How to Tell #OurParkAndRecStory: Storytelling Through Video

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Gear up for Parks & Rec month with this incredibly popular talk from summer 2021 on the power of storytelling! 

July’s 2021 Park and Recreation Month theme is “Our Park and Recreation Story.” To kick things off we’re offering this free learning opportunity that will give park and recreation professionals the skills needed to effectively interview community members, capture their stories and share them through compelling video. Join Casey Stein — a filmmaker who has directed projects for Nike, The New York Times, IBM, American Express, David Bowie and more — as he shares the basics of storytelling, tips for how to interview members of your community on camera, and best practices for capturing compelling video you can use to help amplify the stories that show the impact parks and recreation has in your community.

Casey Stein (he/him/his)


Casey Stein is a Washington, D.C., born, New York-educated and Brooklyn-based director. His films and interactive experiences have screened around the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and Forum Des Images. You can check out his work here:

Cort Jones (he/him/his) (Moderator)

Communications Manager

National Recreation and Park Association

Cort Jones is the communications manager for the National Recreation and Park Association and co-host of Open Space Radio. He manages NRPA’s Park and Recreation Month campaign, a month-long celebration of the essential work of park and recreation professionals. He enjoys connecting with NRPA members and helping them share their stories in order to elevate their good work. 

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