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Colin Scheyen is an award-winning filmmaker and educator. Much of his work focuses on issues of media literacy and social justice. As an Educator, Colin has worked in both the public and private education systems in Canada and the United States to provide learning opportunities for some of North America’s most underserved communities. He received a B.Ed from the University of Alberta, a B.A. in English from the University of Calgary, and a M.A. in Educational and Cultural Studies from Athabasca University.
Colin’s work as a filmmaker is an extension of his work as an educator. Nuclear Hope (2015), a film that discusses Canada’s nuclear waste issues, won the Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival. More Than a Rhyme (2013), which explores youth identity through hip hop music, received many accolades and has been screened throughout Ontario.
Colin is currently the coordinator of the Studio2 program at East Metro Youth Services in Toronto, ON. This innovative program provides opportunities for youth to explore their own creative voice through film, photography, graphic design, and recording arts. Colin is the author of Beyond Media Literacy, which empowers schoolteachers and community workers to incorporate multimedia projects into their classroom discussions.
Colin was part of developing curriculum that has been used by the Government of Alberta and multiple colleges throughout New York City, including an online curriculum that empowered international engineers and accountants with the skills necessary to succeed in the Canadian workforce.