Weengushk Film Institute, in partnership with Northern Ontario Film Studios and Hideaway Pictures founder, David Anselmo have started a healthy food initiative for all WFI students, which will begin September 16, 2016.
Weegushk Film Institute Executive Director, Dr. Shirley Cheechoo reached out to the WFI Board of Directors regarding her concerns for the new WFI students. Dr. Cheechoo mentioned that WFI students were ready and eager to start their film training, housed and settled in from First Nations communities across Canada, but had no money for food or groceries.
Mr. Anselmo, who had recently joined the WFI Board of Directors to help make a difference, responded immediately and sponsored $1,000.00 worth of groceries which will be delivered to WFI students this Friday, September 16, 2016.
In response to the healthy food initiative, Mr. Anselmo stated, “It’s hard enough to be in school full-time, away from your community, family and friends. As students learning how to make films, a lot of time is spent outside of the home, so the last thing a student needs to worry about is how they will feed themselves”.
With gracious sponsorship from Mr. Anselmo, Weengushk Film Institute anticipates that with continued support from the WFI Board of Directors, the healthy food initiative will become an annual program.
Hideaway Pictures resides at The Northern Ontario Film Studios, the first professional film and television studio in the region with services ranging from studio rental to grip and lighting equipment rental. Since its inception, The Northern Ontario Film Studios has partnered with Techinicolor, William F White, and Screenlinx. All 3 of these companies have moved operations to Sudbury and through NOFS have services 15 films in the Sudbury area last year, attracting over $30 million of film production in 2015.