Members of Outside the Frame, an organization that teaches homeless youth how to produce their own films, will host a panel at Pacific University on April 23 to showcase their work.
Outside the Frame is a nonprofit organization that gives homeless youth camera and video production training. The program’s goal is to empower homeless youth by helping them tell their stories through film to help educate the public about the issues they face.
The panel on April 23, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in Scott Hall 221, will include a pizza meal and drink mixer, followed by the film presentation at 7:00 p.m. After the presentation, some filmmakers from the program will be available for a question and answer session with audience members.
The films shown at the panel will contain both films made as creative outlets and films made as works of activism. The films seek to break stereotypes of how homeless people are seen and attempt to generate support for laws that address homelessness’s systemic causes.
The films will share stories about the cycle of homelessness, interviews with participants from Outside the Frame’s 2017 summer workshops and an activist piece supporting the Right to Rest Act.
The showing will include two narrative films, one a parody of Peter Pan and the other about conversations that happen during a haircut. Some films may not be shown in their entirety due to time limitations.
The panel, which is being sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Media Arts department and the School of Social Sciences, will feature filmmakers from a variety of Outside the Frame programs.
The question and answer session for after the screening will have no set topic, so audience members will be free to ask whatever they like.
Media Arts Professor Jennifer Hardacker, who has worked to help bring Outside the Frame to Pacific, said she is excited about the opportunity for both students and the visiting filmmakers.
“We’re talking about a population whose story is often told for them,” Hardacker said. “These kids clearly have something to say, and our presence supports them.”
Nili Yosha, executive director of Outside the Frame, is also excited about panel and the experience it will offer Pacific students.
“Meeting a human being is the best way to get a new perspective on something, and film is the second best way,” Yosha said. “It’s something that changes the lives of everyone involved.”
Further information on Outside the Frame can be found at otfpdx.org.