1. A Conversation with Jody Quine


    from Grant Maloy Smith / Added

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    A conversation with Vancouver singer/songwriter Jody Quine about her performance on the album DUST BOWL, from American Roots artist Grant Maloy Smith. Jody and Grant sang a duet on the original song "Pushing Back the Wind"

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    • A Dark Light


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      The first in a series of atmospheric stop motion animated films.

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      • A Healing Place book trailer


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        based on the novel A Healing Place by Joyce Shaughnessy starring Caitlin Geier Christopher Murphy Paul Billy Sutton Stacey Krause Alexa Krause Brielle Krause Louisa Fischer Raymond Castaneda Bobbye Louise Ames voice-over Caitlin Geier original score Dave Holden 1st AC Jared R. Moore written by Ignatius Fischer and Brian Dillon produced by Brian Dillon directed, shot and edited by Ignatius Fischer filmed on location at the Ames Ranch in Winchester, CA (call 951-767-2316 for rental information)

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        • Alex Webb reading an excerpt from his novel set in the Dust Bowl -- THE SKULL OF THE WORLD


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          Reading a chapter of a novel at the 2011 Graduate Reading Series. The audio on this video didn't sync right when I uploaded it. Working on a solution. For now enjoy with just your ears.

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          • A Lonesome Fog


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            This is a video I edited for the band Tears of the Moosechaser. you can see more about the band at: www.moosechaser.com

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            • A Wooden Frog For Christmas


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              An animated music video describing life during the dust bowl era. By 1929 and the crash of the stock market, South Dakota, was already beginning to wither on both the climatic and economic vine. In fact, one writer suggests that when all the commotion about Black Friday on Wall Street hit the papers, the folks in South Dakota were saying something like "been there done that already".... only worse. It was a day and age when the "science" suggested that anthropogenic climate change could not only be induced, but also manipulated by farmers plowing their fields....the result being rain! The added benefit of this fulfilled the desires of a government obsessed with manifest control of the plains, and the dreams of land boosters eager to make big money on the prairie. But to explorer-scientist John Wesley Powell, who extrapolated real climatological data from field observations, the notion of thousands of little homesteads on the prairie was a paradox. As he observed, this region was prone to drought and required special choices, (not necessarily conventional ones) on behalf of those who wanted to survive there. Nevertheless, the unconventional party surged unto the plains anyway and for a little while, in the 1870s and 80s they toasted their glasses to what seemed to be a victory over the atmosphere. But the outcome of mixing up this cocktail of teleological, wishful scientific thinking with the stubborn ways of Mariah produced an ecological disaster that in the end put nothing but sand in everyone's glass. There was another opinion out there....it just wasn't as politically appealing as believing that "rain would follow the plow." Mariah's wrath was delivered without malice or mercy. Rather, it was a society steeped in policies made to profit egos as well as bank rolls that induced something other than what their prophets promised to become a utopian Garden of Eden. And for the rest, the honest folks, who just believed, they suffered, while the prairies burned like Hades. This is the story of a Dust Bowl Christmas. It could have taken place in South Dakota or practically anywhere from Texas to Saskatchewan. From the late 20s into an era known as the Dirty Thirties, living in the Dust Bowl region was a tough nut to crack. Although some left it all for "pastures of plenty" (only to find that those pastures contained almost as slim a pickings as from where they had fled) still, some statistics suggest four out of five dust bowl residents stuck it out. What made them stay? The reward of their commitment would ultimately come into fruition decades later...with the advent of highly advanced irrigation systems and scientific applications to farming. The commitment to stay was a tough go. As farmers and their neighbors lost their land and homes to the banks and to the wind, for some, even the holidays were bleak. Help would ultimately come much later from the government. But in the mean time, despite dust filled lungs, and pockets lined with more dust than money, despite more failed crops and barren gardens, somehow, even after most of their world had blown away, and Eden had gone bad, some stayed the course, with perhaps only love to sustain them. Dr. Marian Mustoe Geographer Eastern Oregon University

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              • Backstage: The Grapes of Wrath First Rehearal | Costume Design


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                Garry Lennon, Costume Designer for A Noise Within's production of The Grapes of Wrath, speaks to the cast and crew about the importance of costuming in telling this quintessentially American Story. The Grapes of Wrath runs from February 16 - May 11, 2013. For tickets and more information, visit www.anoisewithin.org/grapesofwrath

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                • Baltic Sea 2014


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                  This summer I went on a cruise with my parents und documented the trip with the help of my beloved little camera. Includes footage shot in Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm and Warnemünde. Equipment: Canon EOS 60D / Canon EF 50mm / Canon EF-S 17-55mm / all handheld Music: Other Lives - Dust Bowl

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                  • Broken Heart: Piss, Dirt & Ants


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                    My work is often site-specific, and I like to capture the unique properties of a locale. This was filmed outside of Marfa, Texas during the landmark drought of 2011, the biggest drought since the Dust Bowl, and a windstorm was moving in. I filmed this busy ant nest, as they scurried to cover their home--this was shot at 24 frames per second, then slowed it down to one frame every 12 seconds over a period of four hours, from late afternoon to sunset. I started to view the scene abstractly, focusing on color, especially how bright the ants were against the dirt. I collected and sifted bright red dirt from the surrounding area and urinated on their nest (remember water is a luxury during a drought) then flung the dirt so it sifted over their nest. It was gorgeous to watch it change over a few hours. On a personal note, I thought the nest was shaped like a heart, and was going through a heartbreak at the time, so pissing on it was symbolic.

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                    • Broken Horse


                      from Sara Mithra / Added

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                      This poem film explores the relationship between the labor of the Western frontier and its emotional legacy. Choosing semi-professional archival footage allowed me to present a story of wreckage. Thanks to the Prelinger Archives for providing such a rich trove of creative commons films.

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