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Annual LKSD Summer Academies Show Off Student Filmmaking Skills

Jun 11, 2018

This year, the film academy focused on documentary story-telling. Students focused on climate change, the plastic bag ban in Bethel and the summer academies as film topics.
Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

As part of a two week workshop, 12 students from the Lower Kuskokwim School District showed off their filmmaking skills last week to a crowd at Bethel Regional High School. 

The films were documentary-style and focused on topics like the plastic bag ban in Bethel and climate change. Nicolai Fisher, a high school student from Napaskiak, says that film is a way for him to illustrate his creative side.

"When I do that, it usually enlightens and makes them feel both emotional and funny at the same time," Fisher said. 

He chose climate change as his topic because he wants to raise awareness of an issue changing the way of life in his community.

Over the past two weeks, LKSD hosted the film academy as part of its summer academies for district middle and high school students. This is their ninth year, and nearly 100 students attended to learn skills like welding, math, and, of course, filmmaking.

Watch the student-produced films below.