We are grateful to Calgary Arts Development for funding the first three conversations of our portfolio. In each video episode, strangers meet over a shared experience to have an open dialog, learn how to connect meaningfully with people outside their bubbles...and bravely explore how to take those first steps from unlikely, to likely friends.
"2 Skateboarders," launched on February 14, 2022, featuring Kyle Young Pine, Fancy Feather dancer, and a professional skateboarder sponsored by vanS. He works to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. Kyle has a conversation with Adrian Foy, a graphic designer and third-generation Calgarian. They share their passion for skateboarding and explore stigmas they both encountered growing up.
"4 Founders", premiered on March 8, 2022 in celebration of International Women's Day. It features each of the Unlikely Friends founders' stories of breaking bias, and their collective vision for bringing more empathy into the world through this project. We thank Venue 308 for offering us their space to film this episode.
"Let's Talk About Mental Health," is a brave conversation between Agnes, a registered nurse and Founder of Starlings Community, and Steph, a social worker, who meet for the first time to explore the stigmas associated with mental health. This Episode was premiered during Humainologie’s Empathy Week in June 2022. We thank Village Icecream in Bridgeland for offering us your space to film.
I am Poem:
Gayathri introduced the founders to “I am From” poems that she uses in her workshops. We thought this would make for a FANTASTIC trailer video introducing us. This method was originally developed by George Ella Lyon and people from all over the world have adopted it. So here it is!