This is a two-week workshop for advanced young filmmakers who want to inspire social awareness through filmmaking, specifically, the documentary.

For many of today's high school students, the moving image has become their preferred medium of self-expression. They recognize the power and impact it has to persuade action and effect social change. Many teens in this generation reflect a new social awareness and desire to use video and audio to persuade or win over viewers to their cause. Student's films can bring about the change they feel is needed in the world, whether it is for an environmental issue, human rights advocacy, anti-war statement, or perhaps raising money and awareness for a cause close to home.

In this two-week workshop, students collaborate and focus on an issue, then research and plan a production schedule for their documentary. They shoot interviews and actualities, and work in groups to complete a documentary that they believe will make a difference in the world. This is an advanced-level class for student filmmakers with previous experience, such as alumni of a Young Filmmakers, Young Visual Storytellers or students who have already taken film classes in school.

Students may request a transcript that they can provide to their high school to apply for credit if desired

We recommend students have access to $75 per week for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 and departure is on Saturday morning.

About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critiques, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students, selected staff, and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.   

We recommend students have access to $150 over the two-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 and departure is on Saturday morning.

Tuition Note: includes room and board.


Taylor McIntosh

Taylor McIntosh is a freelance photographer and filmmaker born and raised in Maine but currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. His work, both still and moving, lies somewhere within the realm of documentary. Along with shooting in the majority of the US, he has made images and films in countries around the globe.  McIntosh has a B.A. in Film Production from Keene State College and an M.F.A. in Documentary Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He is currently working on his second feature length narrative film as well as a feature documentary about a group of Somali Refugees living in Nepal. 




Course Dates

Jul 22 to Aug 4



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