispers: Miwi Wisdom2014 August - TarraWarra Museum of Art Healesville VIC
Films Produced
Weaving and Whispers Play at TarraWarra Biennial - PLAY FILMWeaving and Whispers Q & A at TarraWarra Biennial - PLAY FILM

  Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website and video links may contain images and voices of people who have died.

Change Media was invited to collaborate with Professor Diane Bell on her recent one-act play with Ngarrindjeri weavers, called 'Weaving and Whispers: Miwi Wisdom' to launch at the TarraWarra Biennial 2014 'Whisper in my Mask' in Healesville, Victoria, August 16th 2014.

The co-creative, community-driven play focuses on Ngarrindjeri women's knowledge, the Hindmarsh Island Bridge affair and the role of anthropologists and curators in suppressing traditional oral knowledge.

Our contribution included creative support for the performance team, prop-making, the production of a three-channel moving image projection to illustrate and illuminate the play, for 3 projectors, and the video documentation of the work and the Q & A, produced in collaboration with our community partners from the Ngarrindjeri Media Team.

A Word from the Playwright

In ‘Weaving and Whispers: Miwi wisdom’, we invite the audience into the world of women’s weaving. What do Ngarrindjeri women talk about while they weave?  What does that have to do with women’s sacred knowledge?  How is this knowledge understood by the institutions dedicated to conserve and preserve Indigenous knowledge? Stories, told as women weave, reveal the hidden truths of their relationship to their country, families and sacred beliefs. This knowledge is inaccessible to those who privilege written texts and dismiss oral traditions. Through their Miwi, their 'sixth sense', located in the pit of the stomach, Ngarrindjeri wisdom comes to full voice.

Click here to read more about the story of the play.

 

We have been busy shooting exquisite footage of Auntie Ellen Trevorrow's weaving techniques and worked with Diane Bell and Darrell Sumner on the moving image elements, prop design and dramaturgy of the play.

The play was presented in two performances at the TarraWarra Museum, at the launch of the international exhibition ' Whisper in my Mask', co-curated by Djon Mundine OAM and Natalie King in Healesville, Victoria.

Credits: Moving image creation and documentation

Change Media

Jennifer Lyons-Reid - Artistic Director, Editor

Carl Kuddell - Creative Producer, Editor

Johanis Lyons-Reid - Director of Photography, Trainer

 

Ngarrindjeri Media Team

Laurie Rankine Jnr - Second Camera  

John Karpany - Third Camera

Cyril Trevorrow - Supervisor

 

Weaving and Whispers Play

Professor Diane Bell - Playwright, Co-creative Director and Producer

 

A huge thanks to the cast

Aunty Ellen Trevorrow

Ellie Wilson

Debbie Rankine

Destiny Rankine

Stephanie Russell

Djon Mundine AOM

Dr. Karen Hughes

Professor Diane Bell

 

A special thanks to the team at Tarrawarra Museum Healesville for the invitation to be part of the 2014 Biennial ‘Whisper in my Mask’:

Djon Mundine OAM - co-curator of the Tarrawarra Biennial

Victoria Lynn - Tarrawarra Museum Director

 

The documentation and moving image production was supported through

The South Australian Government

Arts SA Partnership for Strategic Communities

Tallstoreez Productionz

and the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority

 

The Play and Performance were supported by generous contributions to the '21st Century Lamington Drive' for the ‘Ngarrindjeri Women Weavers Project’ designated by the National Foundation for Australian Women as a preferred donor fund;

by the Meningie Uniting Church through a gift to the Ngarrindjeri Lands and Progress Association

and by Victor Harbor Removals through donation of boxes for props

 

© 2014 Change Media, Diane Bell, Ngarrindjeri Land & Progress Association, and the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority

 

Partners
Arts SA Strategic Community PartnershipsIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of the Attorney GeneralNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityNgarrindjeri Ruwe ContractingTal-Kin-Jeri Performance groupTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media We Are Ngarrinjderi2014 June - Coorong SA
Films Produced
Everything Is Connected - We Are Ngarrindjeri - PLAY FILM

  Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website and video links may contain images and voices of people who have died.


A Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority and Change Media collaboration.
As part of our ongoing groundbreaking cross-cultural partnership with Ngarrindjeri, Change Media has worked with the Ngarrindjeri Media Team, headed up by Luke Trevorrow, Clyde Rigney and Laurie Rankine Jnr, and the wider Ngarrindjeri community, to create a video to represent Ngarrindjeri culture, past and present, as part of the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority’s Indigenous Cultural Support program between October 2013 and June 2014.

The project included eight collaborative workshops with Ngarrindjeri community members and their media team. The script for the video was developed with thw Ngarrindjeri Media Team over several months to identify the best way to represent Ngarrindjeri culture and ongoing connection to their lands and waters.

The participants and stakeholders decided to use excerpts from the Ngarrindjeri Land and Sea management plan for the narration. The very poetic text was developed over years by Ngarrindjeri elders and had been approved by their leaders. We then workshoped the most appropriate and feasible way to visualize the narration, to be shot across 3 main areas of the vast and beautiful Ngarrindjeri lands and waters - in the Coorong, on the Murray River and at the Encounter coast around Pt. Elliot, Goolwa and Victor Harbor.

The result is an inspiring video featuring several generations of Ngarrindjeri, elders past and present, and the breadth of Ngarrindjeri culture, lands and water, heritage and other activities.

Credits

Producer: Carl Kuddell

Director: Jennifer Lyons-Reid

Writers: Ngarrindjeri Elders - edited selections from Ngarrindjeri Land and Sea Management Plan by Luke Trevorrow, Clyde Rigney Jnr and Laurie Rankine Jnr, in consultation with the NRA Board and Change Media

Production management: Luke Trevorrow, Laurie Rankine Jnr

Director of Photography: Johanis Lyons-Reid

Camera: Johanis Lyons-Reid, Owen Love

Editors: Johanis Lyons-Reid, Jennifer Lyons-Reid

Narrator: Ngarrindjeri Elder Major Sumner

Sound recording: Carl Kuddell

 

Participants and contributors include:

Auntie Ellen Trevorrow

Uncle Darrell Sumner

Uncle Major Sumner

Prof. Daryle Rigney

Prof. Steve Hemming

Margaret Sexton

Ngarrindjeri community members

Ngarrindjeri heritage rangers

Tal Kin Jeri dancers

Ngarrindjeri Media Team

Laurie, Owen, Johnny and Daryl

 

Funded through the Australian Government Office for the Arts Indigenous Cultural Support

 

Partners
Arts SA Strategic Community PartnershipsFriends of MeningieMeningie Area SchoolMeningie CouncilNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityNgarrindjeri Ruwe ContractingSouth Australian Government Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Ngarrindjeri Media Meningie Foreshore Restoration2014 May - Meningie SA
Films Produced
Meningie Foreshore Restoration - PLAY FILM

  Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website and video links may contain images and voices of people who have died.

Between April and May 2014, Change Media worked with the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority and its media team and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, to produce a co-creative documentary about the Meningie Foreshore Restoration project.

The video was developed with the key stakeholders and shot during a one day production and training day at Meningie on April 16, 2014.

The edit included a one-day workshop with the Ngarrindjeri media team to finish the 5 minute promotional video.

The video showcases the amazing work done at Meningie, including the planting of over 23,000 local native plants, the naturalization of the concrete drain into a wetland corridor, the interpretive trail with signage, seating and bird watching platform.

It features all stakeholders, the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority rangers and heritage team, members of the CLLMM Restoration Project, the Coorong District Council, the Meningie community and school, the Friends of Meningie group, and Ngarrindjeri elder Ellen Trevorrow.

The project was funded through The Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Recovery Project is funded by the South Australian Government’s Murray Futures Program, and the Australian Government

Partners
Arts SA Strategic Community PartnershipsAustralia Council for the ArtsChange MediaGlobally AwareLiving Positive VictoriaStraight Arrows
Women Living with HIV workshop - Bangkok ICAAP Women's Voices2014 March - Bangkok International
Films Produced
Positively Fabulous Teaser - PLAY FILMPositively Fabulous Bangkok ICAAP 2013 - PLAY FILM

Watch 16 Positively Fabulous Womens Voices videos on Vimeo

Change Media collaborated with GloballyAware’s Artistic Director Kim Davis and women living with HIV from across the Asia-Pacific region during a series of co-creative community workshops in Adelaide, Melbourne and at ICAAP conference in Bangkok. We produced a short documentary and a series of Women's Voices interviews as part of a large scale public art project GloballyAware is creating for global HIV conference AIDS 2014 in Melbourne in July 2014.

‘Positively Fabulous’ will be a large-scale interdisciplinary community health-arts collaboration between GloballyAware, Straight Arrows, Living Positive VIC and Change Media, connecting Women Living with HIV, global stakeholders and communities through co-creative film-making, innovative public arts interventions and social media strategies, with on-line engagement via Feral Arts’ PlaceStories and ABC Open platforms.

‘Positively Fabulous’ combines an online platform with innovative engagement strategies through digital media and public art events and accessible peer-produced resource kit.

During the project we collaborated with women living with HIV to support their voices and offer them a platform to address the decision-making that affects their health, well-being and quality of life. With long-term benefits reaching well beyond 2015, this interactive arts project amplifies HIV-positive women’s voice for self-determination and effective harm reduction, human rights, social justice and equality.

Partners
Arts SA Strategic Community PartnershipsAustralia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeDepartment for Critical IlliteracyVictorian College for the Arts Centre for Cultural Partnershipshere studio
Typology of Harm at Spectres of Evalution2014 February - Footscray VIC

We presented the first Typology of Harm prototype at the international 'Spectres of Evaluation' conference at the Footscray Community Arts Centre Feb 6-7 2014, commissioned by the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Victorian College for the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Developed by Change Media's Jennifer Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell, in collaboration with VCA's Lachlan MacDowall and Marnie Badham and great feedback from the folks at here studio in Melbourne, Michelle Emma James and Ammon Beyerle, the prototype is the first stage of our innovative-disruptive work to include a card game for self evaluation of harm in art and culture, e-reader and online version. The prototype presentation was accompanied by a multimedia art installation of our development-in-progress and a hands-on workshop (sculpture, image work, video, mass player lanyard game).

During the 2-day event, the Department for Critical Illiteracy launched the prototype ‘Typology of Harm in CACD’. After an introduction of the methodology, participants played out different negative value scenarios and developed their own typology of harm, to map out their own experience of harm, by using a unique set of N.I.C.E. cards [Negative Indicators Commonly Experienced]. Our team handed out playing cards to conference delegates to attached tp their lanyards and a brisk trade and collection of cards ensued. We saw a few eager punters trying to collect them all...

Our development of the typology will introduce a range of tools and ‘archetypes’ based on identified negative values and behavior patterns we identified in collaboration with colleagues and community participants over years of 'successful' practise, to open up a dialogue on the issues of harm, risk, power and value. Our method aims to strengthen critical literacy across the sector to support stakeholders to engage on a deep level with problems of power, interdependency, morality, privilege and commodification across the sector.

During a 20-minute panel presentation at the conference to over 100 participants, we raised questions about negative value, harm, complicity of artists and arts managers with in a fear-driven framework and the urgency to reframe our moral belief systems that inform our work.

The 90min hands-on session at 'Spectres' concluded the first research in action phase of the work, framed as a ‘swap-meet’  creative and interactive workshop. 15 participating artists, arts managers and researchers tested the prototype. We also received great feedback throughout the conference pointing to the need for a typology of harm to support a rigorous debate on value in CACD. Many people started collecting and trading the cards, which were attached to the delegates lanyards. We were joined by Michelle Emma James and Ammon Beyerle from herestudio, who supported us to deliver the workshop.

We see Critical Literacy as an essential tool for CACD practice in a colonial context. How can we name key values of our sector, without jeopardising our standing in the sector? What really informs our narratives, beyond spin and funding speak? This Typology of Harm is Change Media's artistic response to a set of questions we posed after 20 years of highly ‘successful’ glorious failures.

We focus on transparency and equity in our work as artists – negative only in as much as negative space helps us to shape our understanding of that which we struggle to see.

The next phase of the work will investigate applications of the typology across the arts and culture sector and tertiary institutions. We are currently applying for funding from the Australia Council for the Arts, with support from Arts SA and various community, non-arts and  education partners already in place.

We are uploading the ongoing research and development of the project as we receive reviews from our research partners and participants. Please find the documents attached below.

 In September 2014 we have publish the re-worked set of game rules, they are evolving as we receive more and more feedback from game testers - thanks everyone!

The Typology of Harm version 1.0 card pack is now available for sale. Please contact us via email carl@tallstoreez.com to purchase your copy.

Review of harm cards prototype, by Jennifer Penton, Griffith University, March 2014

 

Development notes:

Please click on the links for

 ToH Harm Matrix - initial structure

ToH Harm Matrix - Notes for archetypes

ToH Harm Matrix - design brief

Whiteboard from our first session with Lachlan and Marnie at VCA, University of Melbourne, November 2012

 

CREDITS FOR PROTOTYPE :

Artistic Director - Jennifer Lyons-Reid
Creative Producer - Carl Kuddell

Writers
Carl Kuddell
Jennifer Lyons-Reid

Developed with the support of
Dr. Lachlan MacDowall
Head, Centre for Cultural Partnerships, VCA

Dr. Marnie Badham
Research Fellow, CCP VCA

Ammon Beyerle and Michelle Emma James, here studio


Installations
Jennifer Lyons-Reid
Carl Kuddell

Image Creation
Jennifer Lyons-Reid
Jesse Miles

Graphic Design
Jennifer Lyons-Reid
Jesse Miles

Animations and web design
Felix Weber

 

Workshop team at Spectres of Evaluation

Jennifer Lyons-Reid
Carl Kuddell

Ammon Beyerle
Michelle Emma James

 

Additional research partners [February 2014 onwards]

Dr. Danielle Wyatt, RMIT, School of Global Studies

Rimi Khan, University of Melbourne, School for Culture and Communication

Prof Peter Wright, Ass. Dean, Arts Education and Research Methods, School of Education, Murdoch University, Perth

Jennifer Penton, PHD candidate and CACD theatre practitioner, Griffith University, Brisbane

Helen Kelly, Artistic Director, RAV Small Town Transformations, Dookie

Margaret Sexton, Chief Operating Officer, Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority

2013
Ngarrindjeri Media - handover
Leeton Shire Anti-Binge Drinking Campaign 2
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre media training 3
Women Living with HIV workshop - Positively Fabulous
Digital Media Training Toolkit
Partners
2013 Year Marker2013 December -
Partners
Arts SA Strategic Community PartnershipsAustralia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of the Attorney GeneralNgarrindjeri Regional Authority
Ngarrindjeri Media - handover2013 October - Meningie SA

  Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website and video links may contain images and voices of people who have died.

 The Change Media team worked with the participants and representatives from the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority to handover all video footage accumulated over the last 5 years of our media collaboration with Ngarrindjeri.

Over three days the Ngarrindjeri participants and NRA support staff worked through over 4 TeraByte library of video footage and photos, from 2009 to 2013. Our team facilitated a tailored library system for the Ngarrindjeri to use on future projects.

As part of our handover, the team also stepped through a complete training process of planning their first standalone project with the Department of Water, about the Meningie Foreshore Restoration, including developing a client brief, proposal, shortlist. The team set up their own production plan and researched the locations for their shoot scheduled for this summer.

You can find the Ngarrindjeri training toolkit videos in our new Digital Media Toolkit.

Big thanks to the team at the Wilderness Lodge for supporting us!

Partners
Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeChange MediaLeeton Shire Council Bidgee BingeRoxy Theatre LeetonWestern Riverina Arts
Leeton Shire Anti-Binge Drinking Campaign 22013 October - Leeton NSW
Films Produced
Labels - PLAY FILMSlow Down - PLAY FILMWake Up - PLAY FILM

The Change Media team returned to Leeton Shire in 2013 for the second collaborative workshop on the topic of binge drinking, as part of the Leeton Shire Council’s Bidgee Binge campaign, supported by the Australian Government. The aim for the 4-day workshop was to co-create a second TV commercial to compliment the "That Guy" TVC created during the last workshop.

Part two of this two year project was a huge success, creating not single commercial but filming three videos! After brainstorming a wide range of ideas as a group, the best concepts were reduced down to their core messages and feasibility of filming. This approach allowed us to have three storyboard ready by the end of the first day, one commercial was filmed on each of the remaining days. Whilst last time the we mainly used our Canon 5D Mk3, this year we opted to use our Sony high speed camera to allow the magical slow motion that is seen in our "slow down your drinking" TVC.

The TVC's launched on WIN TV on the Channel 9 network across the NSW Riverina region 2013-2014 and at the Bidgee Binge public events in the Leeton Shire region.

Partners
Asylum Seeker Resource CentreAustralia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeOurCommunityTallstoreez ProductionzVictorian College for the Arts Centre for Cultural Partnerships
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre media training 32013 September - Melbourne VIC

The Change Media team ran the final collaborative workshop in Melbourne with members and volunteers from the ASRC (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre). The 1-day workshop, focused on handover of a broadcast quality camera for the ASRC, to enable their members to produce their own creative myth busting videos and community campaign films.

The workshop forms part of an ongoing two year collaborative effort to debunk the myths surrounding asylum seekers and to create powerful media messages for TV, internet and/or video projection art. The Change Media team will skill up members and volunteers at the ASRC, to support them to create a self sustaining media hub as a resource for asylum seekers to have a voice in the digital age.

During the handover workshop, participants trained on their new camera and media literacy skill to enable them to transfer their stories into screen language.
This workshop conceded a successful 2-year co-creative process to support asylum seekers in Australia. The ASRC community media team now has their own iMac media hub with broadcast quality camera and all skills necessary to commence their own artistic work.

Big thanks to the Australian Nurses Federation for the use of their fabulous venue!

Partners
Arts SAAustralia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeGlobally AwareLiving Positive VictoriaStraight Arrows
Women Living with HIV workshop - Positively Fabulous2013 August - Richmond VIC
Films Produced
Positively Fabulous Teaser - PLAY FILM

Change Media collaborated with GloballyAware’s Artistic Director Kim Davis and women living with HIV during a series of co-creative community workshops to develop a prototype and teaser video for a large scale public art project GloballyAware is planning for 2014-2015.

‘Positively Fabulous’ will be a large-scale interdisciplinary community health-arts collaboration between GloballyAware and Change Media, connecting Women Living with HIV, global stakeholders and communities through co-creative film-making, innovative public arts interventions and social media strategies, with on-line engagement via Feral Arts’ PlaceStories and ABC Open platforms.

‘Positively Fabulous’ will combine an online platform with innovative engagement strategies through digital media and public art events and accessible peer-produced resource kit. The project consults and collaborates with women living with HIV to have their voices heard and to input into the decision-making that affects their health, well-being and lives. With long-term benefits reaching well beyond 2015, this interactive arts project amplifies HIV-positive women’s voice for self-determination and effective harm reduction, human rights, social justice and equality.

GloballyAware’s Artistic Director Kim Davis is lodging a series of funding submissions this year to make the project happening; please contact us if you are able to support the initiative.

Partners
Arts SA Strategic Community PartnershipsAsylum Seeker Resource CentreAustralia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeAustralian Refugee Association IncIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of the Attorney GeneralNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityVCA Centre for Cultural Partnerships
Digital Media Training Toolkit2013 June - Adelaide SA

Our Digital Media Training Toolkit offers a range of tips and tricks we have created over the years in collaboration with communities across Australia between 2010 and 2013. It covers the key elements of digital media production, from development, production and editing to ethics, impact and evaluation.

Find an overview of all topics covered here.

The toolkit has a strong focus on Indigenous media training and features many Ngarrindjeri participants explaining their step by step training process, during workshops in regional South Australia.

