Wide Shot/Close Up is an original work, using the medium of video and video installation, where multiple individuals from around the Columbia Basin will be asked to speak candidly about identity and perceptions about themselves and other social groups seemingly different than their own. Funded by a major project grant from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and other pending sources, the exhibition will launch at Touchstones Nelson in November of 2014.
The wide shot taken by one camera will capture their broader surroundings within their ‘home’ space, acting like a canvas. While their words and facial expressions, shot by a second camera, colour the canvas, like paint. When installed, the juxtapositions of people paired together by a variety of video screens, will allow a fresh conversation about identity, bringing cultural differences alive with visual and auditory contrasts.
My objective for the video installation Wide Shot/Close Up is to build community one conversation at a time. I believe that the greatest social shifts towards acceptance between different socio-cultural groups arise in unexpected places when we connect with those that are most seemingly different from us.
The Mir Centre for Peace is partnering with Watershed Productions on Wide Shot/Close Up by providing consultation on the content and structure of the conversations, through integration of the video installation into their existing programming and engaging the public with the process.
Commissioned by the Knowledge Network If These Mountains Could Talk is a thirty-minute documentary that tells an original and personal history of Nelson and the Kootenays. Currently working on the production are Amy Bohigian – Director/Producer, Nicole Tremblay – Researcher, Ben Euerby – Composer, Daryl Jolly – Editor and Gregory Mackenzie – Executive Producer. Dozens of local experts and historians have been consulted on this exciting project set for full release and broadcast in the fall of 2014 with the premiere tentatively planned this summer at Nelson’s own Civic Theatre.
Basin Stories is a series of eleven short documentaries, each between 5 and 10 minutes in length, that were created from over sixty interviews conducted throughout the Columbia Basin with displaced residents, biologists, First Nations people, elected officials, historians and former BC Hydro employees. Each video centres around a particular topic, like agriculture, electricity, and ecosystems, exploring how each was experienced in the Columbia Basin before, during and after the construction of the Columbia River Treaty dams. To view the videos visit the Columbia Basin website here. Produced in 2013.
I have never been an ambassador until now. Since moving here in 2006, I’ve shown family and friends from out of town what Nelson has to offer from the freshly baked fougasse at the French Bakery to the beautiful backcountry of Kokanee Glacier Park. I’ve always marvelled at the quality and breadth of cultural and artistic initiatives that go on in a city of 10,000 people. As I dig deeper into research for the Knowledge Network history series entitled “If These Mountains Could Talk” I only get clearer how this community was founded by a creative spirit. It takes imagination to live here – many of us traded in steady paycheques and a bit of our rational brain to move to this remote mountainous town. Unlike big city living where closing doors and saying no is habit, here, in Nelson, people are ready to say yes – to a conversation in the grocery line-up, to reinventing the local movie theatre, to giving folks like me opportunities to make a living here. Now, it’s my turn to say YES! – Nelson is a unique and special place to live. As the cultural ambassador (I know many of you play this role with me), I get to make it my official duty to turn attention to what people have known for generations about living here – it’s the relentless creative spirit of Nelson that captures people’s imagination and supports the claim that it’s Canada’s best small arts town.
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The student-made documentary “North & South: a documentary” premiered on September 18th at the Civic Theatre in Nelson BC. See it here: http://youtu.be/AXuqog8s2x8. Amy Bohigian of Watershed Productions mentored the 17 LV Rogers students this past year to plan, shoot and edit the 40 minute about their exchange experience with a group of youth from Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories. The students from Nelson hosted the group from the north in February, taking them all over the Kootenays from the ski hill to Baker Street. In April, the Nelson students journeyed beyond the Arctic Circle to learn more about their aboriginal friends and their way of life. The film explores their experience in Nelson and follows them up north, where they went dog sledding, danced the jig, saw the Northern Lights and spoke with elders in the native community of Fort McPherson. The main shooters and editors for the documentary were Digby Benner, Micah May and Owen Thurston. All 17 students played a role on the production team from camera work to promotion.
Watershed Productions has worked on some really cool community based projects so far this year. Check out the latest videos on the CLIENT VIDEOS page here and read more about the social change we are supporting with our work at Watershed Productions.
Watershed Productions worked with Trail BC’s Skills Centre and Women Creating Change to address the barriers that are currently happening in the region related to women and economic security. This video utilizes PhotoVoice to tell the personal stories of the women being directly impacted by poverty in the Lower Columbia Region.
Watershed created the video for the Nelson’s own EcoSave program. EcoSave Energy Retrofits Program has been designed to simplify the process for homes and businesses to reduce energy consumption and lower greenhouse gases within the community.This program has been established as a key strategy in the City of Nelson’s Low Carbon Path to 2040, Community Energy and Emissions Action Plan. Visit the EcoSave website to learn more.
We made a series of videos profiling the three One Book One Kootenay nominated authors: Deryn Collier, Anotnia Banyard and Bruce Kirkby. With leadership from the Kootenay Library Federation One Book One Kootenay celebrates the work of the wonderful writers living in the Kootenay Boundary.For more information about OBOK visit: http://www.obok.ca/
Films Media Group out of New York City has picked up Conceiving Family to distribute to the educational market. I am very excited that we’ve found the right home for the film – for the next 7 years. Films Media Group works with schools K-12, colleges and universities, and educational groups of all kinds. It’s been fun self-distributing for this past stretch, as I have learned how to sell my film to the right markets and been able to connect directly with buyers and hear the impact the film is having in households and classrooms. Individuals can still get personal copies off the website here, but the educational market will all go through FMG. To all of you who have supported this film along the way, our little baby that we’ve all raised together is ready to go out into the big world on it’s own. Thank you for contributing to the film’s success in your own ways.
What a great summer at film camp and what a keen group of young filmmakers we had in each of our two programs this summer. We had many returning participants, including some 4, 5 and 6 year veterans of the film camp! Even two of the instructors for the Director’s Seat program were film camp participants back in the early days.
The Senior Director’s Seat celebrated their hard work and new film by screening their final projects on the BIG screen at the Civic Theatre in downtown Nelson. The younger group made over 10 films between 22 participants and held their final screening to a packed house at the 10th Street Campus. We have launched a Youtube Channel where we are in the process of uploading the films we’ve made over the past 7 years. Keep checking for the films that have been made by the young filmmakers across the Kootenays and beyond. We hope to have a majority of the film uploaded by the end of the fall.