by Tracy Rector, Longhouse Media
Longhouse Media recently celebrated 5 years of community filmmaking in January. It’s been a roller coaster of a ride and one filled with surprises at every turn. This year has been no exception at all, especially since we have been programming at the Shoshone- Bannock Tribes in Fort Hall, ID.
This August marked our first extended summer program at the ShoBan Reservation with the H.E.Y. Project. It was filled with many experiences both great and challenging, everything from run away escaped convicts and the threat of grizzlies to brilliant young filmmakers with not only an eye for composition but a keen interest in editing. We witnessed tee pee raisings, culture week, wild horses, buffalo, rez dogs, bareback horse relays and much more.
Our time in Idaho culminated with an afternoon in which we showcased the films from the first half of our programming year in the Council Chambers. The screening included a few videos from our then current summer trip, which was a great treat for the students who produced them. The event was well attended (including a LEAD Cohort from WA State) and everyone seemed to enjoy the pieces. The students who produced the films were acknowledged and were especially proud. This was a good chance to interface with some parents and other community members.
We look forward to sharing these unique pieces created in this beautiful tribal community with you one day. Check our website, You Tube Channel and Facebook for video links and updates reflecting the great production work of the ShoBan youth. We look forward to the next two years of new works from our program at Fort Hall.