The toolkit was produced with assistance from the Australian Government Office for the Arts Indigenous Cultural Support and the Australia Council for the Arts Community Partnerships.

The project also received support from the South Australian Government through Arts SA Strategic Community Partnerships.

Light in Winter - When Does the Light Turn On?
Light in Winter - Square of Light
Ngarrindjeri Elder Tom Trevorrow
Ngarrindjeri Media - Flow - Life Giving Lands and Waters
headspace youth media workshop - Adelaide Northern Virtual Tour
2012
Partners
Asylum Seeker Resource CentreFedSquare Pty Ltd - Light in Winter 2013Tallstoreez ProductionzVCA Centre for Cultural PartnershipsVicHealth
Light in Winter - When Does the Light Turn On?2013 June - Melbourne VIC
Films Produced
Square of Light - Trailer - PLAY FILMwhen does the light turn on? - PLAY FILM

The Light in Winter 2013: When does the light turn on? We are working with a team of artists from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre to create a 30min video installation for Melbourne’s Federation Square. The project includes a behind the scenes documentary and a series of 50 online video provocations for the Light in Winter 2013.

In a series of workshops between Feb-June, our team is collaborating with over 75 contributors / Melbourne artists from migrant, refugee, Anglo-Australian, Indigenous and Pacific Islander backgrounds, to reflect on Light in Winter’s theme of ‘race, voice and power’. The resulting half hour experimental art work, ‘when does the light turn on?’, is screening throughout June on the Big Screen at Federation Square and online.

‘When does the light turn on?’ is part dance, part documentary, part moving image poetry: Australian citizens of the world share their insights, movements and stories about enlightenment, racism and change, and offer ‘gifts of light’ that come to life on screen as animations of light.

Partners
Asylum Seeker Resource CentreAustralia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeFedSquare Pty Ltd - Light in Winter 2013Tallstoreez ProductionzVCA Centre for Cultural PartnershipsVicHealth
Light in Winter - Square of Light2013 June - Melbourne VIC
Films Produced
Square of Light - Trailer - PLAY FILM

Square of Light as part of The Light in Winter 2013: For this behind the scenes documentary we are collaborated with a team of artists from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre to create a short film about the community art process for Fed Square’s The Light In Winter 2013. Besides this behind the scenes documentary this project includes a public art video work and a series of online video provocations for the Light in Winter 2013.

The short co-creative documentary about Light in Winter’s Squares of Light, features some of the community art process and its different stages of rehearsals, teaser event and final Solstice performance, narrated by The Light in Winter artistic director Robyn Archer and Fed Square’s community arts producer Nadja Kostich, with contributions from our other interviewees.

The ASRC requested to use the video to showcase its arts and media outreach programs to its members and supporters.
Fed Square is using the documentary to promote the Square of Light and to raise further funds for its community arts programs as part of the Light in Winter 2014 and beyond.

The ASRC members and artists from refugee background who participated in the production, gained another valuable credit and exposure. Two of our participants are now in the process of setting up their own digital media and film making enterprise.

Change Media team:
Artistic Director – Jennifer Lyons-Reid
Creative Producer – Carl Kuddell
Director of Photography – Johanis Lyons-Reid
Editors – Jesse Miles and Jennifer Lyons-Reid
Special Effects – Felix Weber
Colour Grade – Johanis Lyons-Reid
Music – Jesse Miles

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre team:
Camera B – Gokhan Zorlu
Camera C – Adem Mohamedali Etel
Slow motion camera – Mirhat Turan and Adem Mohamedali Etel
Production Manager – Kate Murray
ASRC Supporters – Raj Yadev, Courtney Green and Bonnie Dunstone

Fed Square team:
Artistic Director Light in Winter – Robyn Archer
Program Manager – Matt Jones
Creative Projects Manager – Renee Dudfield
Creative Producer Community Participation – Nadja Kostich

On-screen Contributors:
Larry Walsh
Rob Bundle
Sista Zai
Cece Ojany
Shabbir Wahid
Catherine Simmonds
Ubah Badi
Essan Dileri
Robyn Archer
Yomal Krishan Rajasinghe
Paul Janes
John Gray
Lib Diop
Emeretta Cross
Esmeralda Araiza
Tony Yap

Square of Light contributors:
Carolyn Briggs
Lou Bennett and the Light in Winter choir ensemble
Tony Yap Company
Catherine Simmonds and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre performers

…and all the other artists, performers and contributors that made Light in Winter what it is…

Also a special thanks to the Australian Nursing Federation Victoria, for the use of their fabulous venue!

Square of Light is proudly supported by VicHealth

Partners
Arts SAAustralia Council for the ArtsIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Elder Tom Trevorrow2013 April - Coorong SA
Films Produced
Ngarrindjeri Elder Tom Trevorrow - PLAY FILM

Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website and videos links contains images and voices of people who have died.

Media Release April 21, 2013
‘Tom Trevorrow passes away’

It is with considerable sadness that we announce the passing of Mr Thomas Trevorrow at the age of 58 years from a heart attack at his office at Camp Coorong, Meningie.


Mr Trevorrow was a strong and proud Ngarrindjeri man and a leading advocate for Aboriginal Rights in Australia. He worked throughout his life to better the relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous people and to support the advancement and recognition of the Ngarrindjeri People. With his wife Ellen, Tom worked for 30 years to develop program’s like the Ngarrindjeri Lands and Progress Association and Camp Coorong that fostered and supported Ngarrindjeri culture, arts and tradition, such as weaving. Tom shared with Ellen a commitment to enriching the life of the Ngarrindjeri community and ensured this focus was integral to the development of the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority. He worked closely alongside his brother, Mr George Trevorrow and his Ngarrindjeri brother, Mr Mathew Rigney.


Tom Trevorrow was highly respected by all for his wisdom and insight into Aboriginal matters and a key leader in advancing Indigenous issues. His contribution to asserting the position of Aboriginal People and its proper relationship to Governments and non-Indigenous people was significant at state and national levels. His reputation as an Indigenous leader and educator was internationally recognised. He was a sought after speaker by political leaders at all levels of government, by universities, local councils and community organisations. Mr Trevorrow was highly respected for his spiritual and cultural life. He was a person of great honesty and personal integrity. He will be sadly missed by many people.


Tom Trevorrow believed strongly that the relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous people needed healing. He felt that the government did not consistently act in a meaningful or respectful manner in its dealings with Indigenous People. This was particularly the case when issues of power and control of government were being challenged by Indigenous People. Mr Trevorrow believed that the original promises of a just settlement in the 1836 Letters Patent for South Australia needed to be followed through by the State Government and that a treaty needed to be negotiated between Indigenous People and the State Government. He thought that a treaty would be a powerful healer of the pain felt by Aboriginal People in their daily lives and would provide justice to those who had passed without knowing it, and provide a proper platform for those Indigenous People living in the future.

ABOUT

Tom Trevorrow was a highly respected Ngarrindjeri man. He worked endlessly and tirelessly to advance Ngarrindjeri interests, whether this was as a group of people or for individual Ngarrindjeri people. He was Manager of Camp Coorong: Race Relations and Cultural Education Centre and Chair of the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority. He had a deep cultural understanding of his lands and waters, he knew that the lands and waters need not to be disconnected from the Ngarrindjeri People and he fought hard with governments to make them better understand. He passes with the knowledge that the government does have a better understanding of these issues. He passes knowing his beloved Ngarrindjeri People are strong and have a good base upon which to build their relationships.


Tom Trevorrow will be sadly missed by many people but the work he did throughout his life will continue to influence people’s lives into the future. Our condolences to Tom Trevorrow’s extended family including his uncles and aunties, his brothers and sisters, his wife, Ellen and their children, Thomas, Frank, Bruce, Tanya, Joe, Luke and Hank and his grandchildren.

SCREENINGS:
The tribute was screened during the funeral ceremony as thousands mourners paid their respects in Meningie, South Australia.

IMPACT & FEEDBACK:
Unfortunately we were unable to attend the funeral and farewell ceremonies in Menigie, as we were already booked and paid to be in Melbourne that day – but we said our good-byes to Tom over hours and hours of editing on the tribute. Luke had requested us to produce a tribute video that would serve as a memento of his fathers work and achievements.

We feel privileged to have had the chance to work with Tom for so many years; from Jen’s work with him, Uncle Matt and Uncle George and other Elders on the Hindmarsh Island bridge campaigns in the nineties, to our digital media projects with him over the last 5 years. Beyond his amazing work as an advocate for Indigenous lands right and cross-cultural understanding, Tom also was a visionary leader who early on saw the power of digital media for the Ngarrindjeri communities. Tom, your voice will be thoroughly missed.

Jen, Carl, Johanis, Jesse and Felix from Change Media

Partners
Arts SAAustralia Council for the ArtsIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportMurray Darling Basin AuthorityNgarrindjeri Regional AuthoritySouth Australian Government Department of Environment, Water and Natural ResourcesTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media - Flow - Life Giving Lands and Waters2013 February - Meningie SA
Films Produced
FLOW - Life Giving Lands and Waters - PLAY FILM

  Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website and video links may contain images and voices of people who have died.

The Change Media team partnered with the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority in association with the SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources to produce a collaborative community-driven documentary about the Ngarrindjeri lands and waters and The Living Murray Initiative’s ICON sites during a four day capacity building workshop in Dec 2012 and edit process in Jan-Feb 2013 with the Ngarrindjeri Media Team.

Our crew worked with 12 scientists selected by DEWNR and the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority, to address a series of issues about managing the River Murray, the Lower Lakes and the Coorong. Over 4 days we investigate the different western scientific and economic approaches, in comparison with Ngarrindjeri knowledge and cultural practice shared by their elders, and find out how both sides can work together for a better understanding of the fragile environment of the Ngarrindjeri lands and waters.

The film has already triggered some interesting responses, a researcher from Flinders University said the film sets a new benchmark for collaborations between Indigenous communities and government departments, especially on the contentious issue of water and land management and related cultural rights.
We also have been asked to co-present Flow at the World Indigenous Network conference in Darwin in May 2013.
The Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority will use the documentary also as part of their Native Title claim, as it provides supporting evidence of their ongoing cultural connection to their land and waters. If our work can make a contribution on this level, then may be not all is lost…

Partners
Arts SAAustralia Council for the ArtsTallstoreez Productionzheadspace
headspace youth media workshop - Adelaide Northern Virtual Tour2013 January - Elizabeth SA
Films Produced
headspace Adelaide Northern Virtual Tour - PLAY FILM

For their first project of the year, the Change Media team got together with headspace Adelaide Northern and their YAC(youth advisory committee) to create a fun and engaging virtual tour. During a two day workshop at the centre the team brainstormed and shot the film, which was aimed to make the service more accessible, fun and friendly and give some information about it for those considering accessing it.

The participants were part of a professional production, building on previous experiences from their July 2012 workshop with Change Media. Participants learned good interview skills, set dressing, and lighting theory.

“It looks professional and fresh and colourful and !!!!!! So excited about it! Thanks to everyone for giving us the opportunity to make something that will hopefully help more young people feel brave enough to come to headspace!”
-Suzanne

Partners
2012 Year Marker2012 December -
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre media training 2
Ngarrindjeri Media Reframing Culture Regional Arts Australia 2012
Ngarrindjeri Projection Masterclass
Leeton Shire Anti-Binge Drinking Campaign 1
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre media training 1
Strathmont disability arts - A Life Well Lived
Partners
Asylum Seeker Resource CentreAustralia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeOurCommunityTallstoreez ProductionzVictorian College for the Arts Centre for Cultural Partnerships
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre media training 22012 November - Melbourne VIC
Films Produced
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Virtual Tour - PLAY FILM

This was the second workshop with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. We continued work on their video for a virtual tour of the centre and developed artistic concepts for the series of debunking asylum seeker myths and train the trainer tool kits.

The final virtual tour will be finished in January 2013, this workshop was focusing on co-creative editing and shooting additional action and interviews for each of the 5 pillars at ASRC.
The team reviewed footage an assembly edits from the first 2-day workshop and identified missing interviews and overlay footage.
We collaborated on the narrative structure, to find a creative solution for a promotional video that will appeal to potential supporters as a fund raising tool, but also would stay true to the reality of asylum seekers and their supporters at ASRC.

One of the most important aspects were the directorial discussions with the asylum seeker team, to make sure the video will hit the right tone, represent asylum seekers reality well, while being slick enough for a virtual tour/ campaigning/ fundraising tool.
Interesting debates around political representation, the spin of ‘authenticity’… – an amazing cross-cultural collaboration, we can’t wait to get started on the bigger campaign!

Partners
Australia Council for the ArtsIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityRegional Arts AustraliaTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media Reframing Culture Regional Arts Australia 20122012 October - Goolwa SA
Films Produced
Reframing Culture - PLAY FILMReframing Culture - Trailer - PLAY FILM

Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website and associated video links contain images and voices of people who have died.

The Change Media team traveled to Goolwa for the 2012 ‘Kumuwuki/ Big Wave’ Regional Arts Australia conference to produce a series of short, collaborative documentaries during a four day workshop with the Ngarrindjeri Media Team.

The Kumuwuki conference was held over four days in Goolwa to showcase various presentations from artists across Australia. Change Media’s presentations focused on indigenous media literacy and the power of storytelling in a modern and increasingly digitized world. For the workshops, titled ‘Surfing on Country – Surfing on Culture’ [which was a nod to the Kumuwuki/ Big Wave theme of the conference], our Artistic Director, Jennifer, came up with the concept of using a colonial frame.

The team used this storytelling device to invite Ngarrindjeri Elders and conference participants to come up with ideas and creative visions to re-frame Australia’s colonial mindset. A great prop to get people thinking and talking, and to engage in an artistic and political discussion about how we can best re-frame the argument together, as part of a push for reconciliation…

The team received huge applause at each screening and lots of fabulous comments during the conference, often hollered across the streets in Goolwa – we believe our concept of feeding work straight back into the conference was a great success, even though at the cost of 3 sleepless nights, to have a 5min film ready for the conference key note each morning at 9am. The week after the conference, the completed three short films have now been combined into one 18-min documentary, ‘Reframing Culture’.

Partners
Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeChange MediaCountry Arts SAIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport
Ngarrindjeri Projection Masterclass2012 October - Hindmarsh Island SA
Films Produced
Ngarrindjeri Projection Masterclass - PLAY FILM

As a precursor to the Kumuwuki Big Wave festival, Craig Walsh and Country Arts SA held a projection masterclass in Goolwa with Ngarrindjeri participants. The masterclass explored the importance of context and space, and the meaning and context an artwork shares with its environment. Change Media were invited along to document the masterclass and develop a piece of digital media to be projected at the Regional Arts Australia festival.

Participants shared their experiences using the medium of projection art, and their experiences of person and place. The short documentary showcases the fun and adaptability of the medium, with a uniquely Ngarrindjeri perspective.

Partners
Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeLeeton Shire Council Bidgee BingeTallstoreez ProductionzWestern Riverina Arts
Leeton Shire Anti-Binge Drinking Campaign 12012 September - Leeton Shire NSW
Films Produced
Don't Be That Guy - 90 Second version - PLAY FILMDon't Be That Guy - TVC - PLAY FILMDon't Be That Guy - Behind the Scenes - PLAY FILM

The Change Media team traveled to Leeton Shire for a collaborative workshop about binge drinking, as part of the Leeton Shire Council’s Bidgee Binge campaign, supported by the Australian Government. The aim for the 4-day workshop was to co-create a 45-sec TV commercial with 15 young people from the region, to raise awareness about the issues around excessive alcohol consumption.

During part 1 of this 2-year collaboration, we worked with 15 participants aged 12-16 years] to develop a creative concept for a effective TV commercial, including an engaging narrative, catch phrase / slogans,  storyboards and visual style. All participants trained in acting techniques, basic camera work, screen language, editing, and were part of  running and managing a professional shoot alongside our Change Media crew. We used our new Canon 5D Markiii HDSLR kit for the first time, with amazing cinematic results. And on top of that, the behind-the-scenes documentary was mostly shot by three 12-year old participants, who had a keen eye for bloopers!

We went through an amazing process with the youth team, looking at the best examples of alcohol-awareness videos globally, with the ambitious aim to match them during a 4-day workshop… The ongoing discussions on what binge drinking is, how it affects people and why people do it, was an incredible experience to be part of. The team co-created all aspects of the narrative with us and went through enormous efforts during a full day shoot of 30-odd scene set ups. We were very impressed with the professionalism of the teenagers – thanks again for sharing! We recorded some of the contributions during interviews and daily feedback sessions, as part of our performative evaluation, check out the amazing ‘Don’t be That Guy – behind-the-scenes’ documentary!

Partners
Asylum Seeker Resource CentreAustralia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeOurCommunityTallstoreez ProductionzVictorian College for the Arts Centre for Cultural Partnerships
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre media training 12012 August - Melbourne VIC
Films Produced
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Virtual Tour - PLAY FILM

The Change Media team ran the first collaborative workshop in Melbourne with members and volunteers from the ASRC (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre). The 2-day workshop, focused on creating a virtual tour to show off the incredible work of the ASRC and to raise much needed funds and awareness.
The workshop forms part of an ongoing two year collaborative effort to debunk the myths surrounding asylum seekers and to create powerful media messages for TV, internet and/or video projection art. The Change Media team will skill up members and volunteers at the ASRC, to support them to create a self sustaining media hub as a resource for asylum seekers to have a voice in the digital age.

Participants collaborated with us on the overall concept of a virtual tour video for ASRC and trained in basic and advanced camera techniques using the latest in HDSLR cinematography, screen language, editing, uploading to web and be exposed to running and managing productions, budgets, shoots and crews.
We also developed an overview of the 2-year co-creative process to produce a creative campaign to support asylum seekers in Australia.

Training of participants (members and volunteers at the ASRC) is a strong focus of this collaboration, the main goal after two years being that the ASRC has a fully functional media team.
The project also has a strong emphasis on delivery of practical artistic outcomes, with a virtual tour of ASRC being the first video, along with a set of peer-training tools as well as a host of creatively driven video messages to debunk the myths surrounding Asylum Seekers in Australia.

Partners
Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeDepartment for Communities and Social Inclusion – Disability ServicesOurCommunityStrathmont Centre communityTallstoreez Productionz
Strathmont disability arts - A Life Well Lived2012 August - Strathmont SA
Films Produced
A Life Well Lived - PLAY FILMA Life Well Lived - Trailer - PLAY FILM

The Change Media team ran a series of workshops with residents and staff at the Strathmont Centre, documenting the process, challenges and improvements as people are moving out of institutional care into houses in the community.
During the collaborative production in Adelaide, Strathmont Centre, Salisbury and Elizabeth, Strathmont residents and staff members of the Disability Services also learned skills in film narrative, interview and editing techniques.

Our team in collaboration with staff and community members produced a unique person-centred documentary with people living with intellectual disabilities. What does it take to shut down an institution and move its residents into community care facilities? Will they be better off in their brand new community house?

The resulting 22-min community documentary is a great discussion starter for anyone working in or interested in supporting for people living with intellectual disabilities.
The DVD was officially launched at the national ‘Stronger Together’ disability conference in Adelaide, August 14-15, 2012.

headspace youth media training - three films
Ngarrindjeri Media - Yarluwar Ruwe Partnership
Strathmont disability arts - digital storytelling
Ngarrindjeri Media Working on Country Forum edit
Ngarrindjeri Media - Indigenous Working on Country Forum
Health & Arts Research Centre media training
Partners
Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeNorthern Sound System ElizabethOurCommunityTallstoreez Productionzheadspace
headspace youth media training - three films2012 July - Elizabeth SA
Films Produced
Get Confidence - PLAY FILMHopes and Fears - PLAY FILMMental Health Man - PLAY FILM

As part of our A Penny For Your Thoughts initiative, Tallstoreez’ Change Media worked with up 15 youth participants, during a hands-on 2-day workshop at the Northern Sound System. Participants include staff from the Adelaide Northern headspace office in Edinburgh North, Youth Advisory Council members and young people dealing with social problems and mental health issues. The aim was to engage with the Change Media co-creative production and training methodology, including a basic intro to equipment and digital media narratives and how to create relevant digital media art works to raise awareness for mental health for young people.

All participants trained hands-on in no-nonsense video techniques, including HD camera and sound work on Day 1, a strong focus on recording interviews on Day 2 and how to build engaging narratives, create video messages and artistic documentations.

On the second day the group reviewed their footage and discussed improvements and changes for their second attempt at interviewing and developing story structures.

Topics included: interview techniques training and tips how to structure a story in 5 key points.
Special focus was given to cross-cultural process and equitable negotiations, the push for excellence as a political necessity especially in community youth arts. We demonstrated examples from our latest creative laboratories with Bell Shakespeare, Indigenous and refugee communities, to develop innovative strategies to craft messages and how to best use digital media for CACD work and social justice campaigns.

Partners
Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeIndigenous Coordination Centre SAIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media - Yarluwar Ruwe Partnership2012 June - Camp Coorong SA
Films Produced
Ngarrindjeri Yarluwar Ruwe - PLAY FILM

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The Change Media Team was commissioned by the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority to document the ceremonies for the Ngarrindjeri Yarluwar Ruwe Partnership Program held on June 7 2012.
Our team conducted interviews with SA Government Minister Caica, Associate Professor Daryle Rigney, Dean of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement, Flinders University and Chair of the Ngarrindjeri Enterprises Pty Ltd.

Additional interviews including Ellen Trevorrow, Simone Ulalka Tur and Steve Hemming, Australian Studies Flinders University. Chair of Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority Research, Policy and Planning Unit.

Partners
Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeDepartment for Communities and Social Inclusion – Disability ServicesStrathmont Centre communityTallstoreez Productionz
Strathmont disability arts - digital storytelling2012 May - Strathmont SA

The Change Media team delivered a hands-on workshop with clients and support workers and management staff at the Strathmont Centre for people living with intellectual disability in South Australia.
During the training day on May 21 at Strathmont, clients and staff members of the Disability Services learned skills in film narrative, interview recording and instant video-making techniques using Apple’s Photobooth and iMovie. They learnt how to use iMacs and Probooks’ inbuilt web cameras to record photos and video, apply filters and edit their creations into short films.

This workshop formed part of the ongoing documentary production, following the process, challenges and improvements as clients are moving out of institutional care into houses in the community.

The Change Media team introduced our methodology and showed examples of past projects, including Pinnaroo Surfer, 10×14 Bricks – Stories from youth in lock-up trailer and 10×14 Bricks My Crib – Shane’s story.
The 14 participants, 11 support staff and managers and 3 clients, learned hands-on with HDV cameras, how to set up gear, handheld and tripod work, how to record good interviews, including sound, framing and lighting.

Partners
Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeIndigenous Coordination Centre SAIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityNgarrindjeri Ruwe ContractingNgopamuldi Aboriginal CorporationTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media Working on Country Forum edit2012 May - Camp Coorong SA
Films Produced
Working On Country Forum 2012 - PLAY FILM

The Change Media Team ran a 4-day workshop with 6 Ngarrindjeri Working on Country and Heritage Rangers to edit the documentation of the inaugural Indigenous rangers Working on Country Forum, held in April 16-20 2012.
During the 4-day post-production workshop, the Ngarrindjeri rangers trained in how to media manage footage, create a relevant and engaging story line from multiple events and edit them into a 10-minute video. The workshop also covered basics in post production workflow.

The team also created s new peer-produced training video, that will form part of our Indigenous Media Training online resource and will be uploaded by end of May 2012 on our online training tool kit.

The edit workshop enabled the Ngarrindjeri team to use latest technology in digital video production, working with SD card HD cameras and record instant training videos about their newly learned skills.

As a result of the successful edit – the Department of Sustainability was thrilled with the documentary and wants to show it to the Minister!!! – the team is now discussing to take part in Uncle Moogy’s trip to Sydney end of May, to launch the Yuki [the bark canoe] on the Darling Harbour as part of an Indigenous water craft forum held at the Australian Maritime Museum May 30-June 1.
We are also negotiating with the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority to invest into professional equipment for the three teams in Murray Bridge, Meningie and Raukkan, to fast track the Ngarrindjeri trainees and enable them to access high-end gear on a weekly basis.

Partners
Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeAustralian Landscape TrustDepartment of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and CommunitiesIndigenous Coordination Centre SAIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityNgarrindjeri Ruwe ContractingNgopamuldi Aboriginal CorporationTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media - Indigenous Working on Country Forum2012 May - Calperum SA
Films Produced
Working On Country Forum 2012 - PLAY FILM

The Change Media team spent five days at the end of April at the inaugural southern Working on Country Forum at Calperum Station just outside of Renmark, SA. The Forum was a national meeting of minds for Indigenous rangers to improve their skills and to make (or maintain) national relationships. Over 120 rangers from SA, NSW, TAS and VIC, gathered to learn about the unique challenges faced by their counterparts, with significance to traditional culture and maintaining our lands and waters.

Change Media was there to document every step of the way, from canoeing, quad bike safety, water quality monitoring, to basket weaving and digital media workshops, and you couldn’t turn a corner at Calperum Station, without seeing the roving media teams gathering pixels.
During the 5-day production the Ngarrindjeri media team trainees learned how to document a major event and take supporting roles in two hands-on training workshops.
They learned advanced skills in film narrative, interview, camera and event coverage techniques.

Change Media founders Jennifer Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell ran two 3-hour workshops during the five-day event, to demonstrate hands-on how the rangers and their organizations can use digital media and set-up small media initiatives in their communities. It became clear to the participants they can share important stories and knowledge for future generations, with some excited rangers even rallying for funding to start their own productions!

Meanwhile, the Change Media trainers and Ngarrindjeri media trainees managed the pressure of covering an event, (dozens of parallel activities you can only shoot once, noisy generators, and sand in your camera’s focus wheel, to name a few!). To increase the challenge, the team also agreed to shoot and collate footage for the Department of Sustainability media kit, (including interviews, overlay and photos) to be delivered midway through the forum.

Partners
Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeHealth and Research CentreTallstoreez Productionz
Health & Arts Research Centre media training2012 April - Sydney NSW

Tallstoreez’ Change Media worked with 12 participants, aged 14-63, during a hands-on 2-day workshop at the Sydney North Shore Hospital. Participants included director and staff from the Health and Arts Research Centre, HARC, Glebe community development workers, Burundi community members with refugee background and people living with mental health issues. All engaged with the Change Media production and training methodology, which included a basic intro to equipment and digital media narratives and how to create relevant digital media art works.

All participants trained hands-on in no-nonsense video techniques, including HD camera and sound work on Day 1, a strong focus on recording interviews on Day 2 and how to build engaging narratives, create video messages and artistic documentations. Three main project proposals were developed, alongside mentoring for several individual concepts.

We also developed a scope for a larger partnership with the Health and Arts Research Centre, to create art with people living with dementia, as part of a long term research project. We started to develop creative concepts to support survivors of involuntary ElectroConvulsiveTherapy, ECT, in finding creative ways to address issues around memory loss, the injustice experienced and ways to connect to other electroshock survivors and advocate for changes in the mental health system.

In feedback sessions during both days – from initial expectations, to how the process worked and what possible future collaborations may bring – we discussed our process, costs, time frames and how to engage communities.

The feedback was enthusiastic throughout, people reported that they learned new and relevant skills, confronted and overcame fear of technology and made new connections. Especially moving was the feedback for our ways of challenging perceptions and representations of ‘other’ and life-changing moments for some participants as they developed new ways to cope creatively with very difficult mental health issues. The team decided to meet again with the next 4 weeks and was very interested to run more workshops with us.

Ngarrindjeri Media - Ruwe Ngopamuldi Working on Country
Ngarrindjeri Media - Women’s Workshop
2011
The Perfect Refugee - Lab with Bell Shakespeare
The Perfect Refugee - How to Laugh in English
Australian Refugee Association media training
Partners
Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeIndigenous Coordination Centre SAIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Heritage CommitteeNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityNgarrindjeri Ruwe ContractingNgopamuldi Aboriginal CorporationTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media - Ruwe Ngopamuldi Working on Country2012 February - Raukkan SA
Films Produced
Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Ngopamuldi - Working on Country - PLAY FILMNgarrindjeri Nation Pitch - PLAY FILMChange Media Training: 5-Point Story Plan - Owen - PLAY FILMChange Media Training: Interview Tips - Owen - PLAY FILMChange Media Training: Using Storyboards - Owen - PLAY FILM

The Change Media Team conducted a 4-day workshop with 10 Ngarrindjeri Working on Country and Heritage Rangers at Camp Coorong and in Raukkan at the Ngopamuldi Aboriginal Corporation Raukkan Depot.
During the production in Raukkan and Camp Coorong near Meningie participants learned intermediate to advanced skills in film narrative, interview, camera and editing techniques.

The project covered storytelling and camera techniques, shooting on traditional heritage locations, interview and event coverage techniques and editing. The resulting short film is a follow up on last years’ Ngarrindjeri Ruwe – Working On Country, and is available online and will be used by NRC staff to present at the inaugural Indigenous rangers conference in Renmark, April 2012, and for training, recruiting and PR. This project built on the success of the workshops in the last two years.

We have retained several young members from our first groups at Camp Coorong, Meningie, and Moogy’s Yuki in Millicent/Murray Bridge, while gaining new participants from Raukkan, Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge. All of the team have recorded their own training videos and had hands-on task during the production, including production skills ranging from organizing the shoots, securing interviews with elders and representatives, storytelling, creating digital storyboards, presenting on screen, camera and sound work, uploading and file management, to editing and music production.

Partners
Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeIndigenous Coordination Centre SAIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media - Women’s Workshop2012 February - Camp Coorong SA

The Change Media Team conducted 4x 1-day workshops with 10 Ngarrindjeri women at the Ngarrindjeri Land and Progress Association.
During the introduction workshop at Camp Coorong, community members learned basic skills in film narrative and camera techniques.

The team worked on several peer-produced training videos and documentaries, that will form part of our Indigenous Media Training online resource.

The project covered storytelling and camera techniques. The participants reviewed the rough cut edits currently in post production, which were on hold after one the team leaders suffered an aneurism [she is in recovery now]. The review enabled the team to provide feedback and suggestions for the scope and vision of the overall project.

We ran this workshop after receiving strong expressions of interest from Ngarrindjeri women and their elder, Ellen Trevorrow, to learn basic digital media skills and be able to record their cultural practices on their own.

Partners
2011 Year Marker2011 December -
Partners
Asylum Seeker Resource CentreAustralia Council for the ArtsBell Shakespeare Company – Mind’s EyeCorridor Project CowraService for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors
The Perfect Refugee - Lab with Bell Shakespeare2011 December - Cowra NSW
Films Produced
The Perfect Refugee - Cowra Showreel - PLAY FILMThe Perfect Refugee - Cure Hunters - PLAY FILMThe Perfect Refugee - Labels - PLAY FILMThe Perfect Refugee - Sir Thomas More - PLAY FILMThe Perfect Refugee - The Ad Agency - PLAY FILMThe Perfect Refugee - Yomal's Movie Moments - PLAY FILM

   It is said Shakespeare speaks to the core of the human condition, but what role does ‘Shakespearience’ play for young refugees far from home, war and their own influential storytellers and cultural heritage? This 3-year project provides a framework for them to create their own stories, engaging with a Shakespearean filter.

   Tallstoreez’ Change Media and Bell Shakespeare Company have collaborated with a selection of artists from recent refugee / asylum seeker backgrounds, and explored the creation of a cutting edge inter-artwork that speaks to the global issues of forced migration.
Located at the Corridor Project near Cowra, this laboratory trained all 18 participants in digital media while developing creative responses to the current refugee debate through Shakespeare and Shakespearean equivalents from other cultures. We explored what unites and divides us in a rapidly changing world. Forced migration means millions of people are displaced to somewhere else. This global phenomenon affects us all. How do we live and share these stories? What is our vision for the future?

Our key aim for this collaboration was to develop a high quality multi-art project in collaboration with Bell and various artists and mentors, most of whom have been refugees, to creatively re-frame the public discussion about refugee issues. It is in our interests that everyone collaborating in the Cowra lab has this as their core aim, and we will do everything possible to establish an inspiring, creative container to explore these ideas.

During the first stage of the project, we created a series of viral mock ads, short dramas, comedies and mini-documentaries, by exploring fun/ innovative/ disruptive ways to engage the public in the debate. The short films form part of a performance work that we are developing with all participants and partners, with the aim to develop a major cross-arts performance work by 2013-14 for national presentation.

Partners
Australia Council for the ArtsAustralian Refugee Association IncBell Shakespeare CompanyButhanese Community Association SA IncTallstoreez ProductionzVictorian College for the Arts Centre for Cultural Partnerships
The Perfect Refugee - How to Laugh in English2011 July - SA
Films Produced
The Perfect Refugee - How to Laugh in English - PLAY FILMChange Media Training: Z1 Camera - Damber - PLAY FILMChange Media Training: Z1 Camera - Kangimo - PLAY FILM

   Change Media worked with 13 new arrivals and young refugees from Buthan and several African countries as well as Australian Refugee Association staff over 2 days, to continue training in film narratives, interview techniques and digital media skills as part of our 3-year multi-arts project, The Perfect Refugee.

   During the 2 days, the participants engaged in comedy concepts and developed ideas for several projects.
Each team pitched their ideas as 5-point story plan. They also started creating their own digital storyboards and continued intermediate camera and interview training. Ideas presented included: How to Laugh in English?, Racist Car and Love Story Music Video.

   The participants worked on their main project ‘How To Laugh In English’. They used Image Creation techniques they’d learned at the Forum Theatre workshop in May 2011. They continued to work on their own digital storyboards for their individual films. The team also improved their camera work on HDV Sony Z1 cameras and started post production training on Final Cut 7.

Partners
Australia Council for the ArtsAustralian Refugee Association IncBell Shakespeare CompanyButhanese Community Association SA IncTallstoreez ProductionzVictorian College for the Arts Centre for Cultural Partnerships
Australian Refugee Association media training2011 June - Adelaide SA

Change Media worked  with 16 new arrivals and young refugees from Buthan and several African countries as well as Australian Refugee Association staff over 2 days, to continue training in film narratives, interview techniques and digital media skills as part of our 3-year multi-arts project The Perfect Refugee.

During the 2 days, the participants engaged in comedy concepts and developed ideas for several projects.
Each team pitched their ideas as 5-point story plan. They also started creating their own digital storyboards and continued intermediate camera and interview training. Ideas presented included: How to Laugh in English?, Racist Car and Love Story Music Video.

Ngarrindjeri Media Ruwe - Working on Country
The Perfect Refugee - Theatre Games
Change Media Showreel 2008-2010
2010
Christie Walk - a piece of ecocity
Ngarrindjeri Media - Moogy’s Yuki
Partners
Arts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Heritage CommitteeNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Regional AuthorityNgarrindjeri Ruwe ContractingNgopamuldi Aboriginal CorporationTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media Ruwe - Working on Country2011 June - Murray Bridge SA
Films Produced
Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Working On Country - PLAY FILMChange Media training: 5-point story plan - Chris - PLAY FILMChange Media Training: 5-Point Story Plan - Owen - PLAY FILM

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The Change Media Team conducted 4x 1-day workshops with Ngarrindjeri Caring For Country and Heritage Rangers at the Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Contracting Depot.
During the production in Murray Bridge, Raukkan and Meningie members of the Ngarrindjeri Ruwe and the Raukkan Caring for Country organizations learned skills in film narrative, interview and editing techniques.

The project covered storytelling and camera techniques, shooting on traditional heritage locations, interview and event coverage techniques and editing. The resulting 10min film, Ngarrindjeri Ruwe – Working On Country, is available online and will be used by NRC staff for training, recruiting and PR. This project built on the success of the workshops in the last two years.

The NRC and its Heritage Rangers employed on a long-term contract have agreed to setting up a micro business and utilizing digital media as part of their everyday work. Already their rangers and Caring For Country workers are using GPS-enabled ‘Cyber-Trackers’ to map and track sites, re-vegetation efforts and link it with traditional knowledge. Recording knowledge by interviewing their elders will form part of the essential training over the next year.

Partners
Arts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsAustralian Refugee Association IncBell Shakespeare CompanyTallstoreez ProductionzVictorian College for the Arts Centre for Cultural Partnerships
The Perfect Refugee - Theatre Games2011 May - Carclew SA
Films Produced
Theatre Games - Bears and Tree Planters - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Blind Buses - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Blind Cars Trust Game - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Blind Sculpting - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Boxing - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Clapping in Time - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Energy Ball - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Fox and Rabbit - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Glass Bottle - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Human Bowling Alley - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Leading Hands - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Images of a Struggle - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Leading Noises - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Sculpting - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - The Plate - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - The Protector - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - The Talking Ring - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - West Side Story - PLAY FILMTheatre Games - Sword Leader - PLAY FILMThe Perfect Refugee - Forum Theatre - Showreel - PLAY FILM

   Change Media worked with acclaimed director, actor, filmmaker and social animateur,  Shahin Shafaei, and 18 young migrants, to create new work as part of a long term project. The forum theater workshop ran over 4 days, and mixed theater and acting techniques with digital media skills, to prepare for a 3-year multi-arts project , The Perfect Refugee.

   This Change Media project aims to build the creative foundations for an exciting and innovative collaboration with young migrants and Bell Shakespeare in South Australia. The training covered forum theater, image creation and screen narratives, storytelling, interview and reenactment techniques and documentary shooting. The team also recorded some of the behind-the-scenes documentations.

   We were excited to work with Shahin Shafaei [Through the Wires; From Bagdad to the Burbs] to kick start our newest creative challenge for the community arts and cultural development sector – to create high profile work that bring mainstream art and marginalized communities together to explore the ruptures of our society and our mythologies around refugees, racism and integration through a classical lens: Shakespeare In Times Of Crisis – The Perfect Refugee…

Partners
Arts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsAustralian Refugee Association IncIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportTallstoreez Productionz
Change Media Showreel 2008-20102011 March - Various SA
Films Produced
Change Media Show Reel 2008-2010 - PLAY FILM

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  Our new Change Media 2008-2010 show reel for our Australia Council CCPI submission and Arts SA’s CAD submission is ready.
We have tailored the documentation to speak directly to our current proposal to the Community Arts Development at Arts SA and to Australia Council’s Creative Community Partnerships Initiative. And as of May 2011, we have been successful with the CCPI application and received funding for our 3-year program!

We have tailored the show reel to speak directly to our proposal to the Australia Council’s Creative Community Partnerships Initiative and Arts SA’s Community Arts Development funding. The 15min video features excerpts from our work with young refugees from the Buthanese and African communities in Adelaide, creating powerful documentaries for cultural transmission with Indigenous communities across South East SA and a variety of fun projects we have conducted nationally.

Partners
2010 Year Marker2010 December -
Partners
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management BoardArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesCSR HebelTallstoreez ProductionzUrban Ecology Australia
Christie Walk - a piece of ecocity2010 November - Adelaide SA
Films Produced
Christie Walk - a piece of ecocity - PLAY FILMChristie Walk - A Closer Look - PLAY FILM

Change Media worked with members of the Christie Walk eco-housing project and Urban Ecology Australia to document and produce an exceptional  resource about Christie Walk as an example of sustainable urban development.
Over 4 days Change Media delivered training in digital media and created two inspiring documentaries about one of the only inner-city eco-housing projects in the world.

