Student film showcases charity’s food rescue mission

Friday 21 June 2024

A group of Bachelor of Screen Arts (BSA) students have created a documentary to help spread the word about a new initiative by Wellington food rescue charity Kaibosh.

From left: Alex MacGibbon, Hana Fukuhara Aboustait, Caitlin O’Leary Nutter, Naomi Ellis and Ange Holtslag. Not pictured: Kyan Cundy.

Last updated: Friday 21 June 2024

For their second-year Factual Production paper, Caitlin O’Leary Nutter, Kyan Cundy, Hana Aboustait and Naomi Ellis created the film to showcase Kaibosh Kitchen, an initiative that turns ‘second-sort’ produce into 300 meals for the community each week.

The short film goes behind the scenes with Kitchen Coordinator Ange Holtslag as she talks about the initiative and her vision to build kai communities around Wellington. The film also highlights the wider work of Kaibosh and their ultimate goal of zero food waste.

Senior Lecturer Gwen Isaac says students get the option to work with a number of not-for-profits in the Factual Production course, which seeks to replicate a real-world production agency environment. The films are not mission critical, but the main objective is that clients use them on their websites to promote their services.

“This course is always exciting and dynamic, but I think the students value this assignment as a challenge that becomes a joint effort with the clients, who appreciate that they are still learning. So the environment is a patient one, both ways. I’m always really proud of the work the students turn out.”

Student Caitlin O’Leary Nutter says she is very happy that they were able to create a film that allows people to see how important Kaibosh’s work is.

“Client-led films are not always easy when it comes to juggling several different ideas and opinions. However, the Kaibosh team were so trusting and supportive of us as student filmmakers which made our job so much easier. This was an awesome project to have been a part of and I hope to use these skills to go on to make more of this type of content in the future.”

Kaibosh Marketing and Communications Manager Alex MacGibbon commended the students for their mahi, professionalism and flexibility.

“Kaibosh enjoys collaborating with young people and supporting creative projects that connect to the Kaibosh kaupapa. It was a no-brainer for us to work with budding filmmakers from Massey University.

“We’re really pleased with how the film turned out. It has great flow and energy, and we love the balance between showing our busy mahi at Kaibosh, alongside intimate interviews with Ange that share her vision for kai and community in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.”

To thank the students for their efforts, Kaibosh put on a special morning tea and screening of the film.

Caitlin says her experience with the BSA so far has been overwhelmingly positive.

“I have been able to try so many different things and while I’m still not set on one particular career path, this degree has really helped me narrow down the specific fields I am interested in. I am currently working on my third-year major project, which is a chance to apply everything I’ve learned these past few years and make something that reflects the direction I am hoping to head in. The project I am directing is a documentary/stop-motion hybrid.”

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