After the Affordability Action Hub rally on February 18th at Jack Poole Plaza, we spoke to "Homes Not Hotels" founder Ulrike Rodrigues and got her summation of the impact Airbnb has had on Vancouver and what's being done about it.
This piece is an excerpt from a larger work called "On Poetics" by BC composer Scott Edward Godin. Its full title is "Melos (Melody); Dianoia (Thought)" and is performed here by the magnificent Victoria Guitar Trio. The full work appears on their new CD "Concentric Rings" redshiftrecords.org/releases/tk450/
The piece is a clever deconstruction and reconstruction of an old blues classic by Blind Willie Johnson made famous by Ry Cooder for the 1984 Wim Wenders film "Paris, Texas". I've always loved the piece, the film and this trio's work. I chose to shoot some evocative, dream-like scenery in the desert areas of central Washington State to mirror the slightly woozy effect of the music. We then had the trio perform at Ironworks studio on a dark, rainy fall day. The challenge then became to evoke the feel of a shack interior on a warm sunny afternoon!
Production of this video was supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia.
This is a new video connected to the Sphaerae project, a series of photos I made for exhibition and for which loscil (Scott Morgan) created eight new pieces. Eventually I made a video for VR Media using #8. You can see the first production on our homepage at vancouverreviewmedia.com
In the fall of 2016 I revisited the tracks Scott had made and felt a renewed interest and thought it worthwhile to create a new video using #1 as a soundtrack. In it I use an image of Sphaerae #1 and then let it dissolve into a blend of new footage and remixed elements from the first video. If time and imagination permits, I'll do six more of these.
Koneline is a gorgeous new film about the complexity of life in northern British Columbia. It is a poetic and moving portrait of people from all walks of life, many with divergent interests in the future of the land. It gets at the very heart of what it means to live in such a beautiful place and how or if we can reconcile the "needs" of modernity while preserving the wilderness and indigenous cultures. We interviewed director Nettie Wild about the film and what's changed in her approach to filmmaking.