Ithaca College student Eden Strachan ’21, a documentary studies and production major and Park Scholar, spent much of 2018 at the Shonnard Street Boys & Girls Club in Syracuse, New York, shooting footage for a film focused on the impact of the economic crisis in her hometown. While there, she noticed the children she interviewed were especially interested in her equipment.
Of course, access to expensive film and editing equipment isn’t a luxury all young people have — particularly in Syracuse, which, according to recent census data, is struggling with one of the highest poverty rates in the country. That’s why, not long after working with those children, Strachan created Filmmakers for the Future as her Park Scholar service project. Eden and her sister Elle provide cohorts of aspiring filmmakers with the knowledge and resources needed to create and produce their own film.
Strachan spent the summer in the Television Academy Foundation’s Internship Program, where she worked in the movies for television production department at Stan & Deliver Films in Santa Monica. She was one of just 50 students chosen for the program, which was established in 1959 with the goal of preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future.