Today we're talking to Ryan Camp, founder of Northman Creative, a video production company based out of Nashville, TN. Ryan's latest project, Finding our Way, is a feature-length documentary giving a behind-the-scenes look at the work of Thistle Farms and the stories of the women who make up our community.
Hi Ryan, let's talk about how and when you became a Thistle Farmer.
"Since 2014, I've created video content, helping Thistle Farms share the mission and the stories of individual women in the program. Through this process, I've had a front-row seat for viewing the work that Thistle Farms is doing and over time I've just fallen in love with the organization and this community. I love being a part of this community.”
What is it about Thistle Farms that you want to convey to your audience?
"The women who work their way through the Thistle Farms program embody some of the most difficult stories I've ever come across. But despite that, I’ve heard and seen amazing stories of healing, recovery, and strength. There is so much hope and encouragement in this place and I'm just amazed by the people here."
This sounds like a such big undertaking. Why now?
"The reason I'm working on this project is because I believe that what's happening here needs to be shared in a comprehensive way. There is a lot to be discouraged about when you read the news and this is a tangible way for me to use my time and energy to help create a platform for the stories of hope and healing I encounter every week here at Thistle Farms."
Women who are graduates of the Magdalene program, aka Thistle Farms Residential, are Executive Producers on this project, why was that important?
"Community is one of the secret ingredients for success here and I believe it’s essential for this project as well. The executive producers who are working with me are the experts. They are they guides I can lean on to make sure the story is true to all that Thistle Farms encompasses."
Ok, lets get this movie made!“Thistle Farms is a beacon of hope here in Nashville and I hope "Finding Our Way" will be a powerful way to extend that light to communities everywhere. If you’d like to support, donate to our Kickstarter campaign today! Every bit helps fuel the tank for the journey we are about to embark on. Thanks for your support!"