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TORONTO’S NEXT GENERATION OF DIVERSE FILMMAKERS FIND A VOICE IN THE “REGENT PARK PROJECT”

The Regent Park Project, a free film-making program, empowering youth through the arts, announced today that the second season of its web series launches April 18th on YouTube. The program, offered by Toronto’s Kick Start Arts, has taken place every Monday for the past four years, culminating in two impactful and beautifully shot eight-episode seasons.

Created collaboratively with youth from Regent Park and beyond, The Regent Park Project offers training in various aspects of film production including writing, directing, acting, and editing. Professional artists participate alongside the youth offering mentorship and training in meaningful ways. The result is two seasons of engaging and interconnected shorts that showcase talent and offer participants ownership over their work in a way that nurtures self-esteem and confidence.

“I’ve been working and learning with a growing group of youth for the last four years,” says Mandeq Hassan, one of the program’s participants. “Being part of a team has made the experience all the more enjoyable for me, and being one of the company members has also allowed me to become a mentor to the younger participants. The Regent Park Project has been my entryway into the film industry in Toronto. Not only have I gained practical skills in acting, writing, and filmmaking, but I also have also gained real life experiences, and made connections with professionals that have shaped my career.”

Sheena D. Robertson, Artistic Director of the program, is an expert in the field of drama, film, literacy, and social justice consulting for over 20 years and has done extensive work with youth and adults in diverse settings locally, nationally, and internationally. “What these young people have created is a one-of-a-kind incubator of artistic talent that plays an intrinsic role in identity formation, both personal and social, and can be a powerful tool for social justice,” attests Robertson. “It is our hope that programs such as The Regent Park Project will galvanize other communities across Canada to follow suit.”

The complete eight-episode first season of The Regent Park project is available online now at https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCa3RXQcGKR4KwjWwF1cZrlQ. The second season will be added to the channel on April 18th.

Synopsis

Growing up in Regent Park is complicated.

What should be a straightforward walk home goes terribly awry. Siblings clash – over culture, over family responsibilities, over bad choices. A vlogger finds his voice and his friend loses his. Violence is hard to avoid.

Told through the eyes of youth from the community. The Regent Park Project opens the door to a world most people only see through the lens of stereotypes. Instead, we invite you into a community full of complexity, friendship, love and fear, laughter and irony.

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