As a woman of color, I asked myself, how would I feel if someone came to my community and amplified our struggles without highlighting our strengths.
— LaTerrian Officer-McIntosh

Summer 2015

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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.


 

Summer 2016


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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.

 

Summer 2017


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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.

 
 

Summer 2018


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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.

They did the makeup, picked the locations, everything. Every shot and scene is their way of showing the world what life on the rez is really like.
— Frank Waln

Frank Waln and Tanaya Winder came back camp; this time to work with the students on the creation of a music video and visual poem. The campers created the stories and visuals for Frank’s song, “Wokiksuye”, and produced the music video from preproduction through post. They designed and made the costumes, makeup, shot-list, as well as the choreography. Originally, this was meant to be an exercise in filmmaking, but Frank loved the students work, deciding to release their video as the official video for his single.




While working on Frank’s music video, the campers also created a visual poem for Tanaya’s poem, “We are Made of Stars”.


 

Summer 2019


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Back at Pine Ridge for our 5th summer program, we wanted to continue connecting our students with artists of Color. This year, they created a music video for Outlast Director and musician Mato Standing Soldier to his song, “Cuddlefish”, from preproduction through post. They built and painted sets, styled elaborate hair pieces, materialized period costumes and makeup.


 
 

But we didn’t stop there! This year, they also created a visual poem for Rita Dove’s “Horse and Tree”. Outlast focuses on introducing students to artists of Color across various mediums.



We even went a step further this year and invited Montyy, the creator of the “Comfortably Excluded” podcast to work with the students on creating their own podcast about their lives at Pine Ridge.