We are proud to announce the interns of the 2016 Summer Documentary Institute! It was a highly competitive year with over 65 regional applicants representing youth of all backgrounds and experience levels in media making, production and visual arts.
Please join us in welcoming Kimberleigh Bryant (15, Burdine, KY) Aaron Combs (20, Neon, KY), Jaydon Tolliver (17, Whitesburg, KY), Joshua Collier (16, Waco, KY), Elyssia Lowe (22, Grayson, KY), Ally Baker (18, Whitesburg, KY) and Austin Williams (19, Harold, KY)!
Kimberleigh Bryant is a 15 year old from Burdine, Kentucky. She is passionate about reading fan fiction, drawing anime and flowers and loves socializing with her friends. She dreams of one day going to college to be a pursue a degree in Psychiatry. She is excited to attend AMI to learn video production and editing to share her artistic vision, which her peers rarely get to see.
Aaron Combs is a 20 year old who currently lives in Neon, Kentucky. He is passionate about reading– from contemporary science fiction to Romantic Age poetry. He loves music, including clawhammer banjo and Rhythm & Blues. Aaron applied to AMI because of his interest in collaborative learning and a desire to work closely with a team to learn documentary filmmaking.
Jaydon Tolliver is a 17 year old from Whitesburg, Kentucky. He is a singer and songwriter who has played in concerts and open mic nights throughout Letcher County. When he’s not playing music he is participating in the JROTCH at Letcher County Central High School. Jaydon is an alumni of the 2012 fall audio lab and is excited to return to pursue his interest in visual arts and recording.
Joshua Collier is a 16 year old from Waco, Kentucky. He is interested in a great deal of things and plans on attending college to pursue one of his many passions (including architecture, sustainability, public speaking, language or arts & media). Joshua is deeply rooted in central Appalachia, with family throughout Letcher and Harlan County. He grew up on a farm and has many interests related to the outdoors, including gardening, raising chickens, running and farming. Joshua is excited to join the AMI team to learn more about documentary practice to sustain the spread of knowledge for years to come.
Elyssia Lowe is a 22 year old from Grayson, Kentucky. She is currently attending Morehead University as a 2nd year student of Fine Arts. Her ultimate goal is to become a story board artist and to collaborate with the filmmakers who brought joy and happiness to her life through storytelling. Elyssia is excited to participate in AMI to learn more about her home through documentary storytelling.
Ally Baker is an 18 year old from Whitesburg, Kentucky. Ally is interested in documentaries and books that illustrate how environments impact the individual, nature, music and human psychology. Ally loves to read anything from science books to comics and fantasy novels and likes to play music, skateboard and learn about art and architecture. Ally is excited to attend AMI to learn more about video production and editing and the power of documentary filmmaking as a tool to show the world what we want to know, don’t want to witness and what needs to be seen.
Austin Williams is a 19 year old who lives in Harold, Kentucky. He is passionate about beatboxing, coding, art and making cartoons in Photoshop. Austin dreams of starting his own company in Kentucky that includes both coding and video production and is excited to learn media making from the ground up at AMI.
Envisioning Our Future: the 2016 Summer Documentary Institute begins on June 3rd during Appalshop’s annual Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival.