Astoria, OR – Student documentaries from Lewis and Clark National Historical Park’s 2010 Film Camp are now on line on YouTube.com and will soon be available on the park’s web site. This was the second year that the park partnered with the award-winning non-profit, NW Documentary (nwdocumentary.org), to offer film-making classes to regional youth.
Nine students from the Pacific Northwest participated in this year’s film camp. The students interviewed local and regional experts and gathered oral histories to produce the following three films:
A Peek at the Early Days of Logging on the Netul River explores the largest historic log-rafting yard at the mouth of the Columbia through historic photos and video and the recollections of one employee. The log raft yard is one of the park’s most visible historic features.
Conservation by Design: The Yeon Legacy seeks to solve a mystery involving one of the Northwest’s most influential architects and the park’s new learning center along the Oregon coast.
Brain Tanning: A Way to Connect to our Past explains the ancient art through modern practitioners.
A fourth film, Behind the Scenes, documents the students’ experiences and the process of filming the documentaries.
“These film camps help us do three exciting things,” said Superintendent David Szymanski. “First, they help us engage members of the community in an exploration of their history and heritage. Second, they teach the next generation to communicate in a medium they find relevant and fascinating. Lastly, they produce great films for visitors, web viewers and our partners.”
Films from the 2009 class won honorable mention at the KCTS My Parks Digital Storytelling Competition and were featured at the 2010 Far North Conservation Film Festival. Planning is underway for the 2011 camp. Film subjects might include the Chinook Nation’s construction of a longhouse at the park’s Middle Village unit, the search for the real Dismal Nitch, and the excavation of historic tidal channels along the Netul River.