Visual Storyteller Training Programs
“The stakes, after all, are high. Powerful stories can motivate volunteers, engage business leaders, galvanize public officials, and inspire donors. In a media landscape that grows noisier and more fragmented by the hour, everyone in our region needs to understand the life-changing and transformational work that nonprofits do every day.” - Stories Worth Telling by The Meyer Foundation
Stories Without Borders provides storytelling training, from concept to final product, for students and organizations who want to develop high quality visual stories that they can use strategically to achieve a mission. Students develop technical skills and strategies as they build storytelling capacity and a deep understanding of how and why stories work with a strong consideration for ethics and impact.
Left: Stories Without Borders Visual Director James Chance working with young filmmakers from Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, Mali and Senegal in 2015 to expand their knowledge of filmmaking techniques during a weeklong class in Dakar, Senegal. The purpose of the project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, was to give West African youth a creative medium through which to express their national identity and creative freedom. Additionally, the course is an opportunity for young participants to work with a mentor and increase self-esteem by imagining and completing a project from start to finish. Workshop participants returned to their home countries and produced their own short films concurrent with a major regional film festival in Burkina Faso.