During the production in Adelaide’s CBD members of the Christie Walk community, alongside experts from Urban Ecology Australia involved in creating Christie Walk, shared their insights into sustainability, biodiversity and community living, and learned skills in film narrative, conducted interviews and took part in the editing. The result is an inspiring educational resource about one of Australia’s leading eco-housing initiatives.

The project was an overwhelming success. The team collected over 15 hours of fantastic footage, photos and interviews, and together with the community decided to make two different films instead of one: a 10 minute promotional short documentary and a 35-min educational documentary following two resident hosts on their guided visitor-tour through the project as they guide a tour group through the project.
Besides taking part in the production, the workshop participants learned skills in media literacy, production management, screen language and visual representation of ecological issues. The educational sustainability resource DVD featuring both films will be available in January 2011 in our online shop and at Urban Ecology Australia.

Partners
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management BoardArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesCSR HebelTallstoreez ProductionzUrban Ecology Australia
Ngarrindjeri Media - Moogy’s Yuki2010 July - Kalangadoo SA
Films Produced
Moogy's Yuki - PLAY FILMMoogy's Yuki (Moogy's Canoe) - trailer - PLAY FILMRiver Redgum Restoration - PLAY FILM

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Change Media worked with Ngarrindjeri Elder Major Moogy Sumner to document the making of the first traditional Ngarrindjeri / Boandik tree canoe on Boandik country in over 100 years. This evocative documentary is part of an educational River Redgum DVD combining Caring for Country best practice with transmission of traditional culture.

During the production in Kalangadoo [Big Trees in Water] and Millicent members of the Tal-Kin-Jeri group, Indigenous students and community members from across South East SA learned skills in film narrative, interview & editing techniques and experienced a once-in-a-lifetime event.

This project built on the success of the first workshop in May 2010. The peer-produced content will form part of the educational Caring For Country resource DVD, available in September 2010 in our online shop.

Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner has won a Hero Award at the 2010 MyHero International Film Festival, as well as the 2nd Prize for Moogy’s Yuki in the community film category, selected from hundreds of entries worldwide. The South East Natural Resources Management Board is supporting Moogy and Cyril to fly over to Los Angeles to represent the project at the awards ceremonies on November 19th and 20th. Congratulations!

The canoe along with the DVD is on display in Millicent and Mt. Gambier and at the OurMob exhibition, Adelaide Festival Centre. The Age and local WIN TV ran stories about the project and we will present the final documentary to ABC or NITV for broadcast.

The challenge this session was to shoot and edit a documentary for the South East Natural Resource Management Board, including traditional cultural knowledge about caring for river red gums, making a traditional Ngarrindjeri bark canoe. During the second part of the project, we focused on documentation techniques and the educational narrative after the bark was taken off the tree. Ngarrindjeri Elder Major Moogy Sumner demonstrated how to prepare the canoe, spear-making techniques and then launched the historic Ngarrindjeri bark canoe.

Unley youth video workshop - World in My Eyes
Gumala Aboriginal Corporation workshop - Marlpa Holiday
Ngarrindjeri Media - Recording Culture in Millicent
Ngarrindjeri Media - Murrundi Ringbalin edit training
Ngarrindjeri Media - Murrundi Ringbalin doco training
ArtGate – a Xcolonial collaboration
Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsKiranari SchoolSt Raphael’s Primary SchoolTallstoreez ProductionzThe City of UnleyUnley High SchoolUnley Primary School
Unley youth video workshop - World in My Eyes2010 June - Unley SA
Films Produced
Unley Witch Project - PLAY FILMUnley In The Eyes Of The Unlians - PLAY FILMUnley - Sanctuary - PLAY FILMThe Chase - PLAY FILMPerspectives of Unley - PLAY FILMInvisible Sports 1 & 2 - PLAY FILM

   The Change Media Team ran 2x 1-day video production workshops with young people in the Unley district at the Fullarton Park Centre on June 20th and 27th 2010.
    The participants developed digital media and film making skills and produce 6 short film and dozens of interviews.
The “Unley – World In My Eyes” films are a quirky expression on how young people perceive their council area. The workshops supported them to learn digital media skills, from storyboarding, to camera work, sound recording and editing and enabled them to record their experiences about living in Unley.

   The Change Media team supported the participants to make an edit-in-camera film at the first workshop. The participants had the task during the following week to record additional footage using their own hand held video cameras / video enabled phones. The second 1-day workshop enabled them to learn basic editing and digital media workflow using the footage shot during the week and at the first workshop.

   Change Media empowered the participants to create relevant snapshots of their life in Unley and its inhabitants. These stories encompass all ages and different cultural backgrounds. Change Media encourages participants to use popular culture references, mixed with the local environment, youthful ingenuity and lots of humour, as this often is a fantastic recipe for a successful empowerment campaign, to engage audiences in the subject matter.

The workshop brief was developed in consultation with the Unley City Council staff, to ensure it was suitable for the community and fit in with the community cultural development plan and to would improve relevance for the end users. The film concepts, video production and presentation were creatively driven and produced by the participants, under the guidance of the Change Media facilitators. The creative approach used satire, documentary and drama techniques and invited reflections from the participants, which also included teamwork, re-enactments and dramatizations.

Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsGumala Aboriginal CorporationOffice for Crime Prevention WATallstoreez ProductionzTom Price Community Arts & Culture Centre
Gumala Aboriginal Corporation workshop - Marlpa Holiday2010 June - Gumala Aboriginal Corporation WA
Films Produced
Marlpa Holiday - PLAY FILMRecording My Elders - PLAY FILMChange Media Training: Sony A1 camera - Pam - PLAY FILMChange Media Training: tripod setup - Pam - PLAY FILMChange Media Training: uploading footage - Pam - PLAY FILM

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   The Change Media Team worked with the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation in Tom Price to train local Indigenous youth and community leaders in film narratives, interview techniques, editing and digital media management and create a peer-produced DVD about issues of juvenile justice for Indigenous youth in the Pilbara region.

   The production covered an introduction to screen narratives, storytelling for social issues, editing & file management and basic interview, shooting and editing techniques. The participants came up with strong story concepts and are keen to continue to make films. The workshop was the first of 2 projects as part of our 2-year community partnership with the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation in 2010-2011.

   The challenge this session was to create engaging stories that raise awareness about issues of juvenile justice, drug and alcohol abuse, faced by young Indigenous living in Tom Price and the Pilbara area. The workshop focused on short innovative story techniques, fun camera and sound work, and editing and music production. Each team member worked together producing two films, recorded several interviews and training tools. They planned, researched, scripted and conducted several shoots and took part of the edit. At the rough cut viewing in the Tom Price Arts and Culture Centre, the Gumala representatives were impressed with the outcomes and discussed the potential for future media work for the participants through the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation.

   The workshop was the introduction to a 2-year project planned for 2010-2011, to skill up the local community, Indigenous support staff in the use of digital media and create a series of peer-produced DVD resources. During the workshop the participants also identified the need to record their Elders in their community of Bellary Springs, about 40ks out of Tom Price. The team managed to learn essential interview and editing skills and edited their own and their elders interviews during the workshop. They are now keen to continue their training with the aim to train other other communities in remote WA and build media archives to record traditional knowledge.

Partners
Aboriginal Sobriety GroupAppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership InitiativeIndigenous Coordination Centre SAIndigenous Cultural SupportMillicent High SchoolSouth East Aboriginal Focus GroupSouth East Natural Resource Management BoardTal-Kin-Jeri Performance groupTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media - Recording Culture in Millicent2010 May - Millicent SA
Films Produced
Recording Culture - PLAY FILM

   The Change Media Team conducted a production workshop with members of the Tal-Kin-Jeri performance group,  Indigenous students and community members from across South East SA to train them in film narratives, interview techniques, editing and media management. The aim was to educate students alongside the production of a DVD about River Red Gum Care, which documents the technique of making a traditional Ngarrindjeri bark canoe by Ngarrindjeri Elder Major Sumner.

   The project covered an introduction to working with a client on location, intermediate interview and event coverage techniques and editing. The peer-produced content [the peer-produced film Recording Culture and photo slide show] will form part of the educational Caring For Country River Redgum resource called Moogy’s Yuki, to be delivered August 2010.

   The challenge this session was to shoot and edit a documentary for the South East Natural Resource Management Board, including traditional cultural knowledge of the caring for rivergum trees, making a traditional Ngarrindjeri canoe and shield out of bark, let by Ngarrindjeri Elder Major Sumner. After a great introduction day with over 20 participants, we focused on documentation techniques and educational narrative. Each team member conducted interviews and was part of the canoe-making shoot.

   The biggest challenge was to be alert all day and have the cameras ready when the canoe finally came off the tree. The whole team was excited, the youth members were shooting incredible photos and the event became more like a community happening – just as Major Sumner said it would have been  in the old days, when western time restrains didn’t matter. After a long days work the canoe came down intact, the Change Media team shot over 20 hours of footage, including interviews with 3 generations of Ngarrindjeri participants, environmental and archeological experts and also recorded footage of the local environment and Penola Conservation Park, to highlight how the South East coastal area would have looked like in pre-colonial times.

   The editing workshop had to be reduced to a one day introduction, due to the extended shooting days, but we managed to go through basic video editing and music production – and the team had a look at their footage, to see if it all worked out. All in all this production rates as one of our best projects, though we dearly missed our Ngarrindjeri Media Team members from Meningie and Camp Coorong, who couldn’t attend as their team leader is still in hospital.

Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsIndigenous Coordination Centre SAIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Ruwe ContractingTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media - Murrundi Ringbalin edit training2010 May - Coorong SA

   Change Media ran the fifth production workshop with the Ngarrindjeri Media Team to continue their training in film narratives, interview techniques, editing and train-the-trainer methodology. The workshop focused on the editing of the Murrundi Ruwe Pangari Ringbalin ceremonies, shooting of pick-up and and production of training tutorials.

   The training covered editing of multi-camera footage, shooting pick-ups on location, conducting interviews and creating peer-training video manuals. New team members entered the team and participated in a peer-training introduction to camera and editing basics. The shooting of pick-ups for the Murrundi documentary took place at the Murray River barrages and in Meningie.

   The team’s challenge for this session was to continue the edit of the ambitious river ceremony and water crisis documentary. They also had to train new members and create bite-sized, hands-on peer-learning tutorials, to share their skills and demonstrate their acquired skills. As a direct result of our collaboration, one of the participants has now commenced a part time position as media officer for the RUWE Ngarrindjeri Resource Corporation to document their Caring For Country processes. Her role as media officer will also support her to continue to train with Change Media over the coming years.

Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsIndigenous Coordination Centre SAIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Ruwe ContractingTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media - Murrundi Ringbalin doco training2010 April - Meningie SA

   Change Media ran the fourth production workshop with the newly formed Ngarrindjeri Media Team to continue their training in film narratives, interview techniques, editing and train-the-trainer methodology. The workshop documented some of the Murrundi Ruwe Pangari Ringbalin ceremonies, from Wentworth, NSW, down the Murray River to Meningie and the Coorong in South Australia.

   The training covered shooting on location, conducting interviews and documenting night performances following the Murrundi dancers during the 3 ceremonies in Wentworth, where the Darling and the Murray meet in South West NSW, to Murray Bridge, SA and Meningie at the Mouth of the River Murray. The team also created additional content for the prototype Change Media Indigenous digital media training resource, to be delivered July 2010.

   The team’s challenge for this session was to conduct night shoots, documenting the Murrundi Ruwe Pangari Ringbalin river spirit ceremonies, and produce a follow up documentary on last years success Nukkan.Kungun.Yunnan. Their final film includes traditional cultural knowledge of the environment and caring for the river and lake system; the additional editing workshop will focus on documentation techniques, final narrative, editing and delivery.

The Ngarrindjeri Media Team continue to work on their peer-produced films between the workshops.
It was an amazing and challenging journey for the whole team, over 1000km in 4 days, non-stop production from 8am to 10pm, three night shoots to document the performances under very difficult conditions. The ceremonies were only lit by small camp fires [in Wentworth and Murray Bridge] and the Ngarrindjeri camera team had to compete for the best shots with 2 other, external film teams, hired by the Murray Darling Basin Authority to produce a community engagement documentary and photo archive. The other teams were nice enough and ok to deal with, but it was an interesting challenge for the Ngarrindjeri’s to stand their ground and not get pushed aside.
Our team also tried their best not to impact on the dancers and keep a respectful distance – but this meant constantly to balance the respect for the traditional practice and the need to make a good film, where a wider audience could enjoy the ceremonies on DVD.

In Meningie the team found a great solution, they arranged for 4 big fires to be prepared, and this finally provided the necessary lighting.
The best outcome for us was that Change Media empowerment needs to focus more on producer’s training, to address power relationships, legals, negotiation and communications skills. More about this in our next newsletter in early June 2010.

Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsDarwin Community ArtsICE SydneyIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportTallstoreez ProductionzThe Edge BrisbanedLux Sydney
ArtGate – a Xcolonial collaboration2010 March - Clare SA

   The Change Media Team worked for 2 days with Mervin Jarman from the iStreetLab and the Container Project, to compare our art and community capacity building practice in Australia and Jamaica. The workshop was the first stop  of Mervin’s Australia tour over the coming weeks. The workshop was broadcast live via iStreet Radio, with listeners in New Jersey participating live thoughout all sessions.

   During the workshop we developed a long term project for 2010-2012, to create an international community arts exchange workshop program and interactive hard/software interface, a social archive and reference video manuals for marginalized communities worldwide, to enhance cross-cultural understanding and mutual respect. Project officers Wallace McKitrick and Davina Egege, from the Indigenous Coordination Centre SA [DEWHA], took part in the discussion on the second day, to provide feedback and add to the feasibility of the project, in terms of relevance for Indigenous communities in SA. Francesca Da Rimini offered her vast experience in international collaborative new media work as observer/adviser. Rohan Webb, iStreet Lab educator,  youth mentor and educational researcher, logged in as a participant remotely  from New Jersey, USA – he was there for all of both broadcasts…regardless of time zone difference!

   It was very refreshing to compare notes about both our projects with Mervin, and start immediately to collaborate on a new venture, that will combine Change Media methodology with iStreet Lab work in Jamaica and join up with Canadian artists Camiile Turner and Mike Steventon for the Canadian part of the triangle.

   The following text is from Mervin’s blog at istreetlab.ning.com:

   Tallstoreez/Change Media was host to discussions on the feasibility of developing a relevant and sustainable architecture for cross-cultural exchange. Carl and Jen of Change Media have been especially engaging in our examination of the broad scope of possibilities, potential challenges, risks, and social benefits. The discussions have been charged with high expectations, enthusiasm, and a profound sense of purpose. The context of the dialogue is based on the need to forge forward in demonstrating the relevance of our working art practices and the implications for community development. The central idea of how to make meaningful changes for both our communities is an enduring theme.

   Cross-cultural exchanges, we agreed, are a potent expression of the need to find commonality between and throughout our communities with an aim to reducing marginalization. Using our art in a socially conscious way to make a difference through incremental change is already occurring. However, we seek to amplify this by creating opportunities for learning and synergy. This in many ways has emerged as our overarching theme.

   This idea spawned conversations on a concept of expression through a “Xcolonial triangle” in which Canadian, Jamaican, and Australian marginalized/first nation communities work on developing a global village art interface (code name ‘Art Gate‘). Further discussion will ensue!!!

   Mike Steventon’s idea/work was also introduced in the discussions as I am collaborating with him on his work on OCIS – Open Interactive Collaborative Space, which he introduces to me and I immediately saw as a practical and relevant community resource.

   It was exciting to nut out a community development project that invites the mentors to take risks as artists, and share their creative energy as well as mentoring to build the project.

Australian Refugee Association - media training - Culture Shock
Ngarrindjeri Media - hybrid storytelling - Bush Tucker
2009
Ngarrindjeri Media - story training
Riverland Youth Theatre edit-in-camera
Ngarrindjeri Media - doco training - Camp Coorong Bushwalk
Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsAustralian Refugee Association IncCity of Port Adelaide EnfieldTallstoreez Productionz
Australian Refugee Association - media training - Culture Shock2010 March - Australian Refugee Association SA
Films Produced
Interview - Bikram - PLAY FILMInterview - AJ - PLAY FILMCulture Shock - PLAY FILMInterview - Bunam - PLAY FILMInterview - Chris - PLAY FILMInterview - Damber - PLAY FILMInterview - Devi - PLAY FILMInterview - Graick - PLAY FILMInterview - Kangimo - PLAY FILMInterview - Maxim - PLAY FILMInterview - Peter - PLAY FILMInterview - Priyanka - PLAY FILM

   Change Media worked with 15 new arrivals and young refugees as well as ARA / Pt. Adelaide Council staff over 4 days, to train them in film narratives, interview techniques and digital media skills. They created a peer-produced, fun documentary DVD about their lives and the challenges of coming to Australia: Culture Shock

   The training covered an introduction to screen narratives, file management and interview & reenactment techniques, documentary shooting and Final Cut editing skills. After an involved debate about the many issues faced by young refugees, the team (comprising of 15 young people from Kongo, Sudan, Bhutan, Belarus, Tanzania and Burundi) decided to use a mix of fun and serious examples of situations they were faced with as new arrivals. The team also created the original soundtrack in Garageband and recorded most of the behind-the-scenes documentations.

   The team managed to create engaging stories that raise awareness about issues faced by young refugees living in the Port Adelaide Enfield district and wider Adelaide area. The participants hadn’t worked as a team were able to produce one film together; everybody conducted several shoots, interviews and took part in the edit and music production. By the end of Day 4 the team finished a rough cut of a funny and engaging documentary about appropriate / inappropriate behaviors and other challenges. The whole team agreed on the changes they wanted for the fine cut, for the Change Media team to clean up the edit, add title cards and insert the participants self-made music. We have already been approached by ARA to conduct another project soon, as the participants are keen to build on their new skills.
The workshop was a fantastic introduction to a longer term project planned for 2010-11, to create a social archive and reference video manual for new arrivals to Australia, to enhance cross-cultural understanding and mutual respect. Besides the fantastic 14min film, this DVD also includes rough cut interviews by the participants, which showcase their experiences as new arrivals and demonstrate not only their skills, but also their resilience surviving often horrific journeys. Again, a huge applause to the team – it was a very rewarding collaboration for our trainer team.

Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsIndigenous Coordination Centre SAIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Ruwe ContractingTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media - hybrid storytelling - Bush Tucker2010 February - Coorong SA

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The Change Media Team conducted the third production workshop with the newly formed Ngarrindjeri Media Team to continue their training in film narratives, interview techniques, editing and media management.

   The training covered an introduction to educational narratives, editing and file management and intermediate interview and shooting techniques. The team created content for the prototype Change Media Indigenous digital media training resource, to be delivered July 2010.

   The challenge this session was to shoot a promotional video for the Camp Coorong Cultural Centre, and edit a video documentation of the Camp Coorong Bushwalk, including traditional cultural knowledge of the environment, wildlife and plants and their healing properties, in Ngarrindjeri language and English; focusing on documentation techniques, educational narrative, data visualization. Each team member conducted several shoots, interviews and part of the edit and also kep working on their individual film projects.

   The Ngarrindjeri Media Team continue to work on their peer-produced films between the workshops.

Partners
2009 Year Marker2009 December -
Partners
AppleArts SAAustralia Council for the ArtsIndigenous Coordination Centre SAIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Ruwe ContractingTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media - story training2009 December - Coorong SA

  Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website and video links may contain images and voices of people who have died.

The Change Media Team conducted the second production workshop with the newly formed Ngarrindjeri Media Team to continue their training in film narratives, interview techniques, editing and media management.

   The training covered an introduction to film narratives, editing and file management and basic interview techniques. The team created content for the prototype Change Media Indigenous digital media training resource, to be delivered July 2010.

   The challenge this session was to shoot indoor and outdoor interviews, with elders and community members;  focusing on research techniques, interview questions, making the interviewee comfortable, checking lighting, framing and sound. Each team member conducted several interviews for their films.

Partners
AppleArts SAAustralia Council for the ArtsCountry Arts SARiverland Youth TheatreTallstoreez Productionz
Riverland Youth Theatre edit-in-camera2009 November - Renmark SA
Films Produced
Renmark - Greenies Have Feelings Too - PLAY FILMRenmark - Hard to Swallow - PLAY FILMRenmark - Tree Change - PLAY FILM

   The Hero Project worked with 12 participants from the Riverland Youth Theatre to explore innovative ways to incorporate digital media into their creative programs.

   We tailored the workshop to suit a range of skill levels and experience, our aim to share as much digital media knowledge as possible in a 1-day session: with one group we focused on comedy and satire, another expressed an emotional journey with objects and the third team wanted to tell a real documentary story – the Herculean challenge was to convert each concept into film, script, understand film narratives and angles, act, and learn how to shoot an edit-in-camera video we will all watch at the end of the day!
All participants achieved basic camera, audio and screen language skills.
We also explored innovative ways to incorporate digital media into the school curriculum.

   Working with regional youth, arts and theatre practitioners was an exciting challenge for our team. The diverse team of young and not-so-young artists came up with a range of fantastic ideas for their edit-in-camera films: how does it feel to make a tree change, the politics of politics and bullying from the perspective of gym balls…
It was amazing to watch their films at the end of the day, shot in only a few hours.

Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsIndigenous Coordination Centre SAIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Ruwe ContractingTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media - doco training - Camp Coorong Bushwalk2009 November - Coorong SA

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   The Change Media Team conducted the first production workshop with the newly formed Ngarrindjeri Media Team to develop a long-term strategy to establish a sustainable Media Hub and train them as producers & trainers.

   Over several meetings prior to the first production workshop the team developed plans for the long-term collaboration. During this workshop the team identified key areas where media would be useful in their community and then produced content for their films and the prototype Change Media Indigenous digital media training resource, to be delivered July 2010.

   The participants started shooting on three stories from the 6 main film concepts they identified: a promotional/ educational clip about the cultural activities at Camp Coorong; documentation of traditional arts practices, (canoe making, feather flowers, weaving); a documentary about the Ngarrindjeri ANZAC’s; a documentary about Caring for Country, including sustainable water management; and training videos about how to podcast and use digital media to promote activities and engage young people.

   The training covered an introduction to the new Ngarrindjeri Media Centre’s HDV camera, sound equipment, tripod and iMac computer.

   The challenge this session was to cover a real life event as a 2-camera shoot with radio-mics (hand-held) during a cultural bush-walk with a large group of primary School students, hosted by Ngarrindjeri elder, Tom Trevorrow.

Propel Youth Arts video workshop - Y Art?
D'Faces Youth Arts Whyalla HYPER program workshop
Unley Seniors intergenerational workshop - Precious
Tullawon Health Service Yalata - Indigenous health campaign
Lower Yorke Peninsula schools workshop - Wurramooka News
Arts Upper Hunter Gloucester workshop - What's Yours is Mine...d?
Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsLottery WestMuseums Australia WAPropel Youth Arts WATallstoreez Productionz
Propel Youth Arts video workshop - Y Art?2009 October - Propel Youth Arts WA
Films Produced
Y Art? - PLAY FILM

   Propel Youth Arts WA created the PropFest project with support from Museums WA to explore how young people engage with the museums and galleries of Perth. The Hero Project worked with 15 young people and youth arts workers at Propel Youth Arts WA to teach them digital media and video production skills, so they could produce a film about this issue.

   That is the question for two Gen Y’ers who set out to prove that Perth doesn’t need a YOUTH ARTS CENTRE. This tongue-in-cheek documentary reflects on Perth’s vibrant youth arts scene, how to revitalise galleries and museums, and of course mining, monster trucks and shopping.

   The newly formed team spent a lot of time debating what art, culture and gallery spaces means for them as young people. They settled on one main theme and created a film in only four days to address an urgently needed service to support young artists in the community; a youth arts centre for Perth.

Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsD’faces of Youth Arts Whyalla and its HYPER program through the Attorney General’s Office SAMiddleback TheatreSA Youth Arts BoardTallstoreez Productionz
D'Faces Youth Arts Whyalla HYPER program workshop2009 June - SA
Films Produced
World War 3 - PLAY FILMthe Failtaculars - PLAY FILMJosh Burns - PLAY FILMI Am A Rocket - PLAY FILM

   D’faces of youth arts requested a professional development session to support them set up their youth media centre. They were also keen to produce a documentary about Port Lowly, but due to a last minute change in program, the Hero Project team tailored a workshop with a group of young people from D’faces and its HYPER Program to make a series of short films.

   Through a series of brainstorming and hands-on sessions the teams produced 4 hilarious films: Abby follows her family tradition sky-high, soon-to-be hairdressers face it off, two jaded rock stars mop up their success and a bunch of understated super heroes are in search for their necessary nemesis…
The message: Don’t let anyone get in your way to do what you want with your life!

   Community art often has a mandate to voice overtly political and/or sensitive issues, which can impact on sponsorship deals along the arts funding pipelines. One strategy discussed was to request clear guidelines from funding bodies about how to deal with art content that potentially could upset corporate sponsors. It is important to identify how these funding relationships may impact on job positions and funding decisions.

The 3-day workshop was re-designed for 10 young people at risk from the Hyper Program, D’faces, with the challenge: ‘How do you see yourself in the future?’ The spontaneous answers: super heroes, rock-stars, a rocket and hairdressers! After a quick story boarding and scripting session, the teams interviewed each other to get the main voice-over for their films. Then on location at Middleback Theatre, TAFE hair and beauty facilities and a Deli.  In the hardware store Rocket Girl had the most weird and wonderful encounters. The TAFE youth worker was so impressed that he now wants to engage the young people to document local events..

Partners
AppleCity of UnleyTallstoreez Productionz
Unley Seniors intergenerational workshop - Precious2009 May - Unley SA

   The Hero Project youth team worked with 30 aging Unley residents and Unley City Council staff to produce video content for the cross-media exhibition ‘Precious’ for the City of Unley.

   The Hero Project youth team recorded 30 interviews with aging residents across Unley.
Each of the old people brought their ‘precious’ object with them and told the team their story. The youth team set up interviews, recorded several frame-sizes and took digital stills to document the interviews. The video then was compiled for a public projection installation.

Partners
Anangu SchoolAppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsIndigenous Coordination Centre SAIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportTallstoreez ProductionzTullawon Health Service IncYalata Aboriginal Community
Tullawon Health Service Yalata - Indigenous health campaign2009 May - Yalata SA
Films Produced
Mai Palya.Anangu Kunpu.Kata Palya - Good Food. Strong Body. Good Mind - PLAY FILMMai Palya. Anangu Kunpu. Kata Palya - Behind the scenes - PLAY FILM

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   C’mon kids, you look tired! Lets go cook something healthy to eat, it’ll give you energy to run and play all day.
Fish is good for the brain, vegetables keep you healthy and bush tucker like kangaroo tails keep you strong.  

   The Hero Project worked with the Yalata community and Tullawon Health Service to produce a short film addressing community concerns around healthy eating.

   During the 4 day workshop with over 25 participants the group brainstormed, shot and edited their film to promote healthy and active lifestyles. To get the whole team on board, we moved focus from healthy eating to healthy living; as there was huge pride for their sporting activities; BMX biking, acrobatic back flips, playing footy. To showcase healthy food the group prepared and cooked easy to make meals in the bush and kitchen. On location the whole team filmed the preparation of damper and kangaroo tail at a camp fire. The outcome overwhelmed the whole community.

The project is a benchmark for us to show how digital media (from making snapshots to complex films), can bridge cultural and social divides.

   One of our key aims is media literacy for liberation. However, as white media makers and educators, we are challenged to adequately offer support to an Indigenous community who have been forcibly removed from their land during the Maralinga atom bomb testing and must work hard to keep culture and maintain a functioning social structure. Dabbling in media can appear a secondary concern under these conditions.
Our experience with such collaborations is that using media can have a profound impact. We worked with the adult supporters to develop digital media tutorials that engage the community and raise expectations and self-esteem. It was encouraging for the adult supporters in the community to see participants who struggle to speak to anyone, address the camera and spend hours shooting and editing their film.

As a result, the youth workers are now sourcing funding to get digital media equipment to continue the work.

Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsCurramulka Primary SchoolDepartment of Education and Children ServicesTallstoreez ProductionzWarooka CPC – 7 SchoolYorketown Area School
Lower Yorke Peninsula schools workshop - Wurramooka News2009 April - Warooka SA
Films Produced
Wurramooka News - PLAY FILM

   Warooka CPC-7 are developing a fantastic digital literacy program, and want the school to keep up with their 21st Century students, (who are surrounded by technology at home and see this as part of everyday life).

The Hero Project were called in to work with 26 students from Warooka CPC – 7, Curramulka Primary and Yorketown Area School to explore innovative ways to incorporate digital media into the school curriculum.  

Wurramooka News: Keeping Warooka in the loop, live from our studios at Warooka CPC – 7 School. Stay tuned for today’s headlines: Locals tell us why they want a Media Centre. On the spot reports about the Easter tourist invasion. Why home grown food is great! Weather, sports and school updates. And some tips on how to make your own films!

   To incorporate as many of the students ideas as possible, the team decided to produce a news show. The Hero Project tailored the workshops to suit a range of skill levels: focusing on motion graphics, green screen work and compositing for the students we had previously mentored. Introducing basic camera and editing skills for the Curramulka Primary students – and the Yorketown High School students were asked to delve deeper into screen narratives and production management. It is a rewarding collaboration when there are computers with teams editing, creating music, animations, designing name plates, while others are out filming on-location, scripting the news items and preparing cue sheets and props for the performers sitting at the news desk.

Partners
AppleArts NSWArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesArts Upper Hunter IncAustralia Council for the ArtsGloucester City Council Youth CentreTallstoreez Productionz
Arts Upper Hunter Gloucester workshop - What's Yours is Mine...d?2009 April - Gloucester NSW
Films Produced
Whats Yours is Mine...d - PLAY FILM

   Arts Upper Hunter invited the Hero Project to run a workshop titled ‘Portraits of Place’, to work with locals to create a film about Gloucester. 20 participants from all walks of life decided very quickly they wanted to explore the potential impact of coal mining on their community and environment.

   Join Eric Ingot as he shows Gloucester their future. With reassuring confidence and panache he identifies the multitude of benefits to enjoy from an open cut mine. “ At Envira-Coal, we dig the future! “

   The Gloucester team met for the first time at the Council’s youth centre. Within an hour, they had identified their story – the looming open pit coal mine, that is threatening to destroy their beautiful environment. Their biggest challenge: how to make a community film that depicts a possible threat, raises awareness and educates without scaring your audience? They created a satirical pro-mining advertisement, applying spin doctor messages to sell-up potential problems as benefits!  The diverse team, aged 14-65, learnt how to script and pace a comedic narrative, storyboard and film on multiple locations. 8 laptops formed a mobile edit unit, with every team producing a different chapter of the story, plus music, titles and GFX.

Arts Upper Hunter Dungog workshop - On the Move
Hallet Cove Council youth workshop - Pom Fiction
Ngarrindjeri Media - doco workshop - Nukkan Kungun Yunnan
2008
Horse SA youth workshop - Horse TV
Mobilize This Darwin Uni conference
Partners
AppleArts NSWArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesArts Upper Hunter IncAustralia Council for the ArtsCountry Womens AssociationDungog Shire CouncilTallstoreez Productionz
Arts Upper Hunter Dungog workshop - On the Move2009 April - Dungog NSW
Films Produced
On the Move - PLAY FILM

   Arts Upper Hunter invited the Hero Project to run a workshop titled ‘Portraits of Place’, to work with locals to create a film about Dungog. In their first film workshop together, 12 Dungog locals explored a seemingly quirky topic, yet controversial expose of the hidden tensions in their town.

   At first glance the country town of Dungog in NSW feels like any other quiet, small rural town. Driving down the main street, past the monument one would never suspect that the community is divided. The problem is the local icon in the middle of the main street. Is it a monument or an obelisk? A round about or a traffic hazard? And more importantly should it be moved?

   Dungog locals explored how they could make a film that would portray their town and life AND do justice to all of their creative visions?! This resulted in several intense brainstorming sessions, teams conducting a series of interviews and a fabulous factory style editing suite as everyone crafted the final film. And finally it all revolved around the monument in the main street!

   It is fantastic to see how the story evolved and everyone experimented with new art forms. Their project promptly attracted the interest of the local media, the Dungog Chronicle. The Arts Upper Hunter development officer was also keen to train up the 5 adult supporters, so they could keep producing their own films, with the aim to take part in the Dungog film festival as local artists… the final film screened during the Dungog Film Festival – so watch out, Bruce and Hugo, there’s home-grown competition!

Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsCove Youth Service IncHallett Cove R-12 SchoolMarion City CouncilTallstoreez Productionz
Hallet Cove Council youth workshop - Pom Fiction2009 February - Hallett Cove SA
Films Produced
Pom Fiction - Adjusting - PLAY FILMPom Fiction - Ozzie Dangers - PLAY FILM

   Hallett Cove R-12 School and the Cove Youth Service asked the Hero Project team to work with their students to produce a documentary about their experiences coming to Australia, to support new arrivals from Britain.

   There are many challenges for young British migrants when they first arrive in Australia. A group of teenagers from Hallett Cove have set out to demystify those first impressions: from flies, thongs, spiders, sharks, sunburn to football… Australia is different – but you are not alone!

   The participants, who had only recently migrated from the UK, had a very clear idea how they wanted to proceed: create a tongue-in-cheek, humorous take on boring edu-videos. The adult supporters had a different vision about how educational material should look. The Hero Project brokered a viable compromise. This peer-produced documentary is full of heart-warming tips and tricks, to support new arrivals from Britain. It also keeps an upbeat and fun tone, no need to bore the students who watch this resource in school!

Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsIndigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and SportNgarrindjeri Land and Progress AssociationNgarrindjeri Ruwe ContractingTallstoreez Productionz
Ngarrindjeri Media - doco workshop - Nukkan Kungun Yunnan2009 January - Coorong SA
Films Produced
Nukkan Kungun Yunnan - Trailer - PLAY FILMNukkan Kungun Yunnan - PLAY FILM

Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website and video links contain images and voices of people who have died.

The Change Media team were invited to work with the community at Camp Coorong to explore how they could use digital media for social change. 20 Ngarrindjeri community members from Raukkan and Meningie participated in the workshop.

The youth participants had an ambitious vision: they wanted to make a hard-hitting documentary about the water problem AND interview their elders in only four and a half days. To make things even more challenging, a professional TV crew came down from Canberra to document the Change Media process with the Ngarrindjeri team for ABC TV’s Message Stick, at the same time…

   This powerful 22 minute documentary presents the real impact the water crisis is having on the Coorong and its people. Driven by Ngarrindjeri youth it examines the effects on Ngarrindjeri culture as well as the damage for all Australians. The question is, what will we do to change it?

   The Change Media team worked with the community to identify key issues and stories and trained the participants in digital media skills from scripting, storyboards, video and sound recording to editing.

The team conducted over 15 interviews with Ngarrindjeri Elders and youth to create an informative, emotionally charged documentary. After they recorded the interviews with their elders, the team weren’t keen to edit their stories and potentially loose important information or be disrespectful. We demonstrated how to use their footage to create a film and interview assembly clips to produce a multi-layered DVD: with a short, media friendly 5min trailer, a 22-min documentary and a sub menu with the entire interviews with their elders. During the workshop the 22 min rough cut was screened to over 40 community members and elders. One of the participants gained part time employment as a media officer for Caring For Country, at RUWE Ngarrindjeri Resource Corporation, as a direct outcome of the Change Media program.

Partners
2008 Year Marker2008 December -
Partners
Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management BoardAppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsHorse Owners of the Southern Mount Lofty RangesHorse SATallstoreez Productionzthe Evironmental Protection Agencythe Melbourne Water Corporation
Horse SA youth workshop - Horse TV2008 November - Cherry Gardens SA
Films Produced
Horse TV - PLAY FILM

   Horse SA commissioned the Hero Project team to work with a group of teenage girls to produce a film about horse and land care. During the workshop the youth team met the challenge head on: in only 3 days they created Horse TV!

Welcome to Horse TV: This series of funny TV ads and soap spoofs raises awareness about environmental issues around horse ownership and addresses 5 key messages:
Healthy Pastures all year round spells healthy horses
Cheap Cheap Cheap: reduce dust and mud, horses hate cheap pastures
Purer Trough: safe, clean, easy water for your horse that doesn’t impact on creeks and waterways
Silver Service – A Ladies Companion to Classy Compost: Horse manure management 101
Horse CSI: Control your weeds before it is too late…

   The workshop focused on training teenage girls and in the brainstorming session they decided to create a series of TV Advert spoofs as an upbeat way to share land care messages for horse owners. During the workshop the young filmmakers learnt all basic skills required for video production, including scripting, story-boarding, camera + sound work, acting, directing, editing and music production.

   During the film making workshop the youth team met the challenge head on: working with a client brief can be difficult but they brainstormed lots of snappy ways to address the 5 key messages. They had to find appropriate locations, use horses as their film talent and keep to a tight deadline. The brief was developed during a 1-day ‘train-the-trainer session with teachers, parents and representatives from Horse SA and EPA.

Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsTallstoreez ProductionzUniversity Darwin
Mobilize This Darwin Uni conference2008 October - Darwin NT

   The Hero Project was invited to present its community empowerment at Mobilize This 2008 in Darwin.

   Over 30 people attended our presentation at the Darwin University. We also managed during the conference to connect the Hero Project to Darwin Community Arts and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, with the aim to collaborate in training Indigenous communities in the Northern Territories.
Big thanks to our friends at Formation Studios for setting this up!

Hero Project at Art at the Heart - Regional Arts Australia 2008
10x14 Bricks - stories from youth in lock-up
Dfaces Whyalla youth workshop - Artists not Aliens
Aboriginal Family Support Services youth workshop - 6 films
Quorn youth workshop 3 - Every Drop Counts
2007
Partners
AppleArts SAAustralia Council for the ArtsCentral Australian Aboriginal Media AssociationDepartment of Education and Children ServicesRegional Arts AustraliaTallstoreez Productionz
Hero Project at Art at the Heart - Regional Arts Australia 20082008 September - Alice Springs NT
Films Produced
RAA - Alice, the Journey - PLAY FILMRAA - All Consuming Art - PLAY FILMRAA - Remote Directing - PLAY FILMRAA - Snapshots - PLAY FILM

   During the RAA’s (Regional Arts Australia) most recent bi-annual conference in Alice Springs, the Hero Project was invited to present its community empowerment work in a 1 hour conference presentation. We also were selected to run a 2-hour edit-in-camera workshop, introducing regional art workers and artists to our unique model.

   We had a record number of participants: over 100 people attended our presentation and 40 people participated in the hands-on workshop on the second day. The 4 teams producing 4 great films. Feedback from the participants and audience was that it was one of the best presentations at RAA that year… Above you find  links to the films made during the Saturday 2-hour  workshop at ‘Art at the Heart’ at CAAMA. 
(We found the ‘lost film’, yah) and couldn’t resist making some tiny-weeny changes to support your edit-in-camera film ideas (as we understood them), we hope you like our input… Again big thanks to CAAMA for supporting the workshop and offering their great space.

