National Japanese American Memorial Foundation (NJAMF) PRESS RELEASE
December 1, 2016


Digital Storytelling Project Now Accepting High School Applicants

We are calling for applications from high school students around the country who desire to learn how to develop, write, research, and ultimately produce a short video related to one of each major Japanese American incarceration camp in the mainland U.S. We chose five students in 2016 and we intend to choose five more for 2017. The students will travel to the Minidoka Pilgrimage in Twin Falls, Idaho, on July 5, 2016, to attend a three-day intensive digital storytelling workshop and visit the Minidoka site. The Digital Storytelling Project is going to be the heart of a mobile Application to be developed in 2017/18 for visitors to the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism in WWII. Our goal (shared by the All Camps Consortium) is to ensure that the organizations affiliated with the Japanese American WWII incarceration experience have a voice in the nation’s capital. We want to include the younger generation in this project.
We are seeking high-school students from diverse backgrounds and from around the U.S. who want to learn about the Japanese American experience and history during WWII. The students will research one internment camp, conduct interviews with former incarcerees and their families, and then come to the Minidoka Pilgrimage, held near the original site of the “Minidoka Relocation Center,” which incarcerated over 13,000 Japanese Americans and their families, to learn how to produce these videos, or “digital stories.” The videos will feature Minidoka, Tule Lake, Jerome, Gila River, and Rohwer incarceration camps.
The Digital Storytelling Project is a seed project of the Foundation that is meant to inspire a young generation to engage in civil rights, the study of the Constitution, and America’s checkered history. After working to complete their work, the students will show their films at the Pilgrimage banquet. Ultimately the five films will be polished and available to the general public at
www.njamf.com. (The 2016 videos are currently on the homepage of www.njamf.com.) "One of the most powerful statements of these videos is that the incarceration experience during World War II is not a Japanese American story, it is an American story" states Cal Shintani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NJAMF.
Jeff MacIntyre, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and owner of Los Angeles-based production company Content Media Group, will be our partner in mentoring the students through this training. The Minidoka Pilgrimage Committee will be our other partner in the project by hosting the Workshop.
High school students interested in applying for the Project in 2017 should email
njamfstudentproject@gmail.com to ask for an application. Applications will be due no later than March 1, 2017, and we will contact applicants soon thereafter for phone interviews.