Category: Digital Story

Sharing Community Stories

By Lorna Boschman and Venay Felton “Every time I do a workshop or workshop series, we have an exhibition or a reading. At a film festival, they are screening everything. There’s nothing like it: the audience reaction and the crowd and the people. It’s encouraging. The participants realize: ‘Oh, we want to do it.’ ” […]

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Designing Digital Storytelling Programs

By Lorna Boschman and Venay Felton During our initial research interviews, mentors and facilitators shared what they’d learned about Community Digital Storytelling (CDS), based on their years of experience. All of the program designs discussed here share characteristics with the first model we looked at: Working with Communities as a Filmmaker and Mentor. In the […]

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How Mentors Support Community Co-Creation

By Lorna Boschman and Venay Felton Community Digital Storytelling grows out of our experiences in the world, shared as stories. Our strategy, as mentors developing new approaches to storytelling, is to create and hold open a receptive and welcoming space.  As a result of our choices in workshop structure, facilitators and mentors hold open a […]

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Healing power of community digital storytelling

By Deblekha Guin, Lorna Boschman and Venay Felton “Trauma, illness and grief create frightening forests of pain, with unfamiliar roads…. In such a context, listening to stories suggests myriad pathways out of dark forests.” Dr. SunWolf “Folks who join a community workshop have a story to tell. They feel better sharing it. So even in […]

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Emergence of Community Digital Storytelling (in this region and beyond)

By Deblekha Guin, Lorna Boschman and Venay Felton WHAT is Community Digital Storytelling? Participatory media, video ethnography, community-based production, place-based storytelling, community-located filmmaking These are but a few of the many phrases that have been used over the years to describe the sector/movement/field that we’ll be calling Community Digital Storytelling (CDS) in this series of […]

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Telling community digital stories

Written by Lorna Boschman and Venay Felton It began at a meet-and-greet in an older Vancouver theatre. Arts council funding officers suggested programs from the stage, while artists and arts administrators listened. Lorna sat beside Venay and the conversation began:  “And what do you do?”“Digital storytelling.”“And you?”“Well, I do digital storytelling too.” In this way, […]

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Community digital stories come alive!

At this time of year, it is nice to look back to see what led up to today. I’ve led digital storytelling workshops with Sebnem Ozpeta at grunt gallery for the past two years. Much of the work co-created during those workshops is featured on this site. They are stories that begin with the Mount […]

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Tips on Listening to Digital Storytellers

We don’t usually think about how we listen to storytellers. We sometimes forget that one of the most important ways to support someone who is trying to tell a story is to listen. I’ve worked with novice directors for many years. Deep and engaged listening is vital when learning about someone else’s point of view […]

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