First Ever Film Camp Held in Mescalero
MESCALERO – December 18, 2015 – In early December of this year, Pascal Enjady – employee at Mescalero’s Nde Bizaa Language Program and filming expert, envisioned youth in Mescalero learning and applying the techniques of what it means to make a movie.
Mr. Enjady wanted to expose interested youth in basic film operations complete with script writing, producing, and compiling short videos/documentaries just to list a few.
He pitched his idea to youth outreach programs located in Mescalero and received a huge response in the enthusiasm of collaboration among interested departments and programs which include Native Connections, Mescalero Prevention Program, Youth Development, Mescalero Tribal Fish Hatchery, Mescalero Community Library, Mescalero Violence Against Women, Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Nde Youth Council, Indian Child Welfare Act, Mescalero Responsible Gaming Program and Mescalero Tribal Human Services.
As a result of extensive brainstorming, Nde Bizaa Winter Youth Film Camp emerged. The camp will be conducted over the course of two weeks with a Hollywood-like premiere after the camp has ended to showcase the youth’s abilities of film making they obtained.
“We are excited to hold this Nde Bizaa Youth Film Camp for our local youth. We have sought applications and, we believe, we have found a great group of kids to complete this project. By providing this camp, we want to show our kids the value of Media Arts plus an art form to express their feelings.”- Pascal Enjady, Nde Bizaa Language Program.
Most of the camp will be held at the Mescalero Empowerment Complex near the Tribal Offices in Mescalero. Participates will also be touring other media facilities in the surrounding area or attending video conferences with special speakers from across the country.
The first week, December 21-23, participants will be shown how to script write, editing techniques, production, and the art of acting. The following week, December 28-30, producing, directing, and compiling short videos/documentaries will be on the agenda for participants. Approximately two weeks after, the premiere will be scheduled for public viewing.
All equipment and learning tools will be provided by the Nde Bizaa Language Program. Instructors and guest speakers will include local and national experts in media arts.
Tree Kadayso, Native Connections Youth Coordinator, “This opportunity is HUGE for the youth of our community. Our hope at the end of the Film Camp is that they are enlightened on opportunities beyond their imagination! I’m especially thankful that as a community department we are working together for our youth!”
“I cannot be more prouder of the community’s support in this endeavor and it would not be possible without help from all of them.” – Pascal Enjady, Nde Bizaa Language Program.