“Be curious, not judgmental.” – Walt