Last week, we screened the 19-minute documentary “Behind the Scenes of Liberation Days” to a lively house of cast and crew at the Capitol Theatre. Nelson high school students, Noah Gaffran, Aydin Long, Graeme Sherman, Dani Snell and Sebastian Bodine, all met with Amy Bohigian over the course of the show’s rehearsals and backstage meetings to interview the cast and crew and document the creation of this play. The documentary explores the issues the characters face as the Dutch were liberated by Canadian troops at the end of WWII along with a candid look at how the Director and all the crew worked collaboratively to create an immersive drama on our local stage. The structure of the documentary was determined early on in the process and was pulled together by the team of filmmakers, as each youth chose a section of the documentary to edit. Thanks to Stephanie Fischer, Capitol Theatre Executive Director and Producer, for making this project possible. Here’s a link to view the full documentary: https://youtu.be/P8paYvYDPrY
Watershed Productions worked with the Trail Area Health and Environment Program to complete a series of videos to support do-it-yourselfers and contractors complete lead safe renovations. We worked with seven households and one contractor to shoot a series of eight videos based on ‘in progress’ renovations happening in the Greater Trail region. Martin Gonzales shot the aerial footage, Daryl Jolly created all the graphics, Ben Euerby composed the original score and Amy Bohigian directed, shot (Panasonic GH4) and edited the video series. Wayne Kelly of BC Trail Morning Show did the voice over for the promotional trailer seen here.Watch the “Made in Trail” Lead Safe Renovation Videos here
I am honoured to be nominated as an ‘Influential Women in Business” this year by Kootenay Business Magazine. And, they decided to do an article about the work I’ve been doing the past little while: http://kootenaybiz.com/nelson/article/speaking_through_her_camera
Time for some more movie making magic! Watershed Productions offers summer film camps for youth ages 6-18 in partnership with Selkirk College. We have a super kid-friendly group of instructors each summer work alongside the youth to create short videos/movies that they plan, produce, shoot and edit using the latest equipment and software. See the film camp pages on this website for detailed information. If you are ready to register for this summer, you can go online at: http://selkirk.ca/ce/courses/children-youth/digital-film-camps, call Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College at 250 352-2821 or visit their office at 606 Victoria Street, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.
The upcoming event – Stories Inspire Passion Talks – promises to be a rich and inspiring afternoon. The Canadian Federation of University Women has organized 12 women from the Kootenays to speak to what inspires them in honour of International Women’s Day. I am excited to have been invited to speak about my own passions and to hear the stories from powerhouses Bessie Wapp, Deb Kozak, and Rona Park. There will be wine and tapas to celebrate and connect with everyone in attendance. The event is Saturday March 5th from 3-7PM at Mary Hall at the 10th Street Campus of Selkirk College. Tickets are on sale at Otter Books, Stuart News and Chahko Mika Mall.
Seneca the Roman Philosopher said “While we teach, we learn.” That expresses one of the main reasons I teach: to learn. The latest mentorship venture is particularly unique. I am working with five high school aged youth to produce a “Behind the Scenes” documentary of the upcoming Capitol Theatre production entitled “Liberation Days” written by Canadian playwright David van Belle.
Pat Henman, Director of the Nelson based production, explains that the play, which highlights Canada’s role in the Netherlands six months after World War II, is “really about humanity.” Following this theme in our interviews with the cast, which includes local veterans Geoff Burns, Michael Graham, and Lindsay Clague, we want to dig further into how this play may relate to our shared experience of being human across cultures and other lines that sometimes divide people. Liberation Days will be hitting the stage on Thursday March 3rd for a run of 4 shows at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson. I can tell you that from our perspective, ‘behind the scenes’, it’s a must see for any arts lover around.
We had the official premiere of “Karri’s Story” on October 20th with Karri’s friends, classmates, and family in attendance. This eleven minute documentary tells the story of Karri, a young adult who has grown up with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.) Holly Biggar (Producer), Robyn Sheppard (Director) and Carolyn McCartney (Karri’s mom) invited me to work on the this moving story about a girl becoming a woman, who, despite the numerous challenges of living with FASD, lives every day with the compassion and bravery we all wish to integrate into our lives.
The documentary will be utilized in school settings and at educational conferences to raise awareness about people living with FASD with the aim to create more inclusive settings in both classrooms and workplaces. For a link to the film (active November 2015) visit the Provincial Outreach Program for FASD website (POPFASD). Sandy Boscariol from POPFASD worked as a consultant for the film and will be working to ensure the film is seen across the province.
This last week CBC called to do a radio interview and web story on Dreamers and Dissidents following the broadcast premiere on the Knowledge Network on Monday, August 3rd. Here’s the web story and link to the radio interview. Chris Walker seemed to want a little controversy in the radio interview, asking about gentrification of Nelson. Listen for my response…STORY AND INTERVIEW HERE
The Week of October 12th is Homelessness Action Week in Nelson, BC. Check out the listings for what is happening. Watershed Productions is proud to be part of the week’s activities with a presentation of “Surviving Not Thriving” at the Public Forum on Wednesday night and at the Civic Theatre on Thursday night. Check out the Facebook page for more details: Facebook Page – Nelson Committee on Homelessness