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FEAR*LESS - A Reflection on Making Media at Mia

August 8, 2017


If you were to ask me about the Minneapolis Institute of Art a few months I wouldn’t know what to say besides the fact that they have art there. Thankfully Saint Paul Neighborhood Network took their Youth Media Leaders, which includes me, there for a small tour. This was when I learned about the Propeller Group’s exhibit. I really didn’t know what to expect before watching the film, I thought it was just going to be a simple documentary.

To my surprise it was far from simple. It was very abstract and there were many things you wouldn’t see on the day to day basis, but because I am Hmong I understood the funeral celebrations and the reincarnation idea. So for me, it really reminded me of my previous religion. After the film, we were introduced to the Propeller Group workshop.

At first I didn’t know if I wanted to do it because I was hesitant to try something new, and maybe because I saw we had to get there at 10AM on Saturdays, but I took a chance and signed up. Delmar, Thaw, and I were dropped off at MIA for the workshop and the three of us didn’t know what we were getting into at all. We all seen the film, we just didn’t know what we were going to create. There were 5 of us, but only 3 of us were able to finish the film.

    After the first week the 3 of us went on our own to film. We all met again and showed our own videos together. We had an idea of how to structure the film but we were still unsure of how the go about it. The final day we had our music and all our footage, all we had to do left was put it together and think of a name. We came up with “FEAR*LESS” because when we were still brainstorming we talked about our fears and how the process could help us overcome our fears.

In a way, making this film made me fear less about what people thought because when I showed my family and friends the short film they only showed support and excitement for me. It felt relieving to know that they’re cheering me on.