We (Miriam & Chris of Deer Heart Films) are currently developing a 6 part documentary web-series for The Spinoff, that explores the spectrum of alternative home-based educational approaches that can be found across Aotearoa today.
We’re looking to connect with students and whanau who may be interested in participating in this documentary series.
The series will survey the broad range of home-based learning approaches - as well as represent a diversity of ages, ethnicities and geographic locations. We’re looking specifically for families who are highly passionate and committed to their particular educational approach. Each 10 min episode will feature one family, going about their ‘typical’ day and will involve an interview to share their thoughts and experiences with the filmmakers.
We understand you are highly experienced (and regarded) in home education circles and as such, we are hoping that you might be willing share our ‘call-out’ for participants amongst your network - We also have an abbreviated post on our Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/DeerHeartFilms] here that you may be open to sharing? We would also be enormously grateful for any suggestions of families and/or introductions to people who you think may be interested in participating.
We recognise that for many parents, choosing to provide an alternative education for their children is about living in accordance with their philosophical values - and that some are choosing home-based education in order to alleviate issues around bullying, neurodiversity, anxiety and cultural alienation. As filmmakers we are always respectful toward our subjects situations and needs. Our documentary filming approach is founded on a basis of trust, compassion and open communication. We seek to represent communities authentically and as they see themselves. More information about us and our prior work can be found at www.deerheart.co.nz/about-us
It’s hugely important to us that this series reflects the rich diversity and positive passion that can be found outside of the mainstream school system, so we’re eager to connect with as many people as possible!
Thank you in advance for your time. Please don’t hesitate to ask should you have any questions or require any further information.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Ngā mihi nui,
Miriam Smith & Chris Pryor
Deer Heart Films.