Our Place is a collaborative filmmaking project between Knox City Youth Services and researchers from the School of Art at RMIT University. It is funded by RMIT University Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform. The key outcome for the project is a short documentary film produced by young people from the Knox City Community.
The films are intended to encourage creative responses to young people’s perspectives on about inclusion, gender and designing safe places for suburban communities. This project is focused on ideas of belonging, what makes the suburban experience unique and what makes Knox a special place to young people.
The project involves a series of three workshops led by Clare McCracken, a site-specific artist and RMIT teacher, and Jim Arneman, filmmaker, alongside the RMIT team and staff from Knox City Youth Services to develop skills in making documentary films. The workshops will focus on identifying a topic and narrative focus, filming and recording audio-visual material, the ethics of documentary and editing. It is hoped the short film will screen at Knox Youth Film Festival, Green Foot Flicks, held at Knox City Village cinemas in 2019. The films will also be screened in the RMIT Cinema Space and a reception held for participants and their friends and family in April 2019.
RMIT Researchers are keen to develop a report from the project which details participants experiences and also identifies a potential model to consider for future creative collaborations between an education institution and local government. They would also welcome a chance to develop a discussion paper with City of Knox Youth Services to inform future urban planning.
Research Project Team
Knox City Youth Services
Clare McCracken – Key RMIT Liaison, Co-leader and workshop facilitation
Jim Arneman – Technical Facilitation
Dr Kristen Sharp – Co-Leader and researcher
Dr Angela Clarke – Researcher
Dr Grace McQuilten - Researcher
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