Over the last six months or so, I’ve had the opportunity to curate three small screenings of Edmonton-produced films at the Creative Practices Institute, a new art centre in downtown Edmonton run by some exceedingly nice people. It’s been an amazing chance to re-visit some of the work of my peers here in town, most of which I first encountered through various events at The Film And Video Arts Society – Alberta.
Look let’s just call a spade a spade here: there’s very little mainstream film and TV work in this town. That means that the community of image-makers is relatively small, but it also means that a lot of us are often left to our own devices. Empowered with a relative abundance of arts funding, my filmmaking friends in Edmonton consistently blow me away with their creativity, skill, and, on a certain level, audacity. I’ve been influenced and shaped by the community here probably more than I’m even consciously aware of. At the last screening I hosted in November, I explicitly stated that part of the purpose was to showcase just how blatantly I’ve started to rip certain people off. I was mostly kidding.
Tonight is the third instalment: a half-hour program of music videos. Music videos can be such an interesting experimental platform for filmmakers, being mostly a function of imagery and not necessarily tied down to the idea that the responsibility of moving images is “storytelling.” I had a blast putting the program together. If you’re in the Edmonton area, I hope you can swing by. If you’re inspired as much as I am by this work, even fractionally, it’ll be a nice evening for you. Also: the program may or may not feature a preview of a music video I’ve been working on that won’t be released for a few months yet…see you there?
The Creative Practices Institute: 10149 122 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 1L6
Films: 7:30 PM
Until next time.
Dylan – Edmonton, AB