Upcoming Events at The Third Place

Through Our Eyes Video Workshop: Hosted by Gazillion Strong and Line Break

"Through Our Eyes," a collaboration between Gazillion Strong and Line Break, is a video production and distribution program for teens who are a part of the LGBTQ, adoptee, foster care, immigrant, and POC (people of color) communities. A shortened, 2 day version of the program for 15 teens will be held at the Third Place Gallery (3730 Chicago Ave. S.) on Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1 from 9:00 am­ to 1:00 pm. The teen participants will screen and discuss their video(s) to the public at the Third Place Gallery on February 6th at 7:00 PM.

Participants will receive an introduction to storytelling, filming, editing, and distributing their videos through the creation of websites, and engagement of social media and local, state, and national media outlets. They will walk away from the program having developed a video(s) and website(s). Ultimately, the participants will be introduced to a powerful way through which they can advocate for what is important to them and to others with whom they identify.

For teens who are interested in participating in the FREE 2-day program: Send an email to Kevin Vollmers kevinhaebeomvollmers@gmail.com by January 24th. Space is limited; apply early. In this email, please include: 1. Why you’re interested (1 page double-spaced); 2. A short bio. 

Sponsored by the Jim and Linda Lee Family Foundation.


Video workshop: Saturday, January 31st and Sunday, February 1st, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; the Third Place Gallery.

Screening and discussion of videos at the Third Place Gallery (open to the public): Friday, February 6th, 7:00 pm.


About the Instructors:

Line Break (Eleonore Wesserle & Nolan Morice): Line Break works with artists, organizers, and advocates to craft their stories into powerful instruments for transformative social change. Eleonore is a trainer and facilitator with Line Break Media, helping organizations and individuals tell their stories in traditional and digital ways. Eleonore comes to the field of storytelling with a background in food justice and environmental justice work, and as someone with a love of the written and spoken word.

Nolan is a videographer and postproduction artist with Line Break Media. In his time with the organization, Nolan has worked with many different artists, organizers, and individuals on the technical side of seeing their story come to life on screen.

Kevin H. Vollmers is the executive director of Gazillion Strong. He is also the founder of Land of Gazillion Adoptees, LLC (LGA), editor in chief of Gazillion Voices magazine, and the publisher of: Parenting As Adoptees; The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoption Activist; and Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption From a Place of Empowerment and Peace. Kevin contributes to Entertainment Weekly’s­ The Community as well and is the host of Gazillion Voices Radio, a partnership between GV and KFAI. He has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, CNN, Colorlines, Racialicious, Hyphen, The Good Men Project, and the Daily Beast.

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