Teen will photograph, blog and video her discoveries on a six-month adventure

News Jan 31, 2014 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

A Beach teen and aspiring photographer/writer/documentary-maker Kasha Slavner is about to embark on a six-month adventure of a lifetime.

Accompanied by her mother, Marla, the Grade 10 student will be taking a semester off from Monarch Park Collegiate to travel abroad and snap photos, write blog posts and shoot video, which will all be used to create a documentary about what it means to be a global citizen through the eyes of a teenager.

Called The Global Sunrise Project, Kasha said she was inspired to make a difference after attending a peace camp run by the non-partisan, non-governmental organization Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) in the summer of 2012.

Kasha’s resolve was further strengthened when she was invited by VOW to travel to New York City and serve as a youth delegate at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women in March.

“I found myself really inspired by all of the amazing people there working to create change,” she said during a recent interview.

After returning home, Kasha learned of an online contest through G-Adventures that invited participants to pitch their ideas to change the world and win $25,000 for their project.

Her submission, called Pictures: The Power of People for a Purpose, came in 12th place in the ‘knowledge’ category, inspiring Kasha to keep going.

“It generated a pretty good response so I thought why not continue it,” she said.

The concept has since evolved into a documentary project under the name The Global Sunrise Project.

In November, Kasha pitched her idea to a panel of film industry veterans at Live! Ammunition! and came in second place. This contest is operated by Raindance Toronto, which promotes and supports independent filmmaking in Canada and around the world. Raindance also runs the Raindance Film Festival and The British Independent Film Awards.

Understanding that it all wouldn’t be possible without financial support, Kasha also created a 40-day Indiegogo campaign last fall. The crowd-funding campaign, which wrapped up Dec. 30, garnered nearly $6,200; about a third of what it will cost to fund the trip.

Both Kasha and her mother, Marla, have worked tirelessly for the last six months researching, creating a blog and website, organizing and learning about what it takes to make a documentary.

The mother-daughter team is set to kick off their adventure in mid-March by once again visiting the United Nations in NYC.

Their travel itinerary will depend on how much money they can raise and the sponsorships they can secure by then.

Kasha said she hopes they’ll be able to visit Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, Thailand and possibly India.

“It’s going to be a life-changing experience for both of us,” said Marla, whose background is in publishing and cause-related marketing.

Upon her return Kasha, who is affectionately known as The Sunrise Storyteller, said she’d like to screen her documentary before other teens.

“I want to teach my peers about the world and encourage them to go out and see it themselves,” she said.

A few film festivals have already expressed an interested in including the film in their lineups.

Email theglobalsunriseproject@gmail.com or check out The Global Sunrise Project Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/18Jblw5 for details.

Teen will photograph, blog and video her discoveries on a six-month adventure

News Jan 31, 2014 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

A Beach teen and aspiring photographer/writer/documentary-maker Kasha Slavner is about to embark on a six-month adventure of a lifetime.

Accompanied by her mother, Marla, the Grade 10 student will be taking a semester off from Monarch Park Collegiate to travel abroad and snap photos, write blog posts and shoot video, which will all be used to create a documentary about what it means to be a global citizen through the eyes of a teenager.

Called The Global Sunrise Project, Kasha said she was inspired to make a difference after attending a peace camp run by the non-partisan, non-governmental organization Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) in the summer of 2012.

Kasha’s resolve was further strengthened when she was invited by VOW to travel to New York City and serve as a youth delegate at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women in March.

“I found myself really inspired by all of the amazing people there working to create change,” she said during a recent interview.

After returning home, Kasha learned of an online contest through G-Adventures that invited participants to pitch their ideas to change the world and win $25,000 for their project.

Her submission, called Pictures: The Power of People for a Purpose, came in 12th place in the ‘knowledge’ category, inspiring Kasha to keep going.

“It generated a pretty good response so I thought why not continue it,” she said.

The concept has since evolved into a documentary project under the name The Global Sunrise Project.

