10 September 2010

Tuesday evening saw filmmakers and members of the community coming together to watch a culmination of 12 months of hard work and collaboration between tenantspin and a variety of participants from across the city. The excellent turnout and atmopshere was a testament to the filmmakers, and to those who came to see a body of work that reflects a city changing at a pace that can often be hard to keep up with.

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Some of the work reflected times gone by; Laura Yates and Jon Turton's digital story telling workshops gave older residents an opportunity to reflect on moments gone by in a poignant and personal manner. Whereas films like From Hongfield to Anfield by North Liverpool residents showed the feelings of uncertainty and change during a regeneration overhaul.

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Filmmaking means different things to different people and working with a variety of men and women across Liverpool (and Helsinki) has shown me that it is always important to keep an open mind and as well as trying to teach, to try and learn from people's vastly differing experiences. Many of these experiences were shown in Tuesday's showcase, which varied from Digital Stories to comedy, and documentary.

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As important as the process of making the films is, screening the work is equally as rewarding. The filmmakers and residents' experiences of filmmaking is as different as they are. Some have had work screened in the past, others had never touched a camera before. However I hope they all shared in feeling proud of their films and the hard work they have put in over the last 12 months. Community filmmaking gives the opportunity for opinions to be voiced and ideas to be shared. The people of this city will always have a voice and they should always be listened to.