Fed up with harmful and stereotypical representation of Indigenous and Black peoples in popular media,
LaTerrian reached out to her friends and fellow film students and asked them if they wanted to “start a film camp?”. With the goal of combating the negative effects of poor and inaccurate representation, they created Outlast Film Camp, a space where Black and/or Indigenous youth could create and tell their own stories in a way that accurately and genuinely reflected their experiences and world views. Over the course of three months, they crowd-funded $7,500 and traveled to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota , where they hosted their first workshop at the Suanne Big Crow Boys and GIrls Club.
The first workshop focused on documentary filmmaking. 21 students attended, where they learned the foundations of cinematography, editing, sound and post-production. They used these skills to create documentaries on the subjects of their choosing.
In 2016, the Outlast team returned to Pine Ridge, this time partnered with another organization, Mitakuye,
to provide the filmmaking portion of their
summer arts camp.
This year, the students did a variety of media activities, both in documentary and music video production.
During our third year working with the youth from Pine Ridge, we shifted from documentary and focused on short, narrative filmmaking. The campers learned the elements of fiction script writing. They made a short film titled “The Cure” about a zombie outbreak.
This year, we crowdfunded enough money to bring Indigenous artists, Frank Waln and Tanaya Winder, to Pine Ridge, where they spoke to campers about their lives and experiences, as well as pursuing art as a career.
We also introduced Special Effects Makeup, Costume Design and Drone workshops. Additionally, we also expanded upon the media that we view at camp, including various genres of short and feature length films.
2018 was a turning point for Outlast.
We were gifted sponsorships by major companies, including Panavision and AbelCine, who generously provided our Pine Ridge campers with high quality film equipment.