Through the film and photography project, Future Voices New Mexico, middle school and high school students from more than 14 schools state-wide learn how to direct, shoot and edit three-minute films or learn darkroom and photography skills.
August 2013 kicked off the seventh year of Future Voices of New Mexico. Throughout the school year, students worked in and out of classrooms with professional filmmakers and photographers to develop three-minute films or shoot documentary and artistic still photographs. The 2013-2014 theme was “Family.”
The students were asked to chose one of the following categories for their work: Comedy, Documentary, Language, Mixed Media and Narrative. After production, the films and photographs were submitted to a panel of professional film and photography judges.
On March 25, 2014 the theater welcomed about 400 excited students for the annual award ceremony. The first, second and third place films and photos in each category were screened for the audience of students and film and photo professionals. The category winners were also presented with cash awards to the wild applause of their classmates.
On August 22, 2014 at 5 pm, Future Voices of New Mexico will present this year’s selection of short films produced by Native American youth at the fourth annual Native Film Festival. Ten films by emerging Native filmmakers ages 23 year and younger will be shown at the New Mexico History Museum auditorium during the Santa Fe Indian Market weekend of events. The event is free and open to the public and is held in partnership with The Lensic and the National Museum of the American Indian.
Future Voices received 23 submissions from youth representing Native groups in North America, including the (Diné) Navajo, Hidatsa (Sioux), Mi’gmaq Nation (Canada), and Santa Clara Pueblo.
Future Voices of New Mexico is made possible through a partnership involving The Lensic and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. For more information, visit FutureVoicesofNewMexico.org.
Below: Lensic Executive/Artistic Director Bob Martin speaks to students during the 2014 ceremony.