Composium Album, Montreal 2005
Quebec is famous for its ongoing cultural tug-of-war between the Anglophones and Francophones, as well as the old vs. the new. The idea for this project hit me in the middle of the night while I was pondering this unnecessary negativity and demanded to be made.
- Kerri Coombs
How to Change the World
How to Change the World is a documentary film, from writer-director Jerry Rothwell (Deep Water), which chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers who set out to stop Richard Nixon's nuclear bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska, and end up creating the worldwide green movement with the birth of Greenpeace.
Learning your adversary's tactics saves you the trouble of thinking everything up from scratch.
Elle Ardani is originally from Tehran, Iran. She arrived in Canada from England in 1990.
Her work aims to explore the use of urban spaces as both transformational and inspirational tools. Images are used to express various subjective states that are often too challenging to articulate in any given verbal language.
Elle’s photography creates moods that aim to address the emotional vulnerability of the viewer. The images are often atmospheric and introspective, inviting the viewer on an internal journey.
A few weeks ago, after months (if not years) of feeling a constant undercurrent of dread and anxiety, I paused to consider where these feelings came from and whether anything could be done about them.
I’m happy to report that my contemplation delivered some really smokin’ insights.
Facebook is making you depressed.
I have meditated a bunch and done a lot of psychotropic drugs. As a result, I often experience my emotions as a primarily physiological sensation that it takes me quite some time to explain. While this brings huge disadvantages in any conversation that starts with “What’s wrong?” it is invaluable in quickly identifying that something or other is indeed wrong.
If I’m uncomfortable with something I know it right away, although I may not be able to explain it. Since you have a human brain too, I assume this may also be the case for you, unless you’ve never had an epiphany, in which case you probably just blame your lover and move on with your life.
As I nurture a fragile recovery after a long dry spell, I am becoming mindful of patterns in my creative cycle. This week I had a pivotal insight: capitalist culture, with its emphasis on product over process, has been profoundly undermining my self-expression.
To give a little background, I’ve nailed down my creative cycle to six basic phases.
Something I’ve noticed about the world niggles. It niggles for a while. Then it suddenly assembles itself into something that can be communicated to others – a story, a painting, a song, an essay, a performance. It demands to be made so it can be shared.
The Burning Flame
When I experience this epiphany, I begin to assemble whatever form of art the niggle has demanded. With reckless enthusiasm, I throw everything into the project. I am wary of anything that might slow me down. I want to get as far as possible before the final stage of this cycle
What's Your Story, Vancouver?
An inquisitive look at Vancouver's best and brightest. Those who create the life they want to live give some insight on their journey. Our city. Our stories.
Hosted by James Jenkins, produced by Sean Dimitrie for Sea2Sky Productions.
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“Filmmaking is a really important medium to me. I grew up infront of a TV, I grew up watching anime and Korean dramas. I was really into that world of storytelling. I’ve always been watching movies and that’s the way my family connected,” she reveals.
“The TV has always been around and it’s been the way we can come together without having to talk about anything. We just watch and it’s a way of connecting.”
Revolutions need good storytellers; otherwise people die for nothing.