Welcoming the Interns of the 2017 Summer Documentary Institute!

 Lead Educator Mikie Burke and 2016 SDI Intern Elyssia Lowe

Lead Educator Mikie Burke and 2016 SDI Intern Elyssia Lowe

We are proud to announce the interns of the 2017 Summer Documentary Institute! It was a highly competitive year with over 45 regional applicants representing youth of all backgrounds and experience levels in media making, production and visual arts. 

Please join us in welcoming Skylar Griffith, Lauren Rose, Shaylan Clark, Kirstin Baum, Benjamin Whaley-Jones, Jaydon Tolliver, Zoe Brookshire-Risley, Dusty Walker Kiser, Hannah Rose Adams and David Matthew Mullins, and our returning peer trainers Kyra Higgins and Tristin Cunniff.  

Skylar Griffith is a 16 year old student from Letcher County, Kentucky.  She is a returning intern who completed the Summer Documentary Institute in 2015. In addition to having great style, Skylar is a gifted musician who plays several instruments.

Lauren Rose is a 19 year old from Letcher County, Kentucky. She is currently a Sophomore in college at the University of Pikeville, where she is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and History.

Shaylan Clark is a 20 year old from Lynch, Kentucky. She is currently a Sophomore at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College and a performer in the Higher Ground Community Theater Project in Harlan County. 

Kirstin Baum is a 17 year old from Knott County, Kentucky. Kirstin is a 2017 Knott County Central graduate who hopes to attend Morehead State University in the fall. Kirstin loves reading, writing, and video games “maybe a little too much.”

Benjamin Whaley-Jones is a 18 year old from Berea, Kentucky. He is part of the 2017 graduating class for Model Laboratory School in Richmond, Kentucky and is a cartoonist and writer.

Jaydon Tolliver, is also a returning SDI intern. Jaydon is a history buff who looks forward to growing his media skills this upcoming summer.

Zoe Brookshire-Risley is a 16 year old from Knoxville, TN. She has attended the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and hopes to pursue a college degree in film production.

Dusty Walker Kiser is a 19 year old from Bluefield, Virginia. He is completing his General Studies Degree at the Wytheville Community College in VA and is interested in learning his family’s history in the region, including his grandmother who worked as an underground coal miner.

Hannah Rose Adams is an 18 year old from Letcher County, Kentucky. She is a graduating senior at Letcher County Central and has worked as a student media content creator for The Holler.

David Matthew Mullins is a 17 year old from Knott County, Kentucky. He is a Knott County Area Technology Center student who has been learning coding and computer science. David hopes to develop skills with photography and digital filmmaking. 

The 29th annual Summer Documentary Institute begins on June 2nd during Appalshop’s annual Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival.