Home is Where The Hall is

Home is Where the Hall is

Films celebrating community

John Wood
Actor John Wood, narrator of
‘Home is Where the Hall Is’

Last year the current Premier of Victoria, Ted Baillieu, launched Home is Where the Hall Is, Open Channel’s first regional initiative with Regional Arts Victoria in the town of Nathalia.

With support from Film Victoria, Open Channel worked with locals to create an 8-part mini-doc series that pays tribute to the local halls in Regional Victoria and the importance they play within the community.

The series was inspired by Regional Arts Victoria’s Home Is Where the Hall isprogram which was designed to re-invigorate activities in community and town halls across the state. To celebrate the significance of their local halls, a range of events were held by the participating communities.

Narrated by acclaimed actor – John Wood (Blue Heelers, Offspring, Underbelly) the series was filmed by recent Open Channel graduates and emerging regional screen practitioners. Open Channel is currently in discussion with a number of interested parties to broadcast the series.

Open Channel Executive Director, Jennie Hughes, was excited by the opportunity to work with the regional community on this initiative. “The wonderful stories that the filmmakers captured provide us with a real sense of community that is Regional Victoria. We’re also excited that this is the first of our partnerships with Regional Arts Victoria, we hope it will be the first of many”.

Lindy Allen, Former Director Regional Arts Victoria says the project was a highlight of the year for everyone involved, “The filmmakers involved did a beautiful job in capturing the many touching moments during the first year of this program and we will all enjoy their work for many years to come.”

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Brigalong Filmmaking Training a Success!

Brigalong Filmmaking Training & Film Festival a Success!

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Last year the Victorian town of Brigalong (population 1,075) hosted its first ever film festival. In the weeks prior Open Channel delivered Filmmaker Training to a group of emerging filmmakers in the Brigalong region to generate local content for the Film Festival.

Open Channel conducted filmmaking workshops in the run-up to Brigalong’s first ever film festival. People aged 8 to 80 participated in the Silent Film workshop, for beginners, and a Short Documentary workshop; workshop films were screened in the festival. Brigalong Film Festival was presented by the National Film and Sound Archive (a division of Film Victoria) and supported by Open Channel.

After a tumultuous week of flooding, locals braved the cold then a power blackout, to attend the premiere screening of the films made during the festival’s Fast Filmmaking Challenge.

Presented by the National Film and Sound Archive (a division of Film Victoria) and supported by Open Channel, there were eight films showcased in the festival lineup that were created in the Open Channel workshops the week before; The Silent Filmmaking Workshop on the Saturday in which beginner participants created a story out of images and put them to music, and The Short Documentary Workshop on Sunday, in which advanced participants shot and edited an interview with a town character, finding twenty cutaways that added value to the story.

The festival drew together an eclectic bunch of filmmakers, mainly from Briagolong, but some had travelled from as far as Port Welshpool and Lake Narracan; amongst the mix were nine year-olds, university students, and retirees, filming on a wide range of devices from mobile phones through to video cameras. All filmmakers had to plan, prepare and shoot their films in a day, during which they encountered some rather unpredictable rain events and dramas such as included last minute interviewee changes. The results were fantastic – captivating the audience with a showcase of local scenery and characters.

Check out the website for more information and check out the showreel for festival highlights!

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Yarnin Films Screened at Shepparton Emerging Voices Festival

Shepparton’s ‘Emerging Voices’ Festival screens Yarnin films

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Uncle Lenny Clarke

Open Channel and YARNIN Pictures were proud to be part of SheppARTon ‘Emerging Voices’ Festival on March 10th 2013 – a perfect platform for the Shepparton launch of the indigenous ‘YARNIN’ web series.

Yarnin is a mobile training program travelling throughout Victoria working with local Aboriginal communities to record their history of Land Rights from an insider’s perspective. The program records detailed interviews from which short documentaries are produced and screened online, and on other platforms.

Yarnin was conceived by Bobby Nicholls, Rebecca McLean and John Harding and is produced in conjunction with Victorian screen organisation Open Channel.

Supported by Film Victoria, the Australian Government Office of the Arts, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, the aim of Yarnin is to record audio-visual history whilst training a new generation of Indigenous filmmakers and journalists. This is the first time Aboriginal Land Rights in Victoria has been fully explored in a concise and detailed media project.

Open Channel Executive Director Marc Gracie comments, “Open Channel is proud to be a part of the Yarnin Project – a significant film project which serves to both preserve our important Aboriginal cultural heritage for future generations, and also to train the next generation of Aboriginal filmmakers here in Victoria.”

Yarnin program facilitators Rebecca McLean, Bobby Nicholls, and Johnny Harding, along with the young filmmakers, launched the Yarnin’ website in Shepparton on Sunday March 10 along with Open Channel Executive Director Marc Gracie.

The Yarnin films won prizes for Best Local Film and Best Festival Theme in the Shepparton Shorts Film Festival.

Festival info: www.sheppARTonfestival.org.au

Yarnin Survival Day Celebrations in Warrnambool

Yarnin Indigenous documentaries premiere at SURVIVAL DAY celebrations in Warrnambool

MargaretYarnin Pictures in association with Open Channel presented the first films of the series: Yarnin – A History of Land Rights in Victoria. at Gunditjmara Survival Day, 26 January 2013 in Warrnambool.

Yarnin was conceived by Bobby Nicholls, Rebecca McLean and John Harding and is produced in conjunction with Open Channel.

A mobile training program, Yarnin travels throughout Victoria working with local Aboriginal communities to record their history of Land Rights from an insider’s perspective. The program records detailed interviews from which short documentaries are produced and screened online, and on other platforms.

Supported by Film Victoria, the Australian Government through the Office of the Arts and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, the aim of Yarnin is to record audio-visual history whilst training a new generation of Indigenous filmmakers and journalists. This is the first time Aboriginal Land Rights in Victoria has been fully explored in a concise and detailed media project.

The Tarerer Gunditj Survival Day Concert and cultural festival event was officially launched with a WELCOME TO COUNTRY, followed by the launch of the Yarnin documentaries by Aboriginal activists Bobby Nicholls and John Harding, and Producer Rebecca McLean. Local bands performed well into the night.

Open Channel Executive Director Marc Gracie comments, “Open Channel is proud to be a part of the Yarnin Project – a significant film project which serves to both preserve our important Aboriginal cultural heritage for future generations, and also to train the next generation of Indigenous filmmakers here in Victoria.”

Greek Film Festival: Teacher Filmmaker Bootcamp

Greek Film Festival: Teacher Filmmaker Bootcamp

greek film festival audienceThe Greek Film Festival has for the past three years ran a Student Film Festival, in which students from Primary, Secondary and University can submit short films. The films are generally produced by students in groups, under the guidance of their teachers.

This year, to support teachers with the production of these films, the Greek Community of Melbourne (which operates the Greek Film Festival) offered filmmaking workshops to these teachers, which also contributed towards their professional development.

The Open Channel Filmmaking Bootcamp took place onsite at the Greek Community of Melbourne’s community centre in Lonsdale Street. The introductory course provided teachers with the basic skills to produce a solid short film, with improved production values, which were then screened, as part of the competition, at the Greek Film Festival.

The teachers were enthusiastic – and some of them extremely competitive – the competition is a tight! For further information about the Festival visit: www.greekfilmfestival.com.au