OMG MTL !, made under the guidance of director Émilie B. Guérette, is the fourth webdoc produced by the RIDM’s Youth Program. Exploring the relationship between students at the specialized Eurêka School and their city, the interactive work is a playful window on the students’ thoughts and personalities, conveyed through photos and sound recordings. The photo and audio portraits were created by the students under the supervision of a team of professional trainers. Most images were captured using tablets (iPads), so that the students could explore the artistic potential of digital tools many of them already use every day.
OMG MTL! was created with the support of:
KNGFU, Bande à Part, SLA Location and supported by programme La culture à l'école du Ministère de l'Education et de l'Enseignement supérieur, the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal (ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Ville de Montréal), Telefilm Canada and Régie du cinéma.
In 2013, the pilot project Sans cell, trop cruel introduced students at Montreal’s Jeanne-Mance high school to every facet of webdocumentary production. The project is about the students’ relationship with their mobile phones at home, among friends and at school, where the devices are strictly prohibited. The project was led by director Marie-Claude Fournier.
In 2015, with Intersections, students at Amos school explored their neighbourhood and talked about peaceful coexistence, preconceptions and prejudices as a way of demystifying Montréal-Nord. Catherine Therrien and Nadine Gomez led the students in their adventure.
In 2016, social pressures around teens’ career choices are the focus of a project involving every student at Eurêka high school, where the 43 students are asking themselves whether their future is set or uncertain. Marie-Claude Fournier is leading the production of Futur, pas sûr, designed for mobile platforms.