I have been neglecting my blog, yes. The last post I see was a hurried piece to inform folks I was teaching at Pull Focus Film School LAST YEAR. Well that happened and I taught a second semester there too, plus another filmmaking seminar at Shadbolt Center for the Arts in Burnaby. 2012 was a great year, but a money losing year, and after losing money for four consecutive years following my heart it had finally tapped me out financially. In January of this year, after a dispute over my omitted credit in a project I cared deeply about, I was also drained emotionally and was a breath away from retreating back to the safety and predictability of a corporate career. But then things took a turn.
A major contract, six months overdue, finally came through and I began getting paid. I landed a major editing gig that I’ve now almost wrapped up. I was commissioned to create a short film for national museum. A new and very exciting project will be starting up this month. Cue The Muse had its US Premiere on PBS Seattle, its National Premiere on CBC’s Main network and was nominated for three Leos, including an editing nod (which hopefully made my new editing client happy). Then Cue The Muse won a Leo for best short documentary. Surviving In The Cracks got a 4/4 review. The Spirit of Nihonmachi got a 4/4 review. Oh, I got that credit too. And today, out of the blue, a terrifying but exciting prospect: I’ll be presenting at Pecha Kucha Richmond on July 12. So half way into 2013, this year is looking to be even better than all of 2012, plus I think I’ll actually be paying income tax come next April. I can’t say I’ve ever been happy to say that before.
As far as teaching – I love it. But I’m too busy to do it right now… someday again when I need a slower pace.
That’s my brief post for the first half of the year. Just to let you know I’m still around.
I woke up this morning to find a Groupon in my inbox for the new six week DSLR film course I will be teaching at Pull Focus Film School this fall with my name listed as the instructor (I will also be teaching some of the three-hour crash courses). While I was informed that this […]
I realize that my posts are coming very infrequently as of the last year. But I’ve been busy!! This is a good problem to have and as the fall approaches and my schedule slows a bit I hope to write more. But for now, may I present the fruit of a whole lot of labour […]
Here is a fun piece that was recently released by the client on Youtube. Last May, as I was ramping up production on The Spirit of Nihonmachi, author and friend David Goodfellow pitched an idea to me to make a video trailer for the release of his new audiobook, Raven Bramblebutt and The Feral Children. […]
I was browsing Vimeo the other day and stumbled across Arsy-Versy (director Miro Remo), a delightful short I saw at Hot Docs 2010, and wrote about in this post. It’s now available to watch in its entirety on Vimeo. Check it out!
It’s not often I pull out the ol’ DSLR to take STILLS these days. Usually it’s only for a film or some artsy photo production, especially now that I have my new X100 around my neck wherever I go. I do have an outstanding view from my apartment, don’t I?
I am pleased to announce that Surviving In The Cracks has been selected for the 2012 program at the ReFrame Film Festival in Peterborough, Ontario. ReFrame has featured exceptional documentaries such as Burma VJ and Wasteland. A little more about the festival: “ReFrame celebrates the latest works created by film and video makers from our […]
My iPhone told me it was 31 West Hastings but I didn’t know it wasn’t until Carrall that East turns into West. So I parked in front of the Balmoral and walked. I must be kidding myself if I think I’ll ever be able to tell it like it really is in the Downtown Eastside. […]
Dispossession will be opening a ‘solo’ show in the Lobby Gallery of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia on Tuesday, November 15. I will be there for the opening (4-6pm, food and drink will be served) to give a brief, informal artist talk and to chat about the next […]
From the 2010 vault: Here’s a fun little piece that spawned from what was (and probably still is) the most stressful four days of my film career. Check out the musical talent that answered the call in less than 24 hours… and we had to turn away a few too! We drove all over the […]