I recently finished documenting a one year project conducted by Earthand Gleaners Society, entitled LAND AND SEA. Lead artists Sharon Kallis and Rebecca Graham, together with numerous local knowledge holders, lead a series of workshops and conversation circles investigating coastal traditions around net making and fish leather. Subjects covered included spinning nettle and flax, weaving nets, salmon skin tanning, stitching, and beading. Several walking tours of the Vancouver shoreline were given by First Nations facilitators, describing the deep history and traditions of this place. A final exhibition was mounted at the Roundhouse Community Centre in September 2018, which included the building of a coracle, an ancient boat design used by many cultures around the world.
Filming Nicola Hodges at Trillium North Park in Vancouver – photo Sharon Kallis
Spinning Flax at Trillium North Park in Vancouver
Rebecca Graham and Sharon Kallis launch the coracle in the pond at Carb Park, Vancouver
The resulting work is a 15 part series of short videos, each covering one facet of the project. These can be viewed on Earthand Gleaners Youtube channel.
Upsetting the Applecart will be featured in the 17th annual Filmed by Bike Festival, in Portland Oregon, taking place May 17-19, 2019. The film screens as part of the Triumph program, on May 19th at 5:30 at the Hollywood Theatre.
In September and October of this year, my short film “Upsetting the Apple Cart: Building the Weaving Wagon” screened at three festivals stateside, all of which I was lucky enough to attend.
The first was the long running Portland Eco Film Festival (September 27-30 2018), which takes place each year at the beautiful Hollywood Theatre in Portland. Organized by the wonderful Dawn Smallman, it hosts four days of though-provoking films and related events in one of my favourite cities, bringing together filmmakers and environmentalists both local and from around the world.
After the festival, I had several days to visit various parts of Oregon, including Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Salem, and Crater Lake before arriving in Eugene.
Crater Lake, Oregon
The first annual Eugene Environmental Film Festival took place in several venues in the downtown area (October 5-7, 2018). Co-directors Michele Eggers Barison and Ana McAbee did a terrific job in welcoming filmmakers and putting together a varied and compelling lineup of films.
The last festival was the fantastic Friday Harbor Film Festival. Held in the town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Washington State (October 26-28, 2018), it is lovingly organized by residents Karen Palmer and Lynn Danaher, together with a host of local volunteers. Screenings over three days are held in five venues, with the entire community participating. Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was presented with the Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award.
At screening with Katharina Stieffenhofer, director of From Seed To Seed
My short film, Upsetting the Apple Cart: Building the Weaving Wagon, will be screening as part of Elements Film Festival in Vancouver British Columbia on April 15, 2018.
“The Elements Film Festival features dozens of nature, wildlife and conservation themed films by filmmakers all over the world. April 14-15, 2018 at The TELUS World of Science on beautiful False Creek, Vancouver. All daytime programming is INCLUDED with Science World admission. TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 15 for evening programs and Festival Launch Party.”
Posted in DIY, environmental, Film, Transportation
Tagged DIY, documentary film, environmental, Festival, sustainability, Transportation, Vancouver, weaving, Willow
Here is my latest collaboration with Sharon Kallis, Rebecca Graham, and EartHand Gleaners Society. This short film documents the planning, construction, and use of the Weaving Wagon, a bicycle powered cart that allows these two environmental artist to take their show on the road, without need of a car or truck. Along the way, they work with bike engineer and Shift Delivery co-owner Geoff Hibbard and Alastair Heseltine, an expert willow weaver at his studio on Hornby Island. Part of a wave of local businesses that are employing pedal power, the Weaving Wagon also harkens back to an earlier time before the internal combustion engine, when a wide variety of hand made vehicles carried our goods and services.
Sharon surveys the nearly completed wagon.
Filming Rebecca during the weaving process. (Sharon Kallis photo)
Shooting an interview with Alastair Hesletine. (Sharon Kallis photo)
I’ve finished three new ladles from cherry wood as a request. The curve of the wood occurred near the flared base of the tree, and I was able to split several blanks for spoons, each with a slightly different angle to the curve. As the tree had already been cut into short lengths by a city work crew, they seemed a bit short as ladles. I solved this by adding a decorative end of teak that makes a nice contrast in colour. The joint was both pegged and glued, and the finished pieces given a coat of beeswax, carnauba and mineral oil.