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Changing Young Lives Through Film

Project Viewfinder is an outreach effort of the School of Film that teaches the tools of filmmaking to young adults from underserved populations. Working with School faculty members, participants create short films to help educate the community about timely issues.

"Project Viewfinder gives youth a chance to draw out their individual talents.  They are motivated to believe in themseles after so many others have given up on them." 
- Sue Hays, New Avenues for Youth

Project Viewfinder 2014
Donate now to support a second year of this important project.  A new group of disadvantaged individuals will receive the opportunity to tell their stories, while we continue to support the 2013 participants through internships, scholarships and facilitation of entry-level employment.

Project Viewfinder 2013
Last year, with New Avenues for Youth, Outside In, p:ear and other social service organizations, 10 young adults transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency created a series of short films about the causes of, and possible solutions to, the problem of youth homelessness.  Their films premiered to a packed house in the Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum, and are now available online.

2013 Participant Survey

  • 100% created a personal documentary film about their homelessness
  • 50% attended a follow-up School of Film workshop on scholarship
  • 40% want to attend a School of Film college credit class on scholarship

2013 Audience Survey

  • 84% said that projects like these are of great value to the community 
  • 70% said that the films show that there are misconceptions about homeless
  • 63% said that it is clear that there are solutions to homelessness

Meet the 2013 Viewfinders | See the films | View behind-the-scenes photos |Watch the inspiration.


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