Excited to announce that 2019 will bring a new project, BUS STOP STORIES.
I'll be working alongside artist Kelly Rioux, the Portland, Maine METRO bus system and its riders to get this project off the ground. STAY TUNED!
Bus Stop Stories is a mobile public storytelling project that meets + engages riders right where they’re at–bus stops, shelters + on board the city’s buses. Working alongside riders to create and tell their own stories, the project culminates in an immersive tour, where the public is invited aboard a moving bus to listen to audio stories and view portraits, while stopping at temporary pop-up art/bus shelters created by riders. What if–instead of cultivating invisibility–using the city bus created a new modality for an abundance of omitted voices, ideas + narratives to be heard, celebrated + distributed? Bus Stop Stories centers the art and stories of riders to articulate and frame critical challenges and opportunities, while inserting excitement into a moving system.
Thanks to the KINDLING FUND, a statewide regranting program for artist-organized projects, administered by SPACE Gallery on behalf of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Network.
I was honored to participate in a group installation, World Making, at NEW FRUIT in Portland this August, alongside so many rad women artists. I love New Fruit so much.
My work, TEMPORARY HOMES, an audio-driven installation based on interviews I've done with people living outdoors in Portland, Maine over about 7 years, was up and running. The first iteration of TEMPORARY HOMES was back in 2012 at the now-defunct DIRIGIMUS COLLECTIVE on Thompson's Point in Maine
Hey hey. Happy fall!
My frequent collaborator, Christoph Gelfand, and I created a new short documentary, GOOD NEWS, which we were so happy to screen at the documentary-centric Camden International Film Festival in mid-September. We had fun screening GOOD NEWS alongside other Maine-made films.
GOOD NEWS follows Edgar Gatto and his junk shop in the Bayside neighborhood of Portland, a place where homelessness, politics, religion, and gentrification play out every day. It captures Edgar's small corner of our city, before it's gone.
We loved working with Josh and Erik at Planet Nutshell, animator Marcin Z and local musicians Big Blood. Whew! Looking forward to the festivals.
As part of Maine-based photographer Shoshannah White's project CHATTERMARK, I was honored to produce an audio piece called ICE CORE, MEMORY OF THE PLANET (2017)
5 mins 14 seconds.
ICE CORE, MEMORY OF THE PLANET is based on an interview with Paul Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute at University of Maine. Aside from being a badass explorer, Mayewski has led 55 expeditions to some of the remotest polar and high altitude reaches of the planet-and he says humans are profoundly changed the planet in major ways.
Shoshannah's CHATTERMARK project is a street-art initiative bringing imagery of the Arctic and melting glacial ice to the streets of Maine by injecting imagery of a continually changing Polar landscape into the busy rush of daily life as a reminder of new landscapes resulting from human impact, and a connection/disconnection we have with the world around us. Images are printed at mural scale and adhered to public, exterior walls with an all-natural binder meant to disintegrate with time and weather.
INTO THE LANTERN Exhibit OPENS AT MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM
Happy to announce that our immersive installation Into the Lantern - which recreates the experience of being inside the eastern light at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth, Maine just opened at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine. Have you been there?
Christoph Gelfand (True Life Media) and I have worked hard for the past year-after getting our own set of keys (TRUE!) to the East Tower lighthouse to create a panoramic time-lapse from the top interior of the eastern light. We're talking about rain, sleet, snow, hail, wind, sunsets, birds, cargo boats passing and more over a full year of seasons and sunrises and sunfalls. We also made two documentary shorts, Beyond the Harbor (about the Portland Pilots) and Keeper (a brief history of lighthouse keepers) as well as three unique audio stories about: the untold story of women lighthouse keepers (thanks to Elinor DeWire), Modern Day Lighthouse Keeper USCG Tony Robb, and a whimsical story about how (or if) commercial fishermen in Maine still use our lighthouses these days. (Hint: rarely.)
Into the Lantern is a permanent exhibition so go on up and check it out!
If you're in NYC, go check out the Rural Route Film Festival - July 29-31st, 2016.
The 12th annual Rural Route Film Festival is centered around stories of brave youth and their animal friends. The line-up includes a mix of new movies and all-time classics, plus top notch shorts from around the globe.
We're honored that DIVER screens with other short films as part of the The Opening Night Screening Party (July 29) at Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm (Flagship Long Island City, Queens location). The Core Festival (July 30-31) is at Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY.
Hi Friends! Long time, no news.
The good news is that I've been busy, the bad news is that I'm no good at keeping this website news section up-to-date. Thanks for reading.
I'm happy to say I'm working with Christoph Gelfand (True Life Media) and photographer Tonee Harbert on a short high school basketball themed documentary. (It's about much more than that, more on that later!) We have been in production since Fall 2015, and expect to wrap up shooting in the next few months. This has been a fun one, with lots of community interest!
We've been court-side, in the locker room, at team dinners, on the team bus, and in the school talking to players, coaches, parents and fans! If you'd like to follow the project on FB, please see PHS Basketball Film.
It's looking like we'll be CROWDFUNDING this film, so stay tuned. Thanks!
In November, Christoph and I were honored to be guests on Love Maine Radio with Dr. Lisa Belisle. During the interview, we chatted about our creative process, how we managed to make our short documentary film DIVER, and what inspires us. You can listen to our interview right here at Creative Duos #217
I was super honored to screen my film, Diver (co-produced w/ Christoph Gelfand) at the Camden International Film Festival and the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival this weekend! Keeping Maine films in Maine is always super nice and CIFF, Ben Fowlie, Sean Flynn and the entire CIFF gang always do a super job with the Festival. This year was no exception!
At CIFF, I attended many of the Points North workshops, pitch sessions, and masterclasses along with so many talented filmmakers and industry folks. I attended a sweet live recording of (my favorite podcast) She Does Podcast, hosted by the amazing Elaine Sheldon (HOLLOW) and Sarah Ginsburg. Elaine and Sarah were joined by Shayla Harris (FRONTLINE), Sabaah Jordan (Co-Director, WHOSE STREETS) and Alex Hannibal (Tribeca Film Institute) to lead a roundtable conversation exploring the critically important topic of race and the media. I look forward to listening to the episode.
Some other favorites at CIFF’s Points North were workshops with industry heroes like Andrea Meditch, David Teague, and Alex Gibney. The Points North live Pitch was incredible. So were the parties and mingling. We were also lucky enough to have our underwater cinematographer Heeth Grantham on hand at our screening on Sunday as part of the DIRIGO SHORTS program at the Farnsworth in Rockland, as well as our subject (and friend!) James Sewell and members of his family! It means a lot to have our friends and people in the movie at our screenings and Q&As. Our show had an overflow crowd so CIFF added another screening for 7pm at the STRAND in Rockland!
Christoph headed to Newburyport on Saturday, while I held down the fort at Camden. We had a great screening and Q&A, and we are excited that DIVER won a Special Jury Commendation from Newburyport Documentary Film Festival! Thanks so much! We're honored. We hope to be at CIFF and Newburyport again next year!
*Some of the Q&A and post-Q&A photos from CIFF are courtesy of the talented Alexandra Morrow.