I recently completed another short teaser with the fantastic Vancouver-based dance company, All Bodies Dance Project, for their upcoming performance entitled “Trace”. It features choreography by Cherylann Buckman, Sarah Lapp and Harmanie Taylor, Diana McKenzie, and Adam Grant Warren and is directed by Naomi Brand. Performances May 18, 19, 20, 2016 at the Roundhouse Performance Centre in Vancouver.
I had the great fortune of having my short film, ALL BODIES DANCE: SEE AND BE SEEN, included in the Multiplié Dance Festival in Trondheim, Norway this year. With very generous support from DansiT, the organizing group, I was able to travel to beautiful Trondheim to attend the festival. This year, it was combined within the larger Minimalen Film Festival, a long running festival devoted to short form film-making.
I spent a week in Trondheim, watching an amazing selection of short films, exploring the stunning city, and spending time with my gracious hosts, Ingeborg Dugstad Sanders and Arnhild Staal Pettersen from DansiT. The two other members of the team, Eline Bjerkan and Tone Tronstad, were away during my visit.
I was able to attend and film a workshop, put on by DansiT, that involved two groups of dancers coming together with live musicians and a guest choreographer, Mia Habib, who took the all abilities participants through a range of activities and movements. I was moved by the incredible sense of enthusiasm and joy that she was able to bring into focus during the evening.
While in Trondheim I was interviewed by Anne Katherine Fallmyr, along with Ingeborg and Arnhild for the arts program Hovedscenen, for the Norwegian Broadcasting Company, NRK. With moments to spare in my tight timeline, I was able to shoot a short interview with Ingeborg that I hope to include in a longer version of ALL BODIES DANCE that I am working on.
I am very glad to have made the connection with DansiT, and learn about the activities they support in dance and film. I was particularly honoured to be included with such an incredible range of fantastic dance films in the program put together for the festival.
This year my spoon carving improved, as did my level of production. I have switched over to using a knife finish entirely, which has been great in lowering the amount of sawdust in my house and given the finished product a much more interesting look.
I was lucky in obtaining a large supply of cherry wood from two trees that were cut down in a local park. I’ve got to the point now that I can complete a spoon in a single sitting, although it’s often necessary to do a few refinements after the wood is completely dry in a couple of weeks. They are finished with a mixture of beeswax, mineral oil, and a smaller amount of carnauba wax for hardness.
This film was commissioned by The Stanley Park Ecology Society to document the first part of their Creative Upcycling Project in Stanley Park, in Vancouver, Canada. Biologist Erica Forssman, shows volunteers how to remove invasive plants, such as Himalayan Blackberry and English Ivy from Blowdown sites, where sunlight has given these plants an advantage over native species. Environmental Artist, Sharon Kallis then helps to repurpose the removed material, that would otherwise be considered waste. With help from SPES Stewardship Coordinator, Sam Cousins, volunteers weave blackberry wattle fences and install ivy Bio-netting to restore the eroded banks of North Creek, an environmentally sensitive site in the park.
I recently finished work on the film documentation of The Urban Cloth Project.
Sharon Kallis, Tracy Williams, Mirae Rosner and Rebecca Duncan worked together to make this project happen. It looks at how we can grow and process fibre to make cloth in our own community, and what is involved in the large-scale industrial production of clothing around the world.
Original music composed and performed by Clara Shandler.
The Storyhive Short Film Competition is in its final week. Thirty winners are given 10,000 dollars to complete their films. Please support my project “Mr Fire-man Builds a Horn Orchestra out of Wood.” You can vote once a day for the next week at: http://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/907
Synopsis: David Gowman, aka Mr Fire-man, is the creator of “The Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra.” Equal parts arborist, musician, craftsman, and agent-provocateur, his songs mirthfully take the piss out of consumerism, conformity and religion with hits like Aliens, Too Much Pie, and Zombies, played in clubs, festivals and community gardens of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He sustainably harvests a local Paulownia tree and other renewable crops to build his eccentric instruments. With his artwork, concerts and workshops, he activates both friends and community in ways that are thoughtful, provocative, and life-affirming. This is a story of one man who has turned away from mass-culture and consumption, and has built his own life in a sustainable way, enriching the local environment around him.
Vote for my film-pitch at http://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/907
Between October 26 and November 8, 2015, you can vote once everyday to give me a chance to win 10,000 dollars to make this film.