Investing in your industry’s community programs, helps develop and shape its future. This is why we at VMG Cinematic feel it’s important to offer support to The Remix Project.
The Remix Project is a youth program for those between ages of 16-22 that acts as an incubator for youth in the Toronto Area. It’s for young people aspiring to start careers in the urban arts sector who would not necessarily get the chance. The program develops a 6 month action plan for success for these entrepreneurs by providing:
-Supportive and knowledgable staff.
-A 4,930 sq. ft. facility, with a full recording studio, business development centre, visual art lab, video editing suite & more.
-Mentors and industry professionals with wide range of experience.
-One on one guidance sessions.
-Regular workshops lead by industry professionals, giving practical steps and advice.
-Flexible schedules for youth.
-Meeting like minded individuals.
Specifically, VMG support the City Life Film Project that finds young, talented filmmakers from Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods to tell their stories through film.
So why The Remix Project?
For VMG partners Mark and Reid Campbell and Nick Haffie-Emslie, it carries a personal interest. Spending their youth making films, they know first hand how important it is to be able to pursue your passions at a young age. In their case, it eventually lead them into starting their own business of making brand videos.
As Reid Campbell explains, “Filming, editing, video cameras…. film making as a hobby can get ridiculously expensive. Especially when you’re in high school! We wanted to give back to the community and give a chance for others to follow their artistic passions”
The Remix project works with priority neighbourhoods, of which over 30% of high school students are not expected to graduate resulting in higher unemployment, increased crime rates and deeper social divisions. The City Life Film Project trains talented youth and gives them the chance to work with top filmmakers from the Toronto film industry helping the youth expand their education.
TIFF Bell Lightbox hosted a red carpet and special screening of City Life Film Project on January 24th showcasing artistic excellence in film making created by talented youth from priority neighbourhoods, and VMG was proudly in attendance showing our support.
It was an inspiring event with many of our industry friends. So amazing to have a chance to be a part of something this great!
And you know what the best part about supporting organizations like The Remix Project? Reading stories like these: