Through the Future Voices of New Mexico project, a collaboration of The Lensic and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, middle and high school students throughout New Mexico learn photography skills and how to direct, shoot, and edit short films.
Left photo: Connie Schaekel, Lensic director of community relations, congratulates a student winner during the April 2015 awards ceremony. Right photo: A group of students stands outside The Lensic prior to the awards ceremony.
October 2015 kicked off the ninth year of Future Voices of New Mexico. Throughout the school year, students will work in and out of classrooms with professional filmmakers and photographers to develop three-minute films or shoot documentary and artistic still photographs. This year's Future Voice's theme is "fire."
The students will be asked to chose one of the following categories for their film work: Comedy, Documentary, Language, Mixed Media and Narrative. After production, the films and photographs will be submitted to a panel of professional film and photography judges.
Each spring, The Lensic welcomes some 600 excited students for the annual award ceremony. The first, second and third place films and photos in each category are screened for the audience of students and film and photo professionals. The category winners are also presented with cash awards.
For the 2014-15 school year, 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, and to view the work of Future Voices award winners visit FutureVoicesofNewMexico.org.