• Katie Caldwell

Making Media That Matters #13

It was the next to last week of Making Media That Matters and I was already mourning. I don’t want it to end! I have very long, draining, tedious Fridays, full of meetings and deadlines; but when I walk into our film space, I feel joy in what I do. I’m a social worker and teacher, which means that my job often revolves around tense and difficult conversations and stories – the struggles of someone putting their life back together. So, walking into a space where I’m greeted with big grins, dancing teenagers, and snapchat selfies feels pretty fun.

I arrived early and chatted with the participants, who were busy creating their film sets. All 3 crews filmed in the collective this week, which took a little logistical planning. I headed into the back room, and walked right into a bedroom. “Whoa! This looks amazing!” I yelled. There was a fully-made bed, a lamp on a nightstand, and pictures on the wall. “I know, right?” one student answered, “It’s cuter than my own bedroom!”

Vera called us together for our opening circle and question. This week, I asked, “What has been your favorite part about this program?” (I told you I was feeling nostalgic!) Many mentors talked about the students’ creativity in writing stories, as well as watching students fall into their film roles (director, assistant director, editor, etc.). Several students mentioned that the relationships and friendships they’ve made are what will stick with them.

One student admitted that because she’d attended several film camps with Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking (prior to this program) she didn’t think she’d have a lot to learn, but she was wrong! (How cute is that?) Another student answered that watching her story idea come to life was thrilling. A mentor told us that her favorite part is watching the students gain confidence as the filming progresses. I agree with it all! I told the group that I LOVE the first day of filming; the excitement in the air, the furrowed brows, how they manage to work together and problem-solve…it’s hands-down my favorite part of MMTM.