Friday, July 8, 2011

Deframing the Frame

A while back, I entered "echoes" into a contest called "Deframing the Frame." The concept:
The goal of this contest is to sponsor the development of single author movies. We have developed a multi-layered idiom that fuses literature with cinema. We like this direction but are open to other attempts to forge a viable form for single author movies. The only other element to keep in mind is that De-framing the Frame is looking to do just that—to shatter the frames that media has placed on events. So the submission should do this in some manner, either overtly or experimentally.
I thought the concept fit well with "echoes" even though my film pushes the boundaries of "single author" by incorporating a single dancer shot on Super 8 along with the animation that I created combined with found photos and footage, but I certainly think it "shatters the frames that media has placed on events." Turns out that it comes down to an audience choice vote, though, which I wasn't expecting. So here I am, asking for you to watch "echoes" on YouTube (or just scroll down and watch it on this blog) and vote for it here: Deframing the Frame - 2011 Audience Choice Vote. Thanks for your support!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Calgary Dreams

"echoes" will be screening in Calgary, Alberta on June 3rd as part of Calgary Dreams: A selection of Aboriginal films from Dreamspeakers Film Festival.

June 1-4, 2011
Wednesday June 1 @ 7pm - “Down the Mighty River” - the story of the relationship of displaced Cree with the Hydro Dam development that unsettled them. (CSIF Sofa Cinema – J2, 2711 Battleford Ave. SW – Currie Barracks)

Thursday June 2 @ 7pm - “Qimmit” – an overview of the changes experienced by the Inuit from 1950-1970 with their loss of sled dogs and semi-nomadic lifestyle. A controversial issue at the time, many Inuit still believe that their dogs were deliberately killed by the RCMP as part of government policy to force them off the land. (CSIF Sofa Cinema – J2, 2711 Battleford Ave. SW – Currie Barracks)

Friday June 3 @ 7pm – Local Aboriginal Short Films – a selection of live-action and animated short films by local artists. Featuring films by: Stephen J. George, Terrance Houle, Cara Mumford, Christiana Latham, Laura Auger, Kevin Littlelight, Elija Wells, Jack Saddleback and more (The Plaza Theatre – 1133 Kensington Rd. NW)

Saturday June 4 @ 7pm – “Boy” – It is 1984, and Michael Jackson is king-even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy’s father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version-an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. This is where the goat enters. (The Plaza Theatre – 1133 Kensington Rd. NW)

Tickets: $8 Members, Students, Seniors; $10 General Admission
Available at the door.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

echoes now on YouTube

I recently submitted "echoes" to Deframing the Frame, an online new media competition via YouTube. The description of the competition:

"This is not a search for movies or for fiction or for journalistic stories. It is a search for a fusion of such elements into a new usable idiom of expression. Use text but make it visual text. Use images (still images or video) but preferably images you have found, rather than staged and shot (some staging and shooting can be done, but keep it to a minimum). Use your work to de-frame the mainstream frames within which media has imprisoned our reality."

Since I thought that described echoes well, I decided to upload it. So it is now available to watch online!