Spark in the Dark premiers Friday April 14th at Dawson City Short Film Festival 2017

My son James and I are excited to launch our film A Spark in the Dark: Tinder Users in the North next week at DCISFF in Dawson City, Yukon. This short doc explores love & technology in the small and isolated town of Dawson City during the sub-arctic winter, revealing touching and humorous insights about life in the far north.

We are also very excited to realize that this is the very first documentary about social media use in the Yukon. The north does indeed provide historic opportunities.

If you can make it most of the crew and participants will be in attendance. We’ll have more screenings info soon.

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Frozen Face portraits 

Just over halfway through production on my feature length documentary project “The Winter Folk”, we decided to take the opportunity to take some photos during -40c weather here in Dawson City, Yukon. 

Faces change in the extreme cold. But there is a warmness and strength of personality that radiates forth. 

You can check out the results so far through the link below.

https://myalbum.com/album/LaKINvIR8vot

2 new movies = 5 minutes of film

My son and I have each made a movie for the Yukon 48 Hour Film Challenge Festival this weekend.

Each project is only allowed to be a maximum of 2.5 minutes, and has to be entirely filmed and edited in two days. It was a lot of fun. I really enjoy these type of constraints as they force to you to focus on the work and not worry too much about everything else in the world you could possibly do.

We did something a bit different this time though. As my son and his friend Ben made their film (in which I am an actor) I shot my film as a documentary of the making of their movie. However, there is a twist.

The festival takes place on Saturday November 12th in Dawson City and Whitehorse.

 

Gold is the new dark: art trends during the next four years

I wrote a post in 2011 called “Artists in Dark Times“. Now, in this new era of irrational grudge conservatism, it seems it is time to add another update.

I’ve seen motivational memes floating around that highlight the importance of the arts during times like these. What I want to point out right now is how, perhaps, the direction of contemporary art might change during the next four years.

It’s no secret many view the current international art scene as somewhat decorative, vapid objects couched in high production values. This shortens the distances between the art and clients with more money than sophistication. I happen to largely agree with this view but I don’t see the high end art market as ever really being separate from deep and powerful conservatism in general.

However, the stream of art history is parallel but often different to the market, winding its way through and around such giant presences in it’s path. That is where we will see a documented rise of pointed political art that is media based. We will also see large, immovable art projects that act as emotional counterpoint to the erasure of applied environmental and social values in the US during the next four years. These solid works survive via their strength of media repliciability.

Watch what art and artists this Trump regime surrounds themselves with. Take note. This is the dark, soulless gold field of the art world. It is the also the greatest achievement for a subtle critical work to slip its way into it.