STORY BY DAVID CLEWETT
PHOTOGRAPHY AMANDA CONDE
Ily Logeais, a senior at Summit High School, is a student filmmaker who recently funded a trip to Africa to make a movie about her experience. She traveled with Teen Muse and filmed a documentary on the young women’s trip. Her first film was completed when she was only a freshman and this will be her second documentary.
In 2014 Logeais approach Todd Looby, a filmmaker and director of BendFilm, seeking guidance on a film she was working on. The film was a documentary structured as quasi exposes or mini bios on five of her classmates and their artistic endeavors. One was a dancer, one an aspiring fashion designer, one a photographer, another was a painter and the last was a musician.
“She came into my office and showed me the film and I was really impressed,” Looby said. “I could tell she had a really good visual eye and a passion for storytelling. Since then, we check-in now and again about what she’s working on and other filmmaking opportunities.”
Logea first became involved with Teen Muse when she was 14 and connected with a mentor. Ruth Williamson saw Logeais’ documentary about her classmates and provided support and encouragement for her to continue working to refine the documentary. Williamson even helped inspire Logeais’ current endeavor with the film about Zambia.
Teen Muse is a program that educates teens about social awareness and encourages them to become leaders of social change in their community. Teen Muse is offered by World Muse which inspires women to create positive social change and develop their inner-abilities.
“Muse has been an eye opening experience for me. It has helped me to recognize my power not only as a filmmaker and storyteller, but also as a woman,” Logeais said.
Last summer Teen Muse sent a group of young women to Zambia. Along with the support of the community, Logeais was able to join and film the experience.
“My films often take on a life of their own but I intend for this one to be more fluid and symbolic. Individuals don’t recognize Africa as a functioning continent. It is massively stereotyped by extreme poverty but there is a whole other side that people do not see. Zambia possesses a wealth unlike anything in the westernized world. Westernized does not mean wealth. Zambia has immense wealth within its people and their ability to take what they have and create amazing things. It is a very humbling experience and deserves to be recognized,”Logeais said.
Once the film is completed Logeais intends to upload the documentary online so that as many people as possible can view the film. With her first film she was fortunate to be offered a free space to host a public viewing.
She hopes once again to be able to share her film but at the very least she plans to have a screening to share her documentary with friends and family.
“What happened on the trip sparked a fire in me and I want to share that experience with people,” Logeais said.
Logeais is currently completely focused on creating the Zambia documentary and has not thought about potential future projects.
“I don’t consider myself a filmmaker, just a people person. Film is the best medium I have found to capture people in their purest forms. I am often not looking for projects, they call to me, and then I become so helplessly and amazingly engulfed in them,” Logeais said.
From pre-filming equipment preparations to the actual production of the film, Looby has been available to answer questions and assist with the project.
“I’m pretty excited about this Muse documentary and glad she documented the trip. As a person who’s been to Africa and Latin America on similar-type trips, I know how the experience changes you permanently. It will be very cool to watch these young women from Bend experience the culture shock and enlightenment in real time,” Looby said.
BendFilm will host the 14th annual BendFilm Festival October 12–15 at various locations throughout Bend. The festival event is a celebration of independent cinema and features film, lectures and education. Event headquarters are located at The Hub at The Liberty Theatre at 949 NW Wall Street.
“BendFilm picked up my first film and Todd gave me good constructive feedback. I was just trying to get these kids the exposure they deserved. Todd was impressed by the film and that was flattering for me. He helped provide equipment and answer questions about actual film stuff. He has been really helpful and it is nice having something local that is really invested in me,” Logeais said.
October 11–15, 2017
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