Presented by Kick Start Arts Society
Season Two Out Now!
WHAT WE DO
The Regent Park Project is a hands-on film-making initiative. Young people, ranging in age from 13-27, receive free training in acting, writing, and production, and participate in multiple professional opportunities and workshops from within the industry.
Real Filmmaking Experience
They then participate in all aspects of film creation; idea generation, script writing, blocking, design, filming and editing. As this is happening, professional artists offer their time and expertise as mentors.
Bringing Stories to Life
The tangible end product is a series that explores stories meaningful to the youth-participants, and drawn from their own ‘lived experiences’.
The Stars of the Regent Park Project
Photo Credit: Kristine Cofsky
The central mission of Kick Start Arts is to use the arts to empower young people to express themselves through the creative process, and in doing so engage diverse communities in thought and collaboration. The Regent Park Project is a prime example of this. This hands-on film-making initiative, offers young people ranging in age from 13-27, an opportunity to participate in free training in acting, writing, and production. They then participate in all aspects of the filming of our on-going web series - collaborating with professional artists who offer their time and expertise as mentors.
The tangible end product is an engaging web-series that explores stories meaningful to the youth-participants, and inspired by their own ‘lived experiences’. Our unique collaborative process allows participants to develop significant skills as actors, as members of the production crew, and as creators of the original content. Many of our youth now have acting agents, are following their dreams at various post-secondary institutions, and are engaging in internships, including at Boat Rocker Media, and Kim’s Convenience.
Just as importantly as the professional skills gained, our youth have learned a lot about one another, and what it means to be a citizen-artist in our diverse country. Art plays an intrinsic role in identity formation, both personal and social, and can be a powerful tool for social justice. By collaborating and creating with others whose backgrounds are different than their own, by sharing their stories, the youth involved in the Regent Park Project hope to create an opportunity for dialogue and connection with each other and the world.
Artistic Director: Sheena D. Robertson
Lead Mentor Artists:
- Wendy Anderson
- Daniel Grant
- Ausar Stewart