James Gortner's "the Lovers" (2008-2013) is a series of paintings based on his relationship with photographer Carolina Palmgren, the symbolism found in the Tarot, and his theories on artistic production.
Gortner's painted image begins as a construction of many other artist's original works. He then renders excerpt figures from Carolina's own photography that literally weave themselves in and out of the works picture plane and narrative. All the while he builds the surface sculpturally with thick paint, cut paintings, stencil and found objects.
Gortner organizes his collection of others paintings not only to make an allegorical portrait of his subject via her own gaze, but also uses the found symbolism of the Tarot as guideline. Each painting is Gortner's giant interpretive homage to one of 14 tarot cards. The same 14 cards that were read to him by Carolina, shortly after they met.
Award winning filmmaker Diana O'Gilvie, explores Jamaican jerk cuisine's humble beginnings to its rise on the global culinary stage.
Join her as your host and traverse from the streets of Kingston, the hills in Walkers Wood and to the birthplace of jerk, Boston, Portland. The tour hops across the ocean to Florida, New York and New Mexico to feature young, innovative chefs like Renee Rose Currier, Nigel Spence and Anthony Miller's interpretation of Jamaican jerk spices.
A Thousand Suns tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.