Welcome to any listeners who just tuned into CJSF 90.1FM to listen to my radio interview with Nick Pannu on the Artsindy Crossroads show! Thanks for listening and thanks for coming to visit my site. Click here to listen to the CJSF interview (22:44).
NEWS FLASH! A condensed 8 minute cut of the interview will be airing Wednesday, November 11 at 5pm PST on UBC’S CITR 101.9FM’s “Arts Report” show. You can listen to the CITR version here (8:25) or on Nick’s MySpace page.
As far as the interview goes, everything seemed to be pretty accurate, including the exhaustion in my voice. I don’t have any major factual corrections to make: “Davine” is actually “Davina”, “Surviving The Cracks” should be “Surviving In The Cracks”, Dr. Masuda is not a coordinator of the Vancouver Youth Visions coalition, he is one of the supervising researchers of the project, the safe houses closed 5 years ago (March 2004) not 3 years ago… and I think I said “film” in one spot (maybe two) when I should have said “play” and vice versa. I did my best to give the facts regarding the safe house closures – it’s all stuff I learned about while shooting the film. If you think I made any major goofs then feel free to contact me, but all of my info came from the source – the people who lived it.
Amanda Wager (the director of the play) and I have been spearheading the effort to keep the project going on a couple of fronts. One, while we are still in contact with the cast and crew, the play is on hold at the moment – mainly because we are short the necessary funds to mount another production. We are hoping to revisit this again soon, after Amanda finishes her comps for her PhD in Drama in Education.
Here’s the trailer for you in case you haven’t seen it.
On the film front, I am happy to say that I am presently in post production, cutting a long version of the film to submit to festivals such as DOXA and Hot Docs. (Unfortunately I’m doing this on my own dime – my pitches this autumn raised interest but, to date, no funds). The deadlines for both are December 18, so I have a lot of work ahead of me. This new version of the film will be the story that I really want to tell. The version that screened at VSFF was restricted to 15 minutes, and in this time I could not explore the people or the process in any meaningful depth. In the time that I have put into the new cut I am both delighted and intimidated by the amount of footage I have to work with in exploring these depths. I will be looking for a few screeners to provide regular feedback on rough cuts of this new film. If you are interested in helping out in this manner, or to help raise funds, please write me to let me know who you are, your background, and how and why you want to be involved.
Lastly, on the new media front, well, unless you have good reason and convince me otherwise, that will have to take a back seat to the longer film for now.
Well that’s my short response to the radio interview today. Thanks again to Nick at CJSF, and to you, the listeners. Stay tuned for future updates on the film, and become a fan of Surviving In The Cracks on Facebook!
UPDATED: THE RADIO INTERVIEW ON CJSF 90.1FM ( Cable 90.3FM) or online at cjsf.ca WILL AIR NEXT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 AT 3PM.
What a weekend! Surviving In the Cracks premiered Friday, October 23 at the Vancouver Short Film Festival to a full house. This was the first public screening of the film and it went splendidly! It was amazing to be part of this festival and to be included among such a solid lineup of films and it was a huge thrill to see it up on the big screen at one of the nicest theatres in Vancouver, Vancity Theatre!
The film didn’t win any awards (visit vsff.com for the winners), but it did draw the attention of some press: I just finished recording an interview with Nick Pannu at CJSF 90.1FM ( Cable 90.3FM) or online at cjsf.ca. The interview will be airing at 3pm Monday, November 9th on the Arts Indy program.
Surviving In The Cracks is an ongoing project… it started as a play, became a grad film project which spun off this version, and now has legs to become much more. On the live-theatre front, we are working on getting support for a re-mount of the play. On the documentary front, a longer version is in post-production now, and I plan to submit this to larger festivals before the end of the year. On a third front, we are seriously exploring the possibility of creating a new media component… Send me an email if you want to offer your support.
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