The Citizen’s Environmental Report offers Short Subject Filmmaking Workshop on April 13-14



Kalamazoo filmmaker Matt Clysdale and photographer Cameron Tarnas are offering a two-day workshop on the basics of producing a short run and gun style video report. From interviewing and taping outdoors to editing on readily available software, participants will help complete a short video on citizen science efforts to monitor the health of local river ecosystems. Taping includes key interviews with ecologists and volunteers in the field. All skill levels are welcome.

The workshop is free, but space is limited.

The Saturday session will take place at Augusta Creek. Instructors will contact enrolled participants with directions.

The Sunday, April 14 schedule runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with participants meeting at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Center for New Media in downtown Kalamazoo. Lunch is provided both days.

For the past decade, Kalamazoo media artist Matt Clysdale has turned his lens on the wildlife and wild spaces that hide in plain sight in Kalamazoo. Through video and photography, Matt reminds viewers of the vital role nature plays in modern urban lives. Cameron Tarnas is a live music photographer known for his intimate and personal style. At WMU, his coursework and research focus on sustainability and niche agricultural systems. To sign up for the workshop, contact Deb Stoyanoff at 269-387-2716 or

The workshop is co-sponsored by Western Michigan University’s Environmental Studies Program, 2012-13 Gwen Frostic Workshop Series, and The Center For New Media, Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Workshop coordinators are Kalamazoo Valley instructor Aubrey Jewel Hardaway, and Lynne Heasley and Denise Keele, faculty members from WMU.