The Northwest Film Center will start the New Year with a new program aimed at teaching film fundamentals to at-risk youth.
Working in conjunction with homeless outreach charity New Avenues for Youth, the center in January will launch Project Viewfinder, a four-month crash course in media production for youth who are transitioning from homelessness.
Twelve homeless or formerly homeless young adults will join the program, working directly with the film center's faculty to create their own cinematic works. The finished films will be screened next spring at Whitsell Auditorium and other local events.
Last year, The Oregonian profiled a similar program from Outside In, which resulted in several student documentaries tackling issues such as homelessness, depression and self-identity.