Champlain Alumni Jean Luc Dushime '10 Wins Video Award

Jean Luc Dushime '10, a photographer and VCAM producer, has won the 2013 Hometown Video Award from the Alliance for Community Media.

Dushime's video was shot and edited for the African band A2VT (Africa to Vermont), featuring the song "Winooski, My Town." It is dedicated to Winooski, a town in Vermont that is diversifying rapidly with the arrival of immigrants and resettled refugees.

"I have a dream, and VCAM has helped give me the means to pursue it," said Dushime, who received his degree in public relations at Champlain College in 2010.

As a teenager, Dushime survived the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo nine years later. He moved to Burlington in 2004. His work focuses on capturing the resiliency of the human soul, documenting social and cultural issues, the effects of migration and integration on small communities, and vice versa. His work was profiled in the current issue of Champlain View, a magazine for friends, family and alumni of Champlain College. He will speak at a TEDx talk in Los Angeles, CA on June. 29.

"Everything I've done really comes from my desire to communicate my experience with the world." Dushime was helped with his video training by VCAM's Bill Simmon and Matt Goudey. "The Fundamentals of Digital Cinematography workshop is for VCAM users who are looking to up their game by making the transition from basic videography to actual cinematography," said Simmon. VCAM's free workshop series is designed to help newcomers to VCAM become familiar with the tools and techniques of digital video production.

The winning video can be viewed here

A video about Jean Luc Dushime: An Artist's Journey: The Photography of Jean Luc Dushime

Read about Jean Luc Dushime in the Champlain View

About Jean Luc Dushime: Jean Luc Dushime's work focuses on capturing the resiliency of the human soul, documenting social and cultural issues, the effects of migration and integration on small communities, and vice versa.

About VCAM: Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM) promotes free speech, civic engagement, government transparency and public dialogue by enabling easy access to the expanding world of media.

About Alliance for Community Media: The Alliance represents over 3,000 Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) access organizations and community media centers throughout the country. The ACM works to protect the interests of these access centers and those who use PEG facilities and equipment to advance their causes through cable television and the Internet.


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.