Chrysalis House and Juniper House initiated a project to help engage men and boys in talking about and ending gender violence. One of the ways they wanted to do this was by encouraging people to share their stories with video. Thus the idea of Video Improv Leadership Workshops was born. The goal was to establish a new creative team sport that could be played with home video equipment – or even smart phones. We hoped new light would be shed on the problem of gender violence and lead to a positive shift in local culture. Ideally each community would have enough interested people to form a “Video Improv Team”. Our strategy was to train youth leaders, teachers and coaches in how to play and coach Movie Games and then encourage them to form video improv teams in their home communities. We facilitated Video Improv Leadership Workshops in Yarmouth, Digby, Shelburne and Kentville, Nova Scotia. You can learn more about the project here: Engaging Men and Boys in Ending Gender Violence Against Women and Girls.

Movie Games Help Do Social Good