When We Were Young

When We Were Young: Videos and Stories from the SAW Video Youth Program

On Thursday, December 8th, SAW Video will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the screening, When We Were Young: Videos and Stories from the SAW Video Youth Program

Launched in 1997 and consisting of 6 editions until 2006, SAW Video’s full-time video training program for youth aged 18-30 was highly successful and stands as a model for such programs across the country. During its time at SAW Video, the youth program fostered a whole new generation of videomakers who transformed the face of the centre. Former youth program participants include Bear Thomas, a rising star in Canada’s art scene, Ryan Stec, new media artist and Artistic Director of Artengine, as well as past and present SAW Video staff and board members Ariel Smith, Linda Norstrom, Ashleigh Horricks, Kerry Campbell, and Maria Belisario who are just 7 of the more than 85 participants who took part in the program. 

Funded by the Government of Canada, the program offered full-time training to underemployed youth and youth-at-risk for nearly a decade.  According to SAW Video Director, Penny McCann:  “As part of our 30th anniversary, we wanted to celebrate a program that truly transformed lives.  The purpose of the program was to build skills in digital media, what it really did was open up a whole new world for the youth who participated.”    Many of the participants still work in the field in Canada and internationally. Some have gone to the Canadian Film Centre and the Berlin International Film Festival Talent Lab, while others are now working for film festivals, galleries and broadcasters, including CBC, TVO, the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation and CPAC.

Join us for a reunion of these talented individuals and a special screening of some of the fantastic work made through the program, curated by SAW Video Youth Program alumni Jason St-Laurent & Anne Clarke. 

Screening details:

When We Were Young: Videos and Stories from the SAW Video Youth program
Thursday, December 8th
Arts Court Theatre & Studio, 2 Daly Avenue
Screening 8pm
Live mix by DJ CPI
Free admission

Event sponsors:  Sparrow Floral Design, Kichisippi Beer


Screening list:

The Youth Documentary

Hyperemotional by Riley Rempel

Marker by Karina Griffith

The Lonely Rabbit by Christina Felderhof

Knat Youy by Leanne Sampson

This is Josh by Erin Brophy

Beachcombers by Mike Hickey

Georgie’s Patate House by Phil Osborne

Death by Vibration by BEAR witness

Solitude, Loneliness, Desolation by Chris Ikonomopoulos

In Motion by Lisa Kajola

Stairs PSA

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