Project Viewfinder

These films were created in 2013 and 2014 by 10 young adults (ages 19-26) transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Mentored by School of Film faculty, they worked behind and in front of the cameras for a number of weeks to reflect on the causes of, and possible solutions to, youth homelessness, using their life experiences as the focus. All of the 10 participants created one or more films in 2013. Five of the participants returned in 2014 to create an additional film about their life one year later. The 2014 films show what a difference a year can make on the long path to self-sufficiency.

Our thanks go to the following social service agencies who referred and supporting the youth during the project: New Avenues for Youth, p:ear, Outside In, SMYRC, BCC-TV, and Blanchet House. Our thanks also to The Wheeler Foundation for financial support. Please see our Flickr page for photos of Project Viewfinder film premieres in the Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

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Project Viewfinder

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PROJECT VIEWFINDER is an outreach effort of the Northwest Film Center School of Film that teaches the tools of filmmaking to young adults from underserved populations in Portland, Oregon.

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