August 1, 2014

Local organizations to apply for short film initative

Kansas Humanities Council  (KHC) invites museums, historical societies, public libraries, and other Kansas non-profit civic and cultural organizations to apply for a special short film initiative, “Turning Points: Stories of Change.”
KHC will partner with four organizations to develop five-minute short films that explore change in each of their communities. The deadline for applications is July 31.
This project is supported by a generous gift from Suzi Miner in memory of Kansas historian Craig Miner.
What is a turning point? Applicants are encouraged to think of it as an idea, event, action, or moment in time that directly caused decisive change in their community. This change can be social, cultural, or economic, but one that has ultimately and significantly affected a community’s way of thinking or doing.
“KHC is grateful for the gift from Suzi Miner as part of KHC’s 40th anniversary,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “The ‘Turning Points’ initiative will give Kansas communities an opportunity to examine the circumstances and impact of change, come to a better understanding of the ways in which their own community adapts, and then, hopefully, integrates these stories into future planning.”
Each organization’s film will stand alone, but all four of the Turning Points stories will also be compiled into a longer film and premiered locally at each of the partner locations. Filmmaking experience is not required; KHC will provide professional filmmakers to do the production design, location shooting, and post-production. Organizations selected can expect opportunities to meet and share inspiring stories, develop new community partnerships, and tell their community’s story within a larger state initiative.
More information, including a promotional video, eligibility requirements, and application for “Turning Points: Stories of Change,” can be found at LINK or by calling (785) 357-0359.
KHC is a non-profit organization that supports community- based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities.

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