Summer Young Filmmaker Workshop at Kan-Kan Cinema
June 22, 2022


In this one-day workshop, we aim to encourage young, aspiring filmmakers’ love of film by engaging them in meaningful conversation about storytelling and filmmaking itself. Students will be introduced to the basic tools of film analysis with a feature-length screening, followed by a discussion led by Indianapolis-based educator and film lover, Dr. Raymond Haberski. Our goal is to challenge students to think critically and creatively about film. In the second half of the day, students will watch a series of short films created by Indiana filmmakers, after which they will participate in a Q&A session with the filmmakers themselves. In this segment, students will be encouraged to ask a wide range of questions. The ultimate aim of this portion of the workshop is to demonstrate that filmmaking in Indiana is accessible, achievable and unique.

DATE: June 22, 2022 

Moderator: Dr. Raymond Haberski, Jr – Professor of History and Director of American Studies, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Dr.

Haberski will be moderating the feature length portion of the program, encouraging students to engage critically with the filmic and thematic content of Kogonada’s Columbus. He will introduce the film, establishing ideas and themes for students to consider during their viewing, and will lead a discussion about these topics following the screening.

Filmmaker Panel:
Deonna Weatherly – Indiana based filmmaker, CEO of Weatherhouse Co.
Hannah Myers Lindgren – Indiana based documentary filmmaker, Tilt 23
Sam Mirpoorian – Indiana based, Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker

10:00am-11:30am: Introduction
11:30am-1:00pm: Feature Length Screening
1:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch & Discussion
2:00pm-4:00pm: Shorts Screening + Q&A
4:00pm-4:30pm: Recap and Goodbyes

The Indianapolis Film Project, Inc. (IFP), is a nonprofit organization on a mission to enrich our city through independent film exhibition, education and community engagement. In August 2021, we finally opened the Kan-Kan Cinema & Brasserie, a three-screen arthouse cinema, film-education complex and European-inspired restaurant (a for-profit tenant), located in the heart of the historic Windsor Park neighborhood on the near-eastside. As the city’s only dedicated, year-round arthouse cinema, this space fills a glaring gap in Indianapolis’s cultural canvas. The Kan-Kan brings independently produced films on all manner of topics to a venue that is designed to prompt and promote conversation, both formally and informally. This new building serves as our home base as we pursue our four mission programs: Film Education & Appreciation, Future Filmmakers Lab, Local Filmmakers Initiative and Audience Outreach.

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