IPR’s Live Lab was packed with students, parents, and donors on Thursday night, as Digital Video and Media Production students Ben Thorson and Audrey Swenson presented the short informational video they shot while visiting Costa Rica as guests of Dave Wellstone and the Refuge of Love Costa Rica organization. The two visited Costa Rica with Wellstone in September, between summer and fall terms.
The Refuge of Love is an organization conceived by Costa Rican Christian Mena to provide for single mothers and orphaned elders. The shelter will be a place where families in crisis can support each other, learn a trade, and get back on their feet.
In introductory remarks to the crowd, both Swenson and Thorson stressed just how much of a learning experience the trip was. Both expressed their gratitude to the Refuge of Love organization and the faculty and administration at IPR. They also communicated their support for the Refuge of Love mission.
“The vision they have is absolutely great,” Thorson said in his introductory remarks to the audience. “The people we met… these people don’t have very much, and what we take for granted… they just don’t have. But every single person you run into has a smile on their face.”
Wellstone approached IPR this summer with the idea of providing an opportunity for a pair of emerging filmmakers to experience another culture while gaining professional experience shooting in a foreign country. The pairing provides Refuge of Love with a quality video for fundraising while serving as an invaluable applied learning opportunity for IPR Digital Video students.
Dave Wellstone was thoroughly impressed with Thorson and Swenson, as well as grateful to IPR.
“I’d like to thank all the students and staff at IPR, along with the Myhre family for all of the help you gave early on in this project and are continuing to give,” he remarked, “We look forward to continuing to work with you – I think that this is something that we would love to continue.”
IPR and the Digital Video and Media Production department is proud to partner with The Refuge of Love, and is looking forward to sending additional pairs of students on an annual trip to document the success of the organization as it grows.
Watch the video:
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