$125 – $225

Documentary Filmmaking Summer Camp For Adults 55 Up: My Life On Video

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Takoma Park Community Center

7500 Maple Avenue

Takoma Park, MD 20912

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Everyone has a story to tell, including you! In this two week weekday workshop for people ages 55+, you will learn how to share a story from your life through the power of video. The documentary filmmaking skills you learn here can be applied towards other projects should you decide that there are more films to make in your future.

Using photographs, interviews, music, and narration, you will create a 2-5 minute video which you can share with family and friends. In the process, you will learn the basics of video production and editing with help from the instructor and your fellow students. We will provide video cameras and access to the Mac video editing stations in the multi-media lab. Most importantly, you will have FUN learning in a collaborative nurturing environment.

At the end of the camp, we will upload your video online (either to YouTube or a private Vimeo link) if you choose to share it with friends and family. Some projects may also be shared (with your permission) at Docs In Progress' Community Stories Festival in November.


This camp has a maximum of eight participants and meets Monday - Friday from 12 PM - 3 PM at the Takoma Park Community Center. Dates June 10-21.

**PLEASE NOTE: You do NOT need to bring any equipment. All filmmaking equipment will be provided by the camp.

This program is being organized by Docs In Progress in collaboration with the Takoma Park Recreation Department. It is made possible through support from the City of Takoma Park. If you are on SSI or Medicaid, needs-based scholarships are available.

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OLHA ONYSHKO

Documentary filmmaker and multimedia producer, Olha Onyshko’s first film, Three Stories of Galicia, a story of humanism in the midst of atrocities during and after World War II, premiered in 2010. Screened in 12 countries and translated into four languages, the film sparked a debate over historic memory and its role in current events. Onyshko’s short films include The Wheat Job, about the 2015 Washington, DC, construction of the Holodomor Memorial (in honor of victims of the 1932-1933 Ukrainian artificial famine orchestrated by the Soviet regime), Where Do The Children Play? (Telly Award), and videos for organizations including the National Park Service, The World Bank, United Nations, U.S. Department of Education, Global Health and Johns Hopkins University. Her latest film Women of Maidan is her second feature documentary, and while editing the film she began to coordinate efforts between physicians and volunteers to bring wounded Ukrainian soldiers to the U.S. for life-saving medical treatment. In 2014 she received recognition by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Embassy of Ukraine to the U.S. for her extraordinary work.

Prior to filmmaking, Onyshko began her career as a broadcast journalist in her hometown of Lviv, Ukraine. She later became active in political campaigns, supported free and fair elections in her newly independent country, and advocated through nationwide educational campaigns for democracy and human rights.

When Onyshko moved to the U.S. in 2002, she sought a way to continue to broadcast her voice back home, so worked as an anchor, writer and producer for Voice of America. While working toward an MFA at American University 2006-2009, she transitioned into documentary film. She hoped that filmmaking would become her vehicle to speak out, but she never imagined that it would send her on a joyful journey to discover the artist inside herself.

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