Filmmaking for Change

Independent filmmakers Kimberlee Bassford and Henry Mochida will be leading a one-day class on “Filmmaking for Change: Building Online Community and Empowerment Through Filmmaking.” It’s part of the Outreach College at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The class will be held this Saturday, Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $35.

Bassford describes it as “a class on filmmaking and social media,” geared to educators that want to bring filmmaking into the classroom but also non-profits and businesses that are eager to get their message out to the community.

“No experience necessary,” Bassford adds.

The official course description reads:

Want to excite and energize 21st century students? Want to spark social change to mobilize a community? Filmmaking is a highly collaborative team-building, educational and empowering experience that can be used to supplement an existing curriculum or to inspire an online community. In this one day workshop participants learn strategies to effectively integrate socially responsible content creation into the classroom through the process of filmmaking. Review basic social network campaign strategies to employ filmmaking as a community mobilizer. Become a content creator today and participant in shaping how we image the world tomorrow!

Bassford, who owns Making Wave Films, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who graduated from Punahou Schools and holds a B.A. in psychology from Harvard and a Masters in journalism from the University of California at Berkley.

Mochida is a a PhD student studying filmmaking at the UH Academy for Creative Media. His thesis film premiered at HIFF. He’s worked on over 100 productions.

Guest speakers will include George David DeLuca of Bess Press and George del Barrio.

Ryan Ozawa

Ryan Kawailani Ozawa has immersed himself in new technologies and online communities since the days before the web. From running a dial-up BBS in the early '90s to exploring today’s dynamic world of "Web 2.0" and social media, he has long embraced and evangelized the ways in which technology can bring people together.