Tag Archives: Willow

Three Film Festivals

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.

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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.

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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.

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Oregon Coast

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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.

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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.

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Friday Harbor

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At screening with Katharina Stieffenhofer, director of From Seed To Seed

 

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Elements Film Festival

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.”

https://www.elementsfilmfest.org

Upsetting the Apple Cart: Building the Weaving Wagon

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.

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Sharon surveys the nearly completed wagon.

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Filming Rebecca during the weaving process. (Sharon Kallis photo)

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Shooting an interview with Alastair Hesletine. (Sharon Kallis photo)

Willow Snake

This is a short film I made back in 2013.

https://vimeo.com/61314287
In 2013, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver commissioned artist and weaver Alastair Heseltine to create a green willow sculpture in honour of the Chinese year of the Water Snake. Built over a period of five days in January with the help of community members, the 60 foot snake was then paraded through Chinatown before being installed in the Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. This short film documents the frenzied pace of construction, as a small army of volunteers work against the clock to shape a truckload of willow branches into cross-cultural symbol of power and regeneration.

Music by Kevin MacLeod