Tuesday, September 29, 2009

production notes

"echoes" was inspired by a poem of the same name that I wrote on September 11, 2001, commonly referred to as 9/11. I wanted to experiment with mixing forms and textures, while incorporating poetry and dance, to create a visual poem. Lee Maracle, renowned writer of Salish and Cree ancestry, says to use beautiful words to say hard things. I believe that this type of visual poem, even with its graphic imagery, can be a beautiful way to make a political statement. That is why I have incorporated this style into my next film, "December 6", commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

The only film component of this piece is the Super 8 footage of dancer Oriana Evoy, the Gothic Ballerina who, in my mind, represents the twin towers. Based on footage of the live dancer, I created both a 2-dimensional cut out and a 3-dimensional stop motion puppet during an Experimental Animation course at the Quickdraw Animation Society and filmed them on mini DV using iStopMotion. I also incorporated still photographs manipulated in Photoshop along with video clips manipulated in Final Cut Pro into "echoes". The soundtrack was created in Garageband and incorporates a 10-second clip of the opening piano notes of Metric's song "The Twist". Spoken word vocals were provided by Emma Claire Miller, the actress from my silent film "Coda in G Minor". Some day, I will make a film that includes Emma Claire's voice and visuals at the same time!

Monday, September 28, 2009

upcoming screenings

I am excited to announce that "echoes" has been selected for the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto and the chashama Film Festival in New York City.

At imagineNATIVE, it is screening in the Experimental Program entitled "Non Compliance"... a title that feels very well suited to my film. I will be in attendance for that screening.

At chashama, "echoes" is scheduled to open their "Working for Change" program. Given the fact that this film relates to the events of 9/11, I'm quite moved to be screening it in New York, the city so devestated by those events. I really wish I could be in attendance for that one, but I'll be pre-production for my next film by then (production begins in November). If anyone reading this blog attends that screening, I'd love to have you post comments about it here.

Both screenings are this October; details can be found in the sidebar. And maybe I'll see some of you in Toronto!

Thursday, August 27, 2009


The poem...
written by Cara Mumford on September 11, 2001.

Melancholy riffs
echo in my head,
so empty of all thought.
such images of evil
and the din of fear,
last breaths.

And I fancy that I see
the fabric of freedom
like an ancient shroud,
into so much dust—
a broken trust—
on the streets of the city.

Dante had nothing on this.

The evil that man wreaks upon man
overwhelms me
as before,
as always.
And my cold soul
fills with loneliness.

There is no anger yet,
nor tears,
just despair and sorrow
to face the morrow.

So as this long day collapses into dark night,
the only solace that I find
is in the blues refrain
that echoes in my mind.