Raymond’s Lindsey Nordin wins National Parks  ‘Emmy’ for film about Chinookan creation story

<p>From left, student filmmakers Caelan Hensley, Lindsey Nordin and Brooke Reichert act out a scene in their award-winning video using silhouette-style cutouts. Produced at last year’s Teen Film Camp at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, the video tells the Chinookan creation story.</p>

    RAYMOND — “I thought it was really cool when I found out I had won a (National Park Service) Emmy for a film Brooke (Reichert) and Caelan (Hensley) from Astoria and I had done at film camp at Fort Clatsop,” Lindsey Nordin, a sophomore-to-be at Raymond High School, said.

    “Even though I had never done a documentary film, I liked doing the project. I read about the opportunity in a newspaper, but I had no idea you could win an award,” Nordin said. She took part in the film camp taught at Lewis and Clark National State Historical Park near Warrenton, Ore.

    “The most difficult part of the filming was the hot lights we used during the shadow puppet part of the documentary. It took a half an hour to cool down each time we took a break. The neatest thing was meeting new people and being able to use the really high-tech cameras. They are professional cameras and cost thousands of dollars, so you had to be very careful,” Nordin explained.

    “I absolutely will attend the next film camp at Fort Clatsop in August. Will George runs the camp and he is really nice. If you have a problem, he will help you solve it,” Nordin said. “My favorite classes in high school are English, which helps me write my films, and art, which helps me visualize what I want the film to be.

    “Movies are both visual art and entertainment and they should make the audience think. I try to combine words, music, and action in my films. I absolutely want to be a director or screen writer after I graduate,” Nordin said.

    “Never stop going to films. Get out and enjoy them,” she concluded. Lindsey is the daughter of Mike and Lea Nordin of Raymond.

    The film for which Nordin, Reichert and Hensley won their National Parks regional Emmy explored the Chinookan creation story and what it means to modern tribal people. “We Know Where We Came From,” was written, directed and produced by Nordin, Reichert and Hensley. The regional Emmy was given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ northwest chapter and was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Interior through the National Park Service.

    During the filming, the students interviewed Charlotte Basch, Emmi Collier and Lorraine Basch, who are of Clatsop Indian descent. Nordin, Reichert and Hensley used a variety of techniques to tell the creation story.

    They developed the film during Lewis and Clark National Historical Park’s third annual Teen Film Camp in June. The park and the non-profit Northwest Documentary developed the film camp curriculum. Award-winning filmmakers Ian McCluskey and Josh McHale served as advisors to Reichert, Nordin and Hensley.

    The park’s fourth annual Teen Film Camp will be Aug. 20 through Aug. 24.

    To register or for more information about the camp that is for high school students entering grades nine through 12, go to the website:

    To see the films, visit the park’s YouTube channel at the website:

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