Partners
AppleArts SA Partnerships for Healthy CommunitiesAustralia Council for the ArtsCavan Secure Care Training CentreDepartment of Education, Employment and Workplace RelationsDepartment of Families and CommunitiesTallstoreez ProductionzThe Australian Government through the Attorney General’s DepartmentYouth Education Centre Cavan DECS
10x14 Bricks - stories from youth in lock-up2008 June - Cavan Secure Care Facility SA
Films Produced
10x14 Bricks - Anger - PLAY FILM10x14 Bricks - Choices - PLAY FILM10x14 Bricks - Freedom - PLAY FILM10x14 Bricks - Hope - PLAY FILM10x14 Bricks- Regret - PLAY FILM10x14 Bricks - Trailer - PLAY FILM

   10×14 Bricks – Stories from Youth in Lock-up was produced at Cavan Secure Care Facility (SA) and its Youth Education Centre [DECS] over a 5-week intensive workshop. Participants learnt essential 21st Century digital media skills to create relevant crime prevention messages for their peers. In candid meet-the-director documentaries and in their own films young offenders share their life choices about crime and the consequences.

   Why choose to commit a crime? How far will you go?
Is it worth it? What is it like in lock-up? What would you do differently? What can you do to change?

   This new peer-educational DVD offers relevant crime prevention strategies from the experts: Young offenders share their life choices, crimes and consequences in their own films and unique ‘meet-the-directors’ documentaries – made behind bars.

   All 5 team members deeply engaged with the project, as they all had to make their own story AND be the production team and talent in their peers’ films. Through the unique ‘meet-the-director’ mini-docs we were able to delve deeper into each of their stories of crimes & consequences, and also showcase the incredible film making process.  

CHOICES:

Shane is 15, he knows it is not fun in lock up but he keeps coming back. What does he need to do to break the cycle?

ANGER:

Bayden is 17, after a drunken night he woke up in a police cell charged with attempted murder. What does he need to do to control his anger?

REGRET:

Sam is 18, he regrets committing armed robbery to finance a drug debt. What does he need to do to avoid future events that could lead to crime? What is the impact of your offence on you, your family, your victims?

HOPE:

Robert is 18, he feels like he is trapped in a cage, waiting for the day he can leave. What can he do to make his dreams become reality?

FREEDOM:

Greg is 17, he is ʻjust an Indigenous boy trying to get through life and come out on topʼ. What does he need to do to stay out of trouble? What support is available?

Partners
AppleAustralia Council for the ArtsAustralian Childrens Television FoundationAustralian International Documentary ConferenceCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundD’faces of Youth Arts Whyalla and its HYPER program through the Attorney General’s Office SATallstoreez Productionz
Dfaces Whyalla youth workshop - Artists not Aliens2008 May - Whyalla SA
Films Produced
Artists not Aliens - PLAY FILM

   Follow three aliens on their journey to find out if there is artistic life in Whyalla, a sports-mad steel town in South Australia. Whyalla has more sports facilities than you can count on your fingers and toes, but only a few places to do some art…

   D’Faces commissioned the Hero Project team to run a holiday program. The Hero Project extended the workshop as part of their commitment to produce the Document Your World finalist films. 20 young people, aged 10-19, from Whyalla and surrounding communities were involved in this project.

   At the beginning of the workshop James presented the initial idea he pitched to a large audience of professional film makers and broadcasters at the Document Your World competition, hosted by the Australian International Documentary Conference in February 2007. The group were excited about the idea, and had a great team of actors and crew to make this ambitious film work.

   The Hero Project trained all of the participants in digital media skills to script, storyboard, film, record sound, and part- edit their film during the 5- day workshop. The group split up into teams to make it to all of their desired locations and apportioned roles and tasks according to age and ability – a fantastic team effort. Take a look for yourself, it is sometimes hard to grasp that they managed to have the same actor appear multiple times in the same scene…

Partners
Aboriginal Family Support ServiceAppleArts SADerringers AdelaideDistinctive Homes Basket Ball StadiumOffice for Premier and Cabinet Premiers Community Initiatives FundRSPCASA Metropolitan Fire ServiceTallstoreez Productionz
Aboriginal Family Support Services youth workshop - 6 films2008 January - Adelaide SA
Films Produced
Drum It Up - PLAY FILMPutting Out Fires - PLAY FILMI Love Animals - PLAY FILMHoops and Dribbles - PLAY FILMGoing Places - PLAY FILMBiggest Mob of Chips - PLAY FILMHide and Seek - PLAY FILM

   Aboriginal Family Support Service (AFSS) commissioned the Hero Project team to work with a group of Indigenous young people to set up a youth media team and make a series of films about their lives. During the workshop the youth team met the challenge head on: in only 2 days they created a film each!

   The workshop focused on training teenage Indigenous kids and in the brainstorming session the team develop the concept ‘Where will I be in 10 years time? and created an upbeat series of clips to share their future outlook. During the workshop the young filmmakers learnt all basic skills required for video production, including scripting, story-boarding, camera + sound work, acting, directing, editing and music production.

   During the film making workshop the youth team met the challenge head on: they were keen to work as a team but make a film for each team members, working together as directors, camera person, sound recordist, actors and extras. Each day they shot 3 separate locations across Adelaide, a huge achievement for this team, who met the first time for this workshop. Each of the team members edited their own films and created original music for it.

   Their empowering films have been shown to Indigenous communities across Australia.
The films were very well received during our presentation at the Federal Government State Managers meeting in Adelaide, February 2008.

Partners
AppleArts SACountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundQuorn Caravan ParkSouthern Flinders Ranges Health Service IncTallstoreez Productionz
Quorn youth workshop 3 - Every Drop Counts2008 January - Quorn SA
Films Produced
Every Drop Counts - PLAY FILM

   The Hero Project team worked with 6 students at the Quorn Area School, supported by the Southern Flinders Ranges Health Service, the Quorn Area School, the local council and the Quorn Caravan Park, as a direct result of the 2007 Document Your World competition.

   To create a short documentary that addresses environmental concerns arising from the ongoing drought in north SA.
The participants identified a number of relevant interviewees, great locations and found fantastic archival footage about a flood. This was the final production in a series of 4 workshops with the Quorn community; as a result the local school has taken up digital media as part of their curriculum and the community has a great team of young documentarians and upcoming journalists.

Partners
2007 Year Marker2007 December -
Is Your House Killing You? - SBS TV series
Karoonda Area School - underage drinking campaign - 9 Steps...
Anti-racism DECS school project - Mission Possible
The Pinnaroo Surfer - ABC TV series
Adelaide City Council youth art campaign - Adelaide Bites
Come Out Festival Youth Festival workshop - Cooking Up A Storm
Partners
Is Your House Killing You? - SBS TV series2007 November - SA
Films Produced
Is Your House Killing You? trailer - PLAY FILM

A high-rating prime-time 7×26min factual entertainment science series for SBS in 2007, as a co-production with Essential Viewing, sold to UKTV, Sundance Channel USA and TVNZ

Is Your House Killing You?’ is a 7×25 min groundbreaking, on the pulse, scientific makeover series. Ordinary families are invited to take up the challenge to ‘detox’ their homes. From inner city apartments to country fibros, our expert team swarms, probes and strips back a diverse range of homes in a CSI-style investigation. Some homes sparkle innocently and others are environmental monsters, but they all harbour a parallel microscopic world of hidden dangers.

In 2007 IYHKY was one SBS highest rating shows in its time slot and will broadcast on Sundance Channel USA, UKTV, TVNZ and in several other territories.

Director Jennifer Lyons-Reid and producer Carl Kuddell from SA digital media company Tallstoreez Productionz created the concept and formed a co-production with Essential Viewing in Sydney, to produce the series with the financial support from the SAFC.

Key creatives for Is Your House Killing You:

Executive Producer: Chris Hilton
Co-Producer: Carl Kuddell
Series Producer: Sonja Armstrong
Series Director: Roger Power
Episode director, science producer: Jennifer Lyons-Reid
Series concept: Jennifer Lyons-Reid, Carl Kuddell, Chris Hilton

© 2007 Tallstoreez Productionz Pty Ltd, Essential Viewing and SA Film Corporation

The complete series now available through Dymocks

Watch the tips and tricks pod casts on iTunes here

Partners
AppleArts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsCountry Arts SAKaroonda Area SchoolMallee Health Service IncMurray Mallee Community Education Network IncTallstoreez Productionz
Karoonda Area School - underage drinking campaign - 9 Steps...2007 August - Karoonda SA
Films Produced
9 Steps to Become a Successful Underage Drinker - PLAY FILM

   A fabulous discussion starter about underage drinking: ‘9 Steps to Become a Successful Underage Drinker’ is a comedic take on ‘how-to­’ videos and drug education with a high impact ending that will have your students talking for days. Goose bumps guaranteed!

   The Karoonda community commissioned the Hero Project team to work with a group of local youth to produce a documentary about the impact of drink driving on small rural towns.

   Initially the group discussed interviewing the local police officer and locals to create a documentary about the issue. When the Hero Project team asked if they would watch this film, they admitted they find ‘educational’ videos boring. So their task was to make a film they would watch. After lengthy debate from the young people and adults in the room, the Hero mentors suggested the team work with a satirical reversal to get the message across. They brainstormed all the stories ‘everyone shares about their youthful exploits’, and so the conversation began… The team drafted the 9 steps in the first session and then shot them over several sessions working with the Hero mentors. It was fantastic to work with the youth team and the Karoonda community, who all pitched in to support the project, from offering locations, making props and acting in the film.

   Using humour and a satirical reversal this film drives a serious punch and comes with an urgently needed resource pack to support teachers and youth workers to tackle the issues of underage drinking.­

Partners
AppleDepartment of Education and Children ServicesTallstoreez Productionz
Anti-racism DECS school project - Mission Possible2007 July - Adelaide SA
Films Produced
Mission Possible - PLAY FILM

The Hero Project team worked with 20 students and several teachers to produce a multi-cultural awareness video for the Department of Education Multicultural Unit.

The Hero Project worked with 20 students from Gilles St Primary School, Adelaide, to record positive example and activities around multi-cultural educational practice.

The participating teachers from several Adelaide schools received professional development training to use digital media in the classroom. The team included Helen Grant [Gilles St PS], Shona Russo [LeFevrre HS] and Andy Mewett [Glenunga HS].

The film screened as part of the Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

DECS SA used the film to promote their multicultural unit across Government schools in South Australia. The film was officially launched by Minister for Education Hon jane Lomax-Smith at the Glenunga International High School alongside a new multicultural manual.

Hi there!
Just wanted to say thanks again for the opportunity to work with you all this week. My learning curve was huge- even though I know I saw a fraction of all the roles you do there. Hope the edit went well today…
Thanks again. You will hear from me next term!
Cheers, Shona Russo

LeFevrre High School

Partners
AppleArts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsAustralian Childrens Television FoundationAustralian International Documentary ConferenceCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundMallee Health Service IncTallstoreez Productionz
The Pinnaroo Surfer - ABC TV series2007 June - Pinnaroo SA
Films Produced
Pinnaroo Surfer - The Original - PLAY FILMPinnaroo Surfer Series - Big Things - PLAY FILMPinnaroo Surfer Series - Football Legend - PLAY FILMPinnaroo Surfer Series - Heavyweight Champion - PLAY FILMPinnaroo Surfer Series - High Noon - PLAY FILMPinnaroo Surfer Series - In Competition - PLAY FILMPinnaroo Surfer Series - My Watering Hole - PLAY FILMPinnaroo Surfer Series - Painting a Masterpiece - PLAY FILMPinnaroo Surfer Series - The Fish Whisperer - PLAY FILMPinnaroo Surfer Series - Thinking Man - PLAY FILMPinnaroo Surfer Series - Camping's the best - PLAY FILM

      ‘I don’t reckon you can see Pinnaroo in one day, unless you’re driving through.’ Kade shares his wisdom about bush life, local landmarks and stuff.

   Kade Richardson and Sam Long were finalists at the 2007 Document Your World competition, hosted by the Australian International Documentary Conference. They were 1 of 5 Australian youth teams who pitched their film ideas in front of a large audience, to a panel of broadcasters. ABC were on the panel and commissioned this mini-series for JTV. Over the following 6 months the Hero Project team conducted a series of master classes with the ‘Oo in Pinnaroo’ team to produce 10 kooky episodes about life in Pinnaroo.

      Both Kade and Sam were selected for Flinders University Screen Studies. Kade has supported others in Pinnaroo to get their stories out, shared his laconic humour on ABC radio in Broken Hill and is working on several film ideas. Sam is now producing videos for a range of community organizations in Murray Bridge. Channel 9 commissioned his services as a local stringer at the age of 16!

Partners
Adelaide City CouncilArts SA
Adelaide City Council youth art campaign - Adelaide Bites2007 May - SA


We made 10 experimental short films for Adelaide CBD public screens, by SA youth sharing stories about Adelaide, as part of our public art game, Love Referendum, supported by Adelaide City Council and Arts SA.

Watch – Adelaide Bites

 

Partners
AppleArts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsAustralian Festival for Young PeopleCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundSA Youth Arts BoardTallstoreez Productionz
Come Out Festival Youth Festival workshop - Cooking Up A Storm2007 May - Adelaide SA
Films Produced
Cooking up a Storm - PLAY FILM

The Hero Project team worked with 10 participants from regional and remote SA to run a documentary master class during the Come Out 2007 Festival. Come Out commissioned the youth crew to document a range of festival activities and events. The regional youth also took part in an open 1-day session with over 30 Adelaide school students.

The diverse youth team created an engaging promo about the multitude of events during the Australian Festival for Young People, aka Come Out 2007. The team discovered what it is like to work to a client brief: guaranteed to be a challenging production – and the team handled it very well. It involved brainstorming the overarching theme, devising interview questions, securing interviews and permission to film performances, production managing multiple locations and promoting efficient teamwork to shoot and produce on the go.

The participants delivered a great snapshot of the festival – they played with the 2007 Come Out theme and searched for the best ingredients to cook up a story.

Come Out screened the film at the end of the festival week and used it as part of their promotional campaign. Most of the participants had previously worked with the Hero Team in their own home towns, so it was exciting to meet other youth and share their skills in Adelaide. At the end of the week they took a lot of new skills home to share with their media hubs.

Mid North Schools workshops
Apple Educational Conference
Coding Cultures Conference
Love Referendum - public art game
Australian International Doco Conference - youth media - Document Your World
dreamcatcher - Adelaide Fringe multmedia project
Partners
Blyth Area SchoolBurra Area SchoolClare High SchoolLower North Health – Community Health PromotionRiverton High SchoolSnowtown Area SchoolTallstoreez Productionz
Mid North Schools workshops2007 April - Clare SA
Films Produced
Barrels of Snow Town - PLAY FILMDanny's Legacy - PLAY FILMG'day Mate - PLAY FILMSupernatural in the Mid North - PLAY FILM

The Hero Project mentored students from 5 area schools in the Lower Mid North region during 2x 1-day edit-in-camera workshops.

The films screened as part of the Eat My Shorts festival during National Youth Week.

Partners
AppleTallstoreez Productionz
Apple Educational Conference2007 April - Sydney NSW

The Hero Project was invited to present its empowerment methodology to representatives from Apple’s national educational retail partners.

Over 100 people attended our presentations in Sydney. One of the participants dubbed our methodology ‘the missing link between Apple’s hardware and software’. We received fabulous feedback – several channel partners opted to take Directing the Hero Within on for retail.

Partners
Campbelltown City CouncilTallstoreez ProductionzdLux Sydney
Coding Cultures Conference2007 March - Sydney NSW

The Hero Project was invited to present its community empowerment at the Coding Cultures Symposium 2007 in Campbelltown.

Campbelltown Arts Centre in partnership with d/Lux/MediaArts, presented Coding Cultures from Monday 5 – Friday 9 March 2007. Coding Cultures explored the opportunities that new information technologies including mobile phones, the internet and other on-line spaces, are providing for communities. Coding Cultures was a week long program of international residencies, free Concept Development Labs and a one day Symposium at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Our presentation at the Symposium was well received, bringing participants up to speed and networked into the latest in community based media practices and cultures. We also managed during the conference to connect the Hero Project to Jamaican artists Mervin Jarman [the Container Project] and Canadian artists Camille Turner, with the aim to collaborate on future projects.

Big thanks to the fabulous Francesca da Rimini and our friends at Dlux for setting this up! Find out more about Coding Cultures and its handbook here:

http://www.dlux.org.au/codingcultures/handbook.html

Partners
Adelaide City CouncilArts SA
Love Referendum - public art game2007 March - SA

Developed as an interactive alternative reality game ARG for public realm, the initial phase included a series of video clips, viral postcards and an interactive website.Is Adelaide in the grip of a potentially fatal pandemic called lovesickness?

Has it become a sentimental slave to romance or a slick metropolis for the cool and uncaring? In an urgent call to action, the Department of Deliberation is conducting a statewide referendum in December 2007.

It will ask the public to decide whether they are lovestruck or lovesick. Results will be tallied and citizens will be officially (and spectacularly) notified during opening night of the 2008 Adelaide Fringe.

Watch the viral video mobile campaign clips here:

Watch – Ebola
Watch – Have Your Say
Watch – Timmy

 

Artistic Director - Jennifer Lyons-Reid
 
Producer - Carl Kuddell
 
Game development mentor - Christy Dena
 
Graphic design - Working Images, Drew Joyce

Love Referendum was supported by Arts SA Public Art

 

 

Partners
ABC iViewAppleArts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsAustralian Childrens Television FoundationAustralian International Documentary ConferenceCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundTallstoreez Productionz
Australian International Doco Conference - youth media - Document Your World2007 February - Adelaide SA
Films Produced
DYW1 - Pitch Introduction - PLAY FILMDYW2 Intro LOL Pitch - PLAY FILMDYW3 Legends of Quorn Pitch - PLAY FILMDYW4 In Our Shows Pitch - PLAY FILMDYW5 Oo in Pinnaroo Pitch - PLAY FILMDYW6 Artists Not Aliens Pitch - PLAY FILMDYW7 Q&A + Thankyou - PLAY FILM

The Hero Project team worked with 15 youth finalist from the national Document Your World competition, hosted by the Australian International Documentary Conference in February 2007.
The Hero Project mentored the youth teams to prepare their film proposals as a public pitch. This first ever youth-documentary competition saw entries from across Australia, vying for the change to pitch in front of a panel of commissioning editors from ABC and SBS, IDFA’s Director, the Australian Children’s TV Foundation and executives from the media industry. The events MC was Steve Cannane, from Triple J’s Hack.

The 5 finalist teams from Whyalla, Quorn, Murray Bridge, Pinnaroo and Adelaide prepared a 5-minute verbal pitch and a 2-minute video trailer for their documentary proposals – in 2 days they prepared, wrote, test-pitched, shot and edited the most amazing public presentations – feedback from the panel and audience was that it was the best presentations at AIDC that year…

The participants delivered very compelling presentations. In front of over 100 experts and a high-caliber panel from ABC, SBS, Tallstoreez and ACTF, they held their own. Stories included: LoL: Cyberbullying, the Oo in Pinnaroo, Life in Quorn, Artists not Aliens and Nunga Media.

The winner was ‘LoL’, a documentary about cyberbullying; the team won a development purse of $5000 from ABC jtv, to develop a half-hour documentary proposal.
The runner-up was ‘Oo in Pinnaroo’; who were approached by ABC to produce a 10-part mini-series, mentored by the Hero Project.

The teams also produced a series of short clips during the conference for AIDC, interviewing documentary makers and broadcasters about film making and key points of the conference. The clips were shown on huge screens on the same day  they were shot. It was fabulous to see the 15 Document Your World heroes mingling with the pro-crowd and gleaning valuable intel.

Partners
dreamcatcher - Adelaide Fringe multmedia project2007 February - SA

A public video projection, limited series of 20 unique resin sculptures and 2000 postcards competition across South Australia.

Marvel at the sheer beauty of a dancing plastic bag, the most ‘beautiful thing’ on a magical flight through the City of Adelaide. It twirls to a modern Pied Piper’s tune, peddling imperishable dreams and subtly transforms the City’s structures, leaving behind small icons of suburban utopia.

Dreamcatcher is testament to our capacity to see beauty in the mundane and dangerous, and just when you think its over, the bag lifts again, sporting its insignia: Eternity.

Dreamcatcher sculptures

Grotesque yet strangely alluring… Recent archaeological digs in Adelaide [code named dreamcatcher] have uncovered several petrified objects from an epoch which the Dreamcatcher Museum have classified as ‘Oil Age: Plastic Era’. The objects appear to be flimsy plastic vessels. Historians believe they were used for trade and exchange and were probably associated with human sacrifice and mass rituals.

The limited series of 20 unique sculptures, lusciously translucent and seductively textural, are made from plastic bags - stamped with Eternity - each manipulated and set in a large block of glassy resin, with its own custom made iron stand, labeled with the work’s edition number. Only 10 sculptures were publicly auctioned as part of the Adelaide Fringe 2007.

If you are interested to buy one of the remaining artworks or want to exhibit the work, please email us

Commissioned for the Surface Tension Public Art Program of the Adelaide City Council and Australian Network for Art & Technology; as part of the 2006 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

 

Port Lincoln youth workshop - Pilchard Ninjas
2006
Making Links Conference Sydney
Adelaide Pageant youth workshop - Where is Father Christmas?
Quorn youth workshop 2 - Working Quorn
Murray Bridge Council youth workshop - Flood of 56
Partners
AppleArts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsCommunity House Port LincolnCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundTallstoreez Productionz
Port Lincoln youth workshop - Pilchard Ninjas2007 January - Port Lincoln SA
Films Produced
Pilchard Ninjas - PLAY FILM

The Hero Project team were commissioned by the Community House in Port Lincoln to engage young people in their activities. The 10 youth participants agreed to make a promotional video to get more people to engage with the community house, as long as it involved fish…

The team created an engaging promo-clip about the community center – but really most of young people came to the social centre to make a fun film – so they worked on combining the two! They identified they wanted to create something Python-esque and that the fish factories are a big issue in town [renown for its tuna]…During the workshop the young filmmakers learnt all basic skills required for video production, including scripting, story-boarding, camera + sound work, acting, directing, editing and music production.

The participants delivered an engaging compromise – while sticking to their quirky film ideas, they managed to arrive at a wonderful conclusion, that supports their social centre in a humourous and upbeat way.
Port Lincoln Community House continued to build a youth media centre and purchased digital media equipment.

2 community members took part in the Hero Youth Media Festival master-class at Come Out 2007. 
Their team had the task to document the Come Out Festival – and they were cooking up a storm!

Update February 2010: Some of the young people involved have started a new youth organization and media centre in Port Lincoln, called 2-way street.  Check it out here.

Partners
2006 Year Marker2006 December -
Partners
Making Links ConferenceTallstoreez Productionz
Making Links Conference Sydney2006 November - Sydney SA

The Hero Project was invited to present its empowerment methodology to national delegates from community arts and educational organizations.

We presented a hands-on workshop to over 30 delegates at the national Making Links Conference. The workshop covered the use of digital media in community and classroom environment, with a special focus on empowerment for disengaged and marginalized youth.

Partners
Credit Union Chrismas PageantEvents SATallstoreez Productionz
Adelaide Pageant youth workshop - Where is Father Christmas?2006 November - Adelaide SA
Films Produced
Where is Father Christmas? - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project team worked with 6 participants from its outreach program to document the 2006 Christmas Pageant. They engaged the whole community during the film making and learnt basic event documentation skills.

OUTCOMES: Their documentation follows the day of the Christmas Pageant and reveals this strange but alluring local custom: from early morning BBQ to the all revealing moments of Santa…

The participants recorded many interviews with participants, punters and VIP’s and managed to keep up with the caravan while filming.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS
The film screened as part of the Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

IMPACT & FEEDBACK: Events SA used the film to promote the Adelaide Christmas Pageant.

This unusual project was a great opportunity for the Hero Project participants to hone their event documentation skills. Where else do you have a chance to run through a crowd of Christmas Pageant fans, with a lanyard around yoiur neck and all-access camera team behind you… Fabulous work, especially the daring interview of the man himself. I nearly fell of my sledge.

Partners
Arts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundQuorn Caravan ParkSouthern Flinders Ranges Health Service IncTallstoreez Productionz
Quorn youth workshop 2 - Working Quorn2006 October - Quorn SA
Films Produced
Working Quorn - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project team worked with 16 students at the Quorn Area School, supported by the Southern Flinders Ranges Health Service, the Quorn Area School, the local council and the Quorn Caravan Park.

PARTNERS: Arts SA Health Promotion Through The Arts; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Southern Flinders Ranges Health Service Inc; Quorn Caravan Park; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: To create a series of short documentaries that address possible future careers in a remote town like Quorn. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? To whom could you speak to get advise?
The participants identified a fabulous set of characters, the most amazing locations and learned a lot about their local professions: from hairdressing, being a postie, to farming, camel riding and meat processing. The locals came up trumps, especially the Quorn butcher, who proved to be comedic talent, just stay away from his knives…

SCREENINGS & AWARDS:
The film screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Festival at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

IMPACT & FEEDBACK: Their films screened as part of the Screen Australia outback touring program at the Quorn caravan park, to an audience of over 200.

 

Not many filmmakers have such a strong audience for their first film! The youth team from Quorn kept developing their skills which resulted in their team’s success at the inaugural Document Your World competition 2007.

Partners
Arts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundTallstoreez ProductionzThe Rural City of Murray Bridge
Murray Bridge Council youth workshop - Flood of 562006 October - Murray Bridge SA
Films Produced
The 56 Floods - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project team worked with 14 students at the Murray Bridge Council offices. The local council, through its youth service commissioned the team to document the commemoration of the 1956 Floods.

PARTNERS: Arts SA Health Promotion Through The Arts; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; the Rural City of Murray Bridge; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The youth team created an engaging documentary about the 1956 flood. But how do you do that without a budget and without boring your peers to tears? They imagined how it felt if the river flooded the town for over 12 months – and created an unusual eyewitness report with fun re-enactments …

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: The film screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

IMPACT & FEEDBACK: The participants interviewed a fabulous eye witness, who helped to bring the memories to life.

 

They accessed the most amazing locations – including a paddle steamer – and learned a lot about how to produce historical re-enactments. The editing process was very rewarding, as the team learned to source and integrate archival footage and also colour-grade their new footage to create beautiful transitions from old to present day.

Elizabeth Fremont High School workshops
Directing the Hero Within - Youth Media Training Resource
Parafield Gardens R-7 School workshops
Koonibba Aboriginal Community youth workshop - Vandalism
Mallee Health youth workshop 3 - Pinnaroo Heist
Murrayville Area School workshop 2
Partners
Arts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsDepartment of Education and Children ServicesElizabeth Fremont High SchoolOffice for YouthTallstoreez Productionz
Elizabeth Fremont High School workshops2006 September - Fremont Elizabeth SA
Films Produced
Elizabeth Isn't That Bad - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project team worked with 10 students at the Fremont Elizabeth High School during a 6-week workshop program.

PARTNERS: Office for Youth; Arts SA Health Promotion Through The Arts; Elizabeth Fremont High School; Department of Education and Childrens Services; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The team managed to work within a noisy school environment, while creating a series of short films documenting their school activities and experiences.

The students grew into a fantastic team over the course of the project and learnt basic and intermediate digital video and production skills.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Their films screened as part of the Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesAustralian Festival for Young PeopleCoober Pedy Area SchoolCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundMallee Health Service IncMt. Gambier City CoucilMurray Mallee Community Education Network IncMurrayville Area SchoolOffice for YouthPort Augusta Youth ServiceSA Film CorporationSA Youth Arts BoardTallstoreez ProductionzWarriappendi Aboriginal School
Directing the Hero Within - Youth Media Training Resource2006 July - Adelaide SA
Films Produced
Directing the Hero Within - Basic Effects - PLAY FILMDirecting the Hero Within - Camera Basics - PLAY FILMDirecting the Hero Within - Camera Handling - PLAY FILMDirecting the Hero Within - Convert Your Story to Film - PLAY FILMDirecting the Hero Within - Cool Camera Moves - PLAY FILMDirecting the Hero Within - Editing Basics - PLAY FILMDirecting the Hero Within - Screen Language Basics - PLAY FILMDirecting the Hero Within - Screen Language Exercise - PLAY FILMDirecting the Hero Within - Sound Basics - PLAY FILMDirecting the Hero Within - Whats Your Story - PLAY FILM

Directing the Hero Within is a peer-training step by step film making resource for young people, available as interactive DVD and CDrom. The project was produced with hundreds of young people across South Australia in 2005-2006 during a series of youth video workshops, with support from the SA Film Corporation, Arts SA, Office for Youth and Country Arts SA.

The DVD features hands-on training videos, plus additional youth films, each paired with a specific behind-the-scenes mini-documentary. The CDrom has a 50-page teachers manual with lesson plans, student exercises and useful templates.

The resulting DVD kit won the national Australian Teachers of Media Awards in 2006 and was shortlisted as a finalist at the prestigious Australian Interactive Media Industry Awards 2007.

Click here to buy your copy of the award winning training resource DVD.

Partners
DECS ArtSmartParafield Gardens R-7 SchoolTallstoreez Productionz
Parafield Gardens R-7 School workshops2006 May - Parafield Gardens SA
Films Produced
ParafieldGardens EIC 1 - PLAY FILMParafieldGardens EIC 2 - PLAY FILMParafieldGardens EIC 3 - PLAY FILMParafieldGardens EIC 4 - PLAY FILMParafieldGardens EIC 5 - PLAY FILMParafieldGardens EIC 6 - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: To run 3x 3-hour edit-in-camera workshops with students from the Parafield Gardens R-7 school.

PARTNERS: Parafield Gardens R-7 School, DECS ArtSmart, Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The students made a series of funny films and acquired basic film narrative, camera and sound recording skills.

IMPACT & FEEDBACK: The school continued using digital media in the classroom, resulting in highly engagaing films – they even send us a DVD a few months later. Congratulations to a great program implementation!

Partners
Arts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundKoonibba Aboriginal CommunityTallstoreez Productionz
Koonibba Aboriginal Community youth workshop - Vandalism2006 April - Koonibba SA
Films Produced
Vandalism - PLAY FILM

Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website and video links may contain images and voices of people who have died.

 

CHALLENGE: The Koonibba Aboriginal Community Council commissioned this workshop as a cultural activity for their young people.
The youth team wanted to address the recent vandalism within their community.

PARTNERS: Arts SA Health Promotion Through The Arts; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Koonibba Aboriginal Community; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The project was an outstanding success, with 25 young people involved for 5 days. The group documented the vandalism in their community and juxtaposed this with all the activities available to them at the youth centre. The young vandals turned up during filming and were keen to get involved and then unannounced cleaned up the damage. On the last day the whole community celebrated their film with a shared lunch screening.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Come Out 2007 Youth Film Festival at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

MPACT & FEEDBACK: Over the last years, the surrounding remote communities watched the DVD and were very impressed with the outcome. Three years later, during our most recent visit to the Nullabor community of Yalata, most of the participants still remembered seeing the film made by the Koonibba youth in 2006.

Partners
Arts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundMallee Health Service IncTallstoreez Productionz
Mallee Health youth workshop 3 - Pinnaroo Heist2006 April - Pinnaroo SA
Films Produced
Pinnaroo Heist - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project worked with 3 communities and schools in Murrayville, Pinnaroo and Karoonda in the second series of workshops to train the students in digital media skills to script, storyboard, film, record sound, and create edit-in-camera films.

PARTNERS: Arts SA Health Promotion Through The Arts; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Mallee Health Service Inc; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The energetic and truly inter-generational team made a fun and engaging short film, shot and edited in one day! Using their quirky op-shop – a former bank with the old safe still intact – the young people created a fantastic little comedy. We especially enjoyed the tumbling tumble weed, which required a dedicated tumble weed wrangler…

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Come Out 2007 Youth Film Festival at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

IMPACT & FEEDBACK: The project was a great step in our ongoing outreach program to make digital media more accessible to regional and remote schools and communities.

Partners
Arts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundMallee Health Service IncTallstoreez Productionz
Murrayville Area School workshop 22006 April - Murrayville SA
Films Produced
Steve Edwina Goes Wild - PLAY FILM

PROCESS: The Hero Project worked with 3 communities and schools in Murrayville, Pinnaroo and Karoonda in the second series of workshops to train the students in digital media skills to script, storyboard, film, record sound, and create edit-in-camera films.

PARTNERS: Arts SA Health Promotion Through The Arts; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Mallee Health Service Inc; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The team made a fun and engaging short film, shot and edited in one day! The team were interested in making fake blood and created a fun spoof of Steve Erwin’s bush antics.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Come Out 2007 Youth Film Festival at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

Quorn youth workshop 1 - Legend of Quorn
s.cam - public art project Adelaide City Council
2005
Indigenous Warriappendi School workshop - Surviva Nunga Style
Coober Pedy Area School workshop 3 - Student teacher relationships
Port Augusta Council youth workshop 3 - SnapTV
Partners
Arts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundQuorn Caravan ParkSouthern Flinders Ranges Health Service IncTallstoreez Productionz
Quorn youth workshop 1 - Legend of Quorn2006 March - Quorn SA
Films Produced
Legends of Quorn - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project team worked with 14 students at the Quorn Area School, supported by the Southern Flinders Ranges Health Service and the Quorn caravan park. They engaged the whole community during the film making and learnt basic digital video and production skills.

PARTNERS: Arts SA Health Promotion Through The Arts; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Southern Flinders Ranges Health Service Inc; Quorn Caravan Park; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: Their story tells the quirkiness of their beautiful country town: Legend has it that the mythical township of Qourn (on the edge of the great South Australian desert) can only be reached by camel.

The participants created a fabulous script and set of characters, (real and imagined) and scouted the most stunning locations.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS
Their films screened as part of the Screen Australia outback touring program at the Quorn caravan park, in front of an audience of over 200.
The film also screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide

IMPACT & FEEDBACK: Their films screened as part of the Screen Australia outback touring program at the Quorn caravan park, to an audience of over 200.

Not many filmmakers have such a strong audience for their first film! The youth team from Quorn kept developing their skills which resulted in their team’s success at the inaugural Document Your World competition 2007.

Partners
s.cam - public art project Adelaide City Council2006 January - SA
 

 

s.cam – consuming the gaze is an interactive new media performance for the Adelaide CBD, which explores notions of the ‘see-thru’ citizen, body/gender politics and surveillance.

Initially created as 2 roving cyborgs developed between Jan and July 2006, s.cam became part of the development of the Love Referendum ARG and performance.

s.cam was commissioned by the Adelaide City Council Public Art Program

 

Partners
2005 Year Marker2005 December -
Partners
Arts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsCoober Pedy Area SchoolDepartment of Education and Children ServicesOffice for YouthSA Film CorporationTAFE SATallstoreez Productionz
Indigenous Warriappendi School workshop - Surviva Nunga Style2005 November - Warriappendi SA
Films Produced
Surviva Nunga Style - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project worked with 10 young Indigenous students and their teachers at the Warriappendi School. In a series of workshops the participants built on the training already in place through their Nunga TV experience and further developed essential digital media skills, scripting, story-boarding, filming, recording sound.

PARTNERS: Office for Youth; Arts SA Health Promotion Through The Arts; SA Film Corporation; Warriappendi School; Department of Education and Childrens Services; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The group decided to split into two teams, each developing separate film ideas. They decided to join forces and selected a very challenging subject: to produce a film about racism and media analysis wrapped in two competing Reality TV shows.The result was hysterical: the teams managed to weave their competing story-lines together into a hilarious comedy. Do you need keys in Grand Theft Auto? Who will be voted off the island? Some people are just too black …

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: The film screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

IMPACT & FEEDBACK: Surviva Nunga Style was selected for the award winning Directing the Hero Within resource DVD.
Nunga TV developed to a leading Indigenous community TV program.

One of the participants gained access to an film industry work placement as a result of the workshop.

Partners
Arts SA Health Promotion through the ArtsCoober Pedy Area SchoolDepartment of Education and Children ServicesOffice for YouthSA Film CorporationTAFE SATallstoreez Productionz
Coober Pedy Area School workshop 3 - Student teacher relationships2005 September - Coober Pedy SA

The Hero Project worked with 20 young people and their teachers at the Coober Pedy Area School.

In a series of workshops the participants built on the training already in place and further developed essential digital media skills, scripting, story-boarding, filming, recording sound. The team interviewed students and teachers with some surprising outcomes… The team produced a film about student teacher relationships.

Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundOffice for YouthPort Augusta Youth ServiceSA Film CorporationTallstoreez Productionz
Port Augusta Council youth workshop 3 - SnapTV2005 August - Port Augusta SA
Films Produced
Snap TV - PLAY FILMShowing Ur True Colourz - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project worked with 16 young people and youth workers from Port Augusta. In a series of workshops the participants learnt essential digital media skills, scripting, story-boarding, filming, recording sound.

PARTNERS: Office for Youth; Arts SA Healthy Initiatives; SA Film Corporation; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Port Augusta Youth Service; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The team documented the best of CrocFest 2005 – and this meant preparing shot lists for key events, sending out teams to catch them as they happened, while others uploaded the footage and edited watchable clips! The film and its entire production process happened during the CrocFest on the local oval. Over the course of the event they planned, shot and edited just like a professional crew – and their final film was screened to huge applause on the last day of the festival.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: The film screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

IMPACT & FEEDBACK: SnapTV was selected for the award winning Directing the Hero Within resource DVD.

First Fleet Back - collaborative anti-racist documentary
Coober Pedy Area School workshop 2 - Everyone’s A Hero
Port Augusta Council youth workshop 2 - Tanks
Mt. Gambier Council youth workshop 3 - Track of Death
Mallee Health youth workshop 2 - Cup Man
Murrayville Area School workshop 1
Partners
Media Resource CentreNational Indigenous TVTallstoreez ProductionzThe Search Foundation
First Fleet Back - collaborative anti-racist documentary2005 July - SA
Films Produced
First Fleet Back trailer - PLAY FILMFirst Fleet Back - Uncle Kevin vs the Queen - PLAY FILM

Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website and video links may contain images and voices of people who have died.

A multi-award winning half hour satirical documentary on racism and reconciliation, made 2003-2005 in collaboration with Arabunna Elder Kevin Buzzacott, broadcast nationally in 2007-2009 on National Indigenous TV.

Join the ‘Minister for Invasion Affairs’, vote now to de-colonize Australia and follow Aboriginal Elder Kevin Buzzacott’s thought-provoking struggle for self-determination and against racism.

In a blend of cinema verite, blaxploitation and satirical reality TV, Tallstoreez’  22-min hybrid documentary pushes the boundaries of the genre.

 

Available through Video Education Australasia VEA

Awards: Winner in 2 categories:

Audience Choice Award and Best Documentary Award
South Australian Short Film Festival, ZOOM Awards, April 2005

Broadcast on Australia’s National Indigenous TV July 2007.

Festivals to date include:

  • EthnoFilmFest Berlin, Germany, November 2007
  • FIFO International Documentary Film Festival, Tahiti, February 2007
  • The Dreaming Festival, Queensland 2006
  • Transmediale.06, Berlin, Germany, February 2006
  • East Timor Film Festival, Sydney January 2006
  • Sydney Indigenous Arts Festival 2005
  • Melbourne Underground Film Festival MUFF 2005
  • electrofringe 2005 Newcastle
  • WildSpaces Film Festival 2005 Australia
  • SA Short Film Festival, Adelaide, 2005
Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesCoober Pedy Area SchoolCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundOffice for YouthSA Film CorporationTAFE SATallstoreez Productionz
Coober Pedy Area School workshop 2 - Everyone’s A Hero2005 June - Coober Pedy SA
Films Produced
Everyones a Hero - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project worked with 20 students and teachers from the Coober Pedy Area School. In a series of workshops the students learnt essential digital media skills, scripting, story-boarding, filming, recording sound.
The aim was to address issues around bullying in the classroom.

