Carli Leimbach Creative Producer, Curator & Director
I worked with Alex King as a mentor on the Northern Rivers ArtStart Young Creatives Mentoring Project in 2011.
Twelve young creatives from across the Northern Rivers, Australia, representing a diverse range of interests including music, film, visual arts, fashion, creative writing, dance, street art, installation and videography, were selected to take part in this six month program.
The program was designed to give the selected participants creative direction and support from a specially selected mentor, and funds towards the achievement of a creative project.
Alex King stood out for me from the introduction session. At only 17, he was brimming with ideas, enthusiasm and appreciation for the program. It had a ripple effect on the group. When he started sharing his story and experience of growing up in Grafton I could see that he was pretty culturally isolated and hungry for dynamic creative input.
Alex King was already very skilled technically across video production and editing, which allowed us to focus on film language and the craft of digital storytelling. The finished film that he wrote, filmed and edited based around his recent experiences in Fiji ended up being a poetic and well-conceived piece. Alex King and I remain Facebook friends and I continue to be inspired by his adventurous and creative spirit.