This three-day workshop will cover place-based environmental challenges through filmmaking, and how to craft a documentary story concept and script. Workshop participants will be asked to identify a local environmental challenge, research the topic, and create a short film about it with the film and scientific guidance of Agathe. Even in this unique context for a place-based program, the objective is for the students to draw meaningful connections to home and to a critical environmental challenge that impacted their community through their films and filmmaking processes.
*All masterclass workshops will be online delivery through Zoom*
Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, Agathe (pronounced Agat) is an award-winning commercial and adventure photographer/filmmaker who divides her time between the Kootenays, Vancouver Island, and California. She specializes in female adventures in remote environments, creating narratives around climate change and ocean conservation.
She’s won "Best Nature Photographers" by National Geographic and has filmed with them in the Northwest Territories and Utah/Nevada desert. She has received scholarships from the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Storyhive, Columbia Basin Trust and the National Film Board of Canada. Her film Carving Landscapes was screened at Banff Film Festival, Hollywood, New York, Paris, and is still touring worldwide. Past films include an expedition aboard Sea Dragon, a scientific vessel, correlating ocean plastic with human health in the Caribbean sea and short ski films about skier Leah Evans in Iceland. She is currently finishing two films about the Columbia River.
As a graduate of the Environmental Education and Communication certificate program at Royal Roads University, and a Former Director of Communications at the North Columbia Environmental Society, Agathe finds purpose in sharing her experience and knowledge as an earth scientist to inspire people to be responsible, innovative and proactive in their decision-making while empowering people to live the life they have always dreamed of.
Agathe now dedicates her time, visual work and scientific knowledge to the Rugged Coast Research Society and other environmental NGO’s.
You might get a glimpse of her and her best four-legged friend, Leo Burrito, somewhere around a snowy peak, a rugged coastline or cooking a delicious meal in her home on the road camper.
Many thanks to our funders, Columbia Basin Trust and Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, for making this all possible.
If you have further questions, please contact Kootenay Screen-Based Industry Regional Program Manager, Lynn Trinh.