#LetsModo to Quesnel and back with The Cinematheque
You already love them for the movies they play at The Cinematheque theatre on Howe and Helmcken, but did you know The Cinematheque team also does a travelling education program? Read about their recent trip to Quesnel aboard a Modo Dodge Grand Caravan.
Time to hit the road!
The Cinematheque’s Education Department has been carsharing with Modo since February 2013. We do community outreach, workshops, and video production classes all over the Lower Mainland, and since we often travel with filmmaking equipment, Modo has been an essential help in getting us to where we need to go throughout the year.
This December, Modo helped us with a long-distance project. Living Landscapes is a BC Arts Council-funded grant project that brings our Cinematheque video production workshops to regions all across the province. The team travelled to Quesnel for a seven-day video intensive at Correlieu Secondary School.
The snow tires were definitely needed on these roads.
After weighing our options, we settled on an orange Dodge Grand Caravan for its stow ‘n go seating, size and snow tires. With five camera kits, five large tripods and three people’s luggage, we definitely needed the space! In the end, the Grand Caravan proved to have plenty of room and was a spacious ride the whole way.
There’s always time to revisit some British Columbia film heritage!
We arrived in snowy Quesnel in roughly eight hours. Not bad despite temperatures being well below 0° day and night.
A thumbs-up is the universal sign for “we made it.”
All in all, we had a great experience teaching at Correlieu Secondary. During the first two days, students wrote and organized their films, spent another two days to film them, and had them edited and ready to show to the community two days later. On the Sunday of that week, the films were screened in the school theatre and followed-up with a great filmmaker Q&A.
Each group of filmmakers had the opportunity to answer questions about their process and their finished product after it was shown.
Our Education Team travels throughout BC and gets to meet some great students.
We didn’t realize we’d be snowshoeing to scout locations!
The Living Landscapes Filmmaking Tour will be visiting one more community in the spring of 2015, after which all of the student films will be made available online.
If you’d like to learn more about The Cinematheque and its Education Department you can visit our website – www.thecinematheque.ca – or come down to the theatre to take in some essential cinema.
Thanks again to Modo for helping to make this happen and to Correlieu Secondary for a great batch of films!
Thanks to the students for turning us on to a great local thrift store with a plentiful onesie selection.
Quesnel has some stunning views along the Fraser River Walk.