PARTNERS: Office for Youth; Arts SA Healthy Initiatives; SA Film Corporation; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Coober Pedy Area School; TAFE SA; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: How do you speak back to a bully and reclaim the playground with your friends? Sometimes it takes the support of a magical friend to understand that everyone is a hero…
The film and production process were based on the student’s voice team, who had identified the need to talk about bullying. These primary school students wanted to screen their film to the whole school – which they did to huge applause.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: The film screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

IMPACT & FEEDBACK: EVERYONE’S A HERO was selected for the award winning Directing the Hero Within resource DVD.

Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundOffice for YouthPort Augusta Youth ServiceSA Film CorporationTallstoreez Productionz
Port Augusta Council youth workshop 2 - Tanks2005 June - Port Augusta SA
Films Produced
Tanks - PLAY FILMTag Dream - PLAY FILMShowing Ur True Colourz - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project worked with participants from Port Augusta  youth club and an Indigenous youth team from the Port Augusta Secondary School. In a series of workshops the students learned essential digital media skills, scripting, story-boarding, filming, recording sound.
The aim was to build in the ongoing outreach program and make digital media more accessible to regional and remote schools.

PARTNERS: Office for Youth; Arts SA Healthy Initiatives; SA Film Corporation; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Port Augusta Youth Service; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: Tanks: For most people the concrete tanks at the Lincoln Gap are just ugly ruins at the edge of the desert. But for some people it is a giant canvas, to reflect on – be it the teams they barrack for, Jesus or a place to proclaim eternal love…art, culture or… – decide for yourself.

The teams learned basic film making skills and were able to address issues ranging from mobile phone theft, graffiti and public art. Aimee Knight was accepted into the Flinders University Screen Studies with her films made during the 2005 Hero Project outreach program. In 2010 she is in her post graduate year and we expect to see amazing work from her in the coming years.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Tanks was selected for the award winning Directing the Hero Within resource DVD.

The film screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundLofty Youth ServiceMt. Gambier City CoucilOffice for YouthSA Film CorporationTallstoreez Productionz
Mt. Gambier Council youth workshop 3 - Track of Death2005 June - Mount Gambier SA
Films Produced
Track of Death - PLAY FILMAnimal Interviews 2 - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: 12 young people from Mt. Gambier and surrounding communities made a series of short films as part of our long term outreach program. The Hero Project ran ongoing workshops, networking with local schools and the community BushTV. Teamwork is essential to film-making and helped bridge the socio-economic boundaries of the group. Seeing mixed groups relate and share their stories is very encouraging in a world dominated by mistrust and prejudices.

PARTNERS: Office for Youth; Arts SA Healthy Initiatives; SA Film Corporation; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Loft Youth Service; Mt. Gambier City Council; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The team produced many films, from ‘extreme sports’ to nature mocu-mentaries that resonate across youth cultures. They had the opportunity to work with renown documentary film-maker Peter Wintonick and sound designer Jason Sweeney during two master classes. The workshops received news coverage on regional commercial channel WIN TV and gave accolade to the participants and their families.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Track of Death, Skater Boy and Animal Interviews I & II formed part of the award winning Directing the Hero Within DVD resource.

Their films broadcast on BushTV, which can transmit to the 20 000 homes in the Mt Gambier district.

The film screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

Partners
Arts SACountry Arts SAMallee Health Service IncTallstoreez Productionz
Mallee Health youth workshop 2 - Cup Man2005 June - Pinnaroo SA
Films Produced
Cup Man - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project was invited to run a digital media workshop with Primary School students at the Mallee Health Service Inc in Pinnaroo, as part of a long term regional engagement project.

PARTNERS: Country Arts SA, Arts SA, Mallee Health Inc, Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The youth worked with green screen and compositing software to realize their vision of a plastic cup 3-D animation. What started as a challenging project, as most of the participants where dropped off by their parents as a kind of Sunday day care, turned into a creative and unique project. The somewhat involuntarily participating youth had difficulties to engage in the concepts of film making, as they wanted to create animations and were not interested in documentary making. And as some of them were hellbent on destroying all plastic cups within reach, we challenged the group to make a film about plastic cups – Cup Man was born! The team took off, produced a story within a short time, storyboarded it and created their own animation set, oftne using the blue sky as a matte for their blue-screen color compositing. It was fabulous to see the group transform into a team within hours and make one of the most inventive Hero Project films to date.

Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundMallee Health Service IncMurrayville Area SchoolOffice for YouthSA Film CorporationTallstoreez Productionz
Murrayville Area School workshop 12005 June - Murrayville SA
Films Produced
Hating Nanna's - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project worked with 3 communities and schools in Murrayville, Pinnaroo and Karoonda in a series of workshops to train the students in digital media skills to script, storyboard, film, record sound, and create edit-in-camera films.

PARTNERS: Office for Youth; Arts SA Healthy Initiatives; SA Film Corporation; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Mallee Health Service Inc; Murrayville Area School; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The aim was to build on the ongoing outreach program and make digital media more accessible to regional and remote schools.The team made a series of fun and engaging short films, all made in under 3 hours!

The filmS screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

Dark Heart- Public art mobile video projection for tts australia
Karoonda Area School workshop 1
Port Augusta Council youth workshop 1 - Keepin’ It Country
Coober Pedy Area School workshop 1 - The Big Find
Mt. Gambier Council youth workshop 2 - Skater Boy
Mallee Health youth workshop 1 - Pinnaroo Surfer
Partners
Dark Heart- Public art mobile video projection for tts australia2005 May - SA
 

 

3 site specific interventionist, public video projections about the fear of terror:

created for the tts-australia bus tour, a nationwide performance by PVI collective, Perth.

Over 10 nights in May 2005 the works interacted with theatre performers, audience and the public, using mobile projectors at 3 different locations.

The series was developed during a mentorship with Craig Walsh, Brisbane, financially supported through Arts SA’s Established Artists Fund.

Watch – Dark Heart
Watch – Dark Heart – Behind the Scenes

 

 

pvicollective.com/projects/australia/

Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundKaroonda Area SchoolMallee Health Service IncOffice for YouthTallstoreez Productionz
Karoonda Area School workshop 12005 April - Karoonda SA

The Hero Project worked with 30 students at the Karoonda Area School, to introduce digital media and develop storytelling techniques.

The team, who had never made a film before, decided to tell a story about their school – the challenge was to make short films in-edit-camera – no going back, no editing, everything has to run as filmed…

Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundOffice for YouthPort Augusta Youth ServiceSA Film CorporationTallstoreez Productionz
Port Augusta Council youth workshop 1 - Keepin’ It Country2005 April - Port Augusta SA
Films Produced
Keepin' It Country - PLAY FILM

PROCESS: 15 young people from Port Augusta made this film as part of the ongoing Hero Project outreach program.
The Hero Project trained the participants in digital media skills to script, storyboard, film, record sound, and edit their films during a 3- day workshop.

PARTNERS: Office for Youth; Arts SA Healthy Initiatives; SA Film Corporation; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Port Augusta Youth Service; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: Country is a way of life, mate – meet the original cowboys at a Country & Western talent quest…
Aimee and her team made a beautiful short documentary about the local music festival. Keepin’ It Country shows that there is a lot more to Country & Western than meets the ear… One of most valuable lessons was to always monitor your sound – a fabulous interview with an up-and-coming star got lost in the rumble of the passing road trains…

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: The film screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

IMPACT & FEEDBACK: Aimee continued her progress as a young filmmaker and gained access to the Flinders University Screen Studies.

Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesCoober Pedy Area SchoolCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundOffice for YouthSA Film CorporationTAFE SATallstoreez Productionz
Coober Pedy Area School workshop 1 - The Big Find2005 April - Coober Pedy SA
Films Produced
The Big Find - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: 6 young people from Port Augusta made this film in the first 3-day workshop as part of the Hero Project outreach program. The Hero Project trained the participants in digital media skills to script, storyboard, film, record sound, and edit their films.

OUTCOMES: The team made an impressive short documentary about the impact of gambling on the local community. Their aim was to make a film about the pokies, to include different points of view from members of their community about this challenging issue.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: The state-wide no-pokies-campaign used the film to raise awareness about pokies.

The film screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundLofty Youth ServiceMt. Gambier City CoucilOffice for YouthSA Film CorporationTallstoreez Productionz
Mt. Gambier Council youth workshop 2 - Skater Boy2005 April - Mount Gambier SA
Films Produced
Skater Boy - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: 10 young people from Mt. Gambier and surrounding communities made a series of short film as part of a masterclass with world-renown filmmaker and SA Thinker in Residence, Peter Wintonick.
The Hero Project ran ongoing workshops, networking with local schools and the community BushTV. Teamwork is essential to film-making and helped bridge the socio-economic boundaries of the group. Seeing mixed groups relate and share their stories is very encouraging in a world dominated by mistrust and prejudices.

PARTNERS: Office for Youth; Arts SA Healthy Initiatives; SA Film Corporation; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Loft Youth Service; Mt. Gambier City Council; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: Skater Boy: A live report with the Extreme Team! At the opening of the local skate park, Chris and Travis speak with a professional skater about his worst stacks.
The team produced many films, from ‘extreme sports’ to nature mocu-mentaries that resonate across youth cultures. They had the opportunity to work with renown documentary film-maker Peter Wintonick and sound designer Jason Sweeney during two master classes. The workshops received news coverage on regional commercial channel WIN TV and gave accolade to the participants and their families.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS Their films broadcast on BushTV, which can transmit to the 20 000 homes in the Mt Gambier district.
The film screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

IMPACT & FEEDBACK: Track of Death, Skater Boy and Animal Interviews I & II formed part of the award winning Directing the Hero Within DVD resource.

Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundMallee Health Service IncOffice for YouthSA Film CorporationTAFE SATallstoreez Productionz
Mallee Health youth workshop 1 - Pinnaroo Surfer2005 April - Pinnaroo SA
Films Produced
Pinnaroo Surfer - The Original - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project continued its program in the Mallee with the second workshop in Pinnaroo. 3 local young people were involved in the production, with the support of the local youth and health workers.

PARTNERS: Office for Youth; Arts SA Healthy Initiatives; SA Film Corporation; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Mallee Health Service Inc; TAFE SA; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: Kade Richardson and Danah Ribbons discussed the impressions city folk have about them living in the country, and created a story about a local quirky character. Pinnaroo is over 300 km from the beach – but they do have their own surf beach and aren’t really worried about sharks…

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Pinnaroo Surfer formed part of the award winning Directing the Hero Within DVD resource. The film screened at Come Out 2007 Youth Film Fest at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.

MyHero International Film Festival 2007;

Little Big Shots International Film Festival 2008,

ABC TV 2009;

Lahore International Childrens Film Festival, Pakistan

Mt. Gambier Council youth workshop 1 - Animal Interviews
Come Out Youth Arts Festival workshop - Tidy Town
2004
Mallee Health youth intro workshop
Coober Pedy Indigenous youth workshop
Gepps Cross Girls High School workshops
Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesCountry Arts SA Regional Arts FundLofty Youth ServiceMt. Gambier City CoucilOffice for YouthSA Film CorporationTallstoreez Productionz
Mt. Gambier Council youth workshop 1 - Animal Interviews2005 March - Mount Gambier SA
Films Produced
Animal Interviews 1 - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project worked with 8 local youth and a number of council and arts officers were involved in an introduction to film-making, with the support of the Loft Youth Centre and Mt. Gambier City Council.

PARTNERS: Office for Youth; Arts SA Healthy Initiatives; SA Film Corporation; Country Arts SA Regional Arts Fund; Loft Youth Service; Mt. Gambier City Council; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The team decided to develop a story about the local skate park and also a series of nature documentaries. Please have a look at the other Mt. Gambier workshops in 2005 to see all the films they made.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Their final films and training documentations form part of the award winning Directing the Hero Within resource kit, ATOM winner 2006 for Best Educational Resource

Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesCome Out Australian Festival for Young PeopleTallstoreez Productionz
Come Out Youth Arts Festival workshop - Tidy Town2005 February - Adelaide SA
Films Produced
Tidy Town EIC - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project ran their first fast and furious master-class with a large school group from Melbourne. 30 students and their teachers had to create 4 stories and shoot their edit-in-camera films in 3 hours.

PARTNERS: Arts SA Healthy Initiatives; Come Out 2005; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: Their challenge was to compare cities – what do you like and dislike about Adelaide – and then represent this in a short film. Have you ever seen the world from out of a garbage bin ? Or been airlifted back to outer space in the middle of a major city ?…

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Their films have been screened hundreds of times across Australia to explain edit-in-camera techniques and key elements of creative storytelling (in under 3 hours!)

Partners
2004 Year Marker2004 December -
Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesMallee Health Service IncTallstoreez Productionz
Mallee Health youth intro workshop2004 November - Pinnaroo SA

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project ran an introductory workshop in Pinnaroo with the support of the Mallee Health Service. 3 local youth and a number of health and arts officers discussed how they could use video in their region and experimented with the cameras.

PARTNERS: Arts SA Healthy Initiatives; Mallee Health Service Inc; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The team decided to develop a story about the local quirky characters and locations and pitched their ideas to camera. Little did they know that this was the start to a long term and life changing process…

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Kade went on to produce a number of films, including the ABC series Pinnaroo Surfer. He got selected for the prestigous Flinders University Screen Studies

Partners
Arts SA Healthy InitiativesCoober Pedy CouncilTAFE SATallstoreez Productionz
Coober Pedy Indigenous youth workshop2004 November - Coober Pedy SA
Films Produced
Desert Gypsy - PLAY FILM

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project ran an introductory workshop in Coober Pedy, with the support of the local TAFE, aboriginal youth action council and other youth clubs. 8 Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth discussed how they could use video in their region and experimented with the cameras.

PARTNERS: Arts SA Healthy Initiatives; TAFE SA; Coober Pedy Council, AYAC; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The team, who never made a film before, decided to tell a story about the local op-shop. The owner, Desert Rose, runs an op-shop like no other…

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Come Out and Hero Project Festival at the Mercury Cinema 2007.

Partners
Come Out Australian Festival for Young PeopleGepps Cross Girls High SchoolTallstoreez Productionz
Gepps Cross Girls High School workshops2004 October - Adelaide SA

CHALLENGE: The Hero Project developed their unique training methodology during a 6 week program with 20 Middle School students at Gepps Cross Girls High School.

PARTNERS: Come Out Australian Festival for Young People; Gepps Cross Girls High School; Tallstoreez Productionz

OUTCOMES: The Hero Team were introduced to the hectic pace of incorporating media into class lessons. A big thank you to Michael Darley and the girls involved.

The students learnt basic team work, storytelling, camera and sound recording skills. One of the highlights was the compositing work using a green screen for interviews. Each student pitched her film idea to camera and the group.

IMPACT AND FEEDBACK: The teaching methodology we designed formed the proof of concept to develop the Hero Project to the next level, including multiple awards and a national outreach program.

Human Pastures - Adelaide City Council public art
Meltdown - SALA 2004 video projection
Cheap Holiday... - SALA 2003 mix media installation
2002
Holiday Camp - collaborative refugee documentary
Talking Realities Teenage Mums - educational design campaign
Partners
Human Pastures - Adelaide City Council public art2004 July - SA

The SA commissioned work commenced in July 2004 with Jennifer Lyons-Reid & Carl Kuddell’s Human Pastures projected in the shop front of 25 Leigh Street. Human Pastures cleverly toyed with the weekly ritual of grazing the aisles.

3-week shop-front video projection; waltz through the weekly ritual of grazing the aisles – from a child’s perspective, chained to the trolley on a consumer roller-coaster, experience the visual extravaganza of product placements.

Commissioned for the Luminosity Public Art Program of the Adelaide City Council and Australian Network for Art & Technology ANAT.

Find more images at: http://www.anat.org.au/luminosity/

Watch – Human Pastures

 

Partners
Meltdown - SALA 2004 video projection2004 June - SA

Shop-front video projection, for SALA 2004. Life size plastic toy soldiers with guns meltdown and resurrect into a tank as a petrol pump meter counts the fuel consumption.

Watch – Meltdown – the rise & fall of empire

 

Partners
Cheap Holiday... - SALA 2003 mix media installation2003 June - SA

Interactive video-installation for SALA 2003. A large screen projection of the harrowing scenes from the Woomera detention prison breakout in 2002 loops to the Australian national anthem, Advance Australia Fair. In the foreground a ‘photo-wall’ offers a photo opportunity for the audience and a TV monitor on the lounge chair captures the audience reactions to the event.

Partners
2002 Year Marker2002 December - SA
Partners
Holiday Camp - collaborative refugee documentary2002 July - Woomera SA
Films Produced
Holiday Camp trailer - PLAY FILMHoliday Camp 50min documentary - PLAY FILM

A confronting 1-hour documentary about refugee policy in Australia, translated into 8 languages and sold into multiple territories globally since 2002.

 

The pivotal action of the documentary is the 2002 Woomera refugee prison outbreak – after months of protests, including hunger strikes, 53 refugees escape during the Easter protest, supported by hundreds of outraged Australians.
After witnessing the outbreak the audience is invited to consider the complex issues arising from this border crossing; in particular the diversity of constructions about protest and activism.

Holiday Camp (Adelaide/Hamburg 2002) investigates the current Australian immigration policies, in the context of 200 years of colonization, connecting the issues of indigenous dispossession, genocide, and the incarceration of refugees.

It explores the implications of the mandatory detention system and the construction of national borders. ‘Holiday Camp’ challenges us to consider what risks do we take…

Holiday Camp -  how is your liberation bound up with mine?

 

The film screened in over 300 festivals and events around the world.
Selected screenings:

  • Documentary Film Festival Cairns, Australia, (July 2005)
  • SHURIFF (Seoul Human Rights Film Festival), South Korea (21-26 May 2004)
  • World Social Forum Film Festival, Mumbai, India (16-21 January 2004)
  • DOCOMANIA, New Plymouth, New Zealand, (7+8 November 2003)
  • WildSpaces Film Festival, 30 cites around Australia (1-3 August 03)
  • Sehsuechte03, International Students Film Festival, Berlin-Potsdam, (4 May 03)
  • Transmediale03, Berlin, Germany (4 February 03)
  • CounterConference Toronto, Canada (6 April 03)
  • 2nd European PGA-conference, Leiden, Netherlands (1-4 September 02),
  • Borderpanic Symposium, Sydney, Australia (11 September 02)
  • Electro Fringe, Newcastle, Australia (3 October 02)
  • Straight out of Brisbane (19 November 02)
  • Channel 31 Sydney and Melbourne (November 02)
  • European no-border-camp-campaign – convergences in Strasbourg, France (19- 30 July 02)
  • Jena, Germany (25-30 June 02)
Partners
Talking Realities Teenage Mums - educational design campaign1998 October - SA

Talking Realities 1998-2003: Concept, development, design and construction of an innovative visual performance display for a national youth peer education program about teenage parenting.

 

 

Drawing on the Hero Within - anti-bully cartooning school project & resource
Partners
Drawing on the Hero Within - anti-bully cartooning school project & resource1995 October - SA

Drawing on the Hero Within: ISBN: 0 646 37707 8; an empowering cartooning program, to challenge abusive behaviour. Developed, designed and implemented by Jennifer Lyons-Reid in a series of workshops in Adelaide schools between 1995 and 1998.

 Drawing On The Hero Within excerpt