BY KATIE GREISIGER, GILBERT, USA - About five months ago I graduated from college and found myself asking a lot of questions about the future and what I thought I pictured myself doing. I knew I was searching for insight and fulfillment in life and wanted to learn about different people and discover new things. Too bad traveling after college is expensive when you're paying back student loans and normally Phoenix isn't the most abundant home of insightful agenda or news.
Participating on the Zambia film projects is inspiring, thrilling, a lot of work but well worth the lack of sleep (or a weekend :) I developed a strong interest in indi film a few years back and have volunteered on film festival staff for over three years now. Knowing that media is a strong antidote to our somewhat lack of public education in our country, I understand the importance of giving the citizens of Zambia a voice in our mainstream culture through indi film.
The first indi film produced in Zambia, BAD TIMING, and the documentary recording its journey, THE VOICE OF AN AFRICAN NATION, are building a strong relationship between two cultures: and the catallyst was Mesa Community College. This is what makes my job on the project worthwhile. Helping gain publicity and press for this project will be a new discovery for myself as I am teaching others. I know that everyone on the team has the passion and dedication needed for those great feature news stories and their excitement and interest are reason enough to volunteer. Not to mention, our collaboration and efforts will help strengthen and build a young flim industry in Zambia. We will be teachers in Zambia but we will also be students learning and appreciating the strong connections that we will make along this journey.
My blog, along with the rest of the Zambia team, will detail the path towards the completion of the first documented film in Zambia and the documentary about the making of that film.
Maybe Phoenix just got a little more interesting.