In November, Kasha pitched her idea to a panel of film industry veterans at Live! Ammunition! and came in second place. This contest is operated by Raindance Toronto, which promotes and supports independent filmmaking in Canada and around the world. Raindance also runs the Raindance Film Festival and The British Independent Film Awards.

Understanding that it all wouldn’t be possible without financial support, Kasha also created a 40-day Indiegogo campaign last fall. The crowd-funding campaign, which wrapped up Dec. 30, garnered nearly $6,200; about a third of what it will cost to fund the trip.

Both Kasha and her mother, Marla, have worked tirelessly for the last six months researching, creating a blog and website, organizing and learning about what it takes to make a documentary.

The mother-daughter team is set to kick off their adventure in mid-March by once again visiting the United Nations in NYC.

Their travel itinerary will depend on how much money they can raise and the sponsorships they can secure by then.

Kasha said she hopes they’ll be able to visit Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, Thailand and possibly India.

“It’s going to be a life-changing experience for both of us,” said Marla, whose background is in publishing and cause-related marketing.

Upon her return Kasha, who is affectionately known as The Sunrise Storyteller, said she’d like to screen her documentary before other teens.

“I want to teach my peers about the world and encourage them to go out and see it themselves,” she said.

A few film festivals have already expressed an interested in including the film in their lineups.

Email theglobalsunriseproject@gmail.com or check out The Global Sunrise Project Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/18Jblw5 for details.

Teen will photograph, blog and video her discoveries on a six-month adventure

News Jan 31, 2014 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

A Beach teen and aspiring photographer/writer/documentary-maker Kasha Slavner is about to embark on a six-month adventure of a lifetime.

Accompanied by her mother, Marla, the Grade 10 student will be taking a semester off from Monarch Park Collegiate to travel abroad and snap photos, write blog posts and shoot video, which will all be used to create a documentary about what it means to be a global citizen through the eyes of a teenager.

Called The Global Sunrise Project, Kasha said she was inspired to make a difference after attending a peace camp run by the non-partisan, non-governmental organization Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) in the summer of 2012.

Kasha’s resolve was further strengthened when she was invited by VOW to travel to New York City and serve as a youth delegate at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women in March.

“I found myself really inspired by all of the amazing people there working to create change,” she said during a recent interview.

After returning home, Kasha learned of an online contest through G-Adventures that invited participants to pitch their ideas to change the world and win $25,000 for their project.

Her submission, called Pictures: The Power of People for a Purpose, came in 12th place in the ‘knowledge’ category, inspiring Kasha to keep going.

“It generated a pretty good response so I thought why not continue it,” she said.

The concept has since evolved into a documentary project under the name The Global Sunrise Project.

In November, Kasha pitched her idea to a panel of film industry veterans at Live! Ammunition! and came in second place. This contest is operated by Raindance Toronto, which promotes and supports independent filmmaking in Canada and around the world. Raindance also runs the Raindance Film Festival and The British Independent Film Awards.

Understanding that it all wouldn’t be possible without financial support, Kasha also created a 40-day Indiegogo campaign last fall. The crowd-funding campaign, which wrapped up Dec. 30, garnered nearly $6,200; about a third of what it will cost to fund the trip.

Both Kasha and her mother, Marla, have worked tirelessly for the last six months researching, creating a blog and website, organizing and learning about what it takes to make a documentary.

The mother-daughter team is set to kick off their adventure in mid-March by once again visiting the United Nations in NYC.

Their travel itinerary will depend on how much money they can raise and the sponsorships they can secure by then.

Kasha said she hopes they’ll be able to visit Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, Thailand and possibly India.

“It’s going to be a life-changing experience for both of us,” said Marla, whose background is in publishing and cause-related marketing.

Upon her return Kasha, who is affectionately known as The Sunrise Storyteller, said she’d like to screen her documentary before other teens.

“I want to teach my peers about the world and encourage them to go out and see it themselves,” she said.

A few film festivals have already expressed an interested in including the film in their lineups.

Email theglobalsunriseproject@gmail.com or check out The Global Sunrise Project Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/18Jblw5 for details.