At-Risk Youth Embrace Video Not Violence as 'Shoot With This' Celebrates 4th

    Groundbreaking Youth-Produced Documentaries Shine at Hot Docs and Nuit

TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - The 'Shoot With This' Film Mentorship Project, an innovative program focussed on empowering at-risk youth residing in Toronto's Jane/Finch neighbourhood, today announced that they will celebrate their fourth year of youth-produced, socially charged documentaries and fiction by showing them for the first time at premier Toronto cultural event, Nuit Blanche. Scotia Bank has chosen Shoot With This as the only independent project to be showcased in their iconic head office for 2009.

Shoot With This will take over an entire wall inside Scotia Plaza (40 King Street West) projecting films by at-risk youth from 6:55pm to sunrise on Saturday, October 3, 2009. Two giant screens will be mounted in the Scotia bank lobby to showcase the youth films.

"In just four years, our film mentorship program has grown from an idea, to exhibiting at two world class arts festivals," said Dameion Royes, co-founder of Shoot With This and President of Big it Up International. "We are thrilled with the opportunity to show what our young film makers can do, but more importantly, Nuit Blanche is giving a voice to the youth of the Jane/Finch neighbourhood through these films."

Written, directed, edited and acted by at-risk youth aged 15-21, who are currently enrolled at Westview Centennial Secondary School in Toronto's Jane/Finch neighbourhood, Shoot With This films being showcased at Nuit Blanche 2009 include:

Shoot with this Shorts:

Shoot With This youth filmmakers teamed with director Jamie Escallon-Buraglia on a series of one minute documentary stories. Youth filmmakers were instructed to grapple with the challenges of telling a story in one minute, with an unwavering focus on the subject required. The results are personal visions from the young directors of non-fiction stories dear to their hearts.

The Dream (Directed by Moises Basden, age 19)

'The Dream' focuses on Cornelius, a young basketball MVP with dreams of making it big and the passion and struggle it takes to get there.

Inseparable Friends (Directed by Shelby Brown, age 17)

A first person look at what music and singing mean to Shelby. Though Shelby and her best friend Malina are teased by other students, music is their protection and happiness.

Uniforms (Directed by Tanisha 'T.kay' Evans, age 18)'Uniforms' analyses the effect of uniforms and loss of individuality asking the question 'do uniforms make us lose our individuality as students?'

Sober up (Directed by David Tahal, age 21)

A first person story of the struggle to quit smoking by a determined young man and all of the challenges that it poses. 'Sober Up' juxtaposes the actions of an older youth who can't quit smoking with the clear advice from children who know better than to ever start.


Acclaimed Toronto Artist Michael Awad directed 20 youths in the Shoot With This Program to capture the sights, sounds and scene of Kensington Market. With an eye to see Toronto's rich architectural past as a subject rather than a background youth filmmakers captured five one minute chapters for an abstract video booklet capturing the rhythm & pulse of life at Kensington Market.


For further information: For further information: Patrick McCaully, Pointman Public Relations, (416) 855-9427, (c) (416) 948-5654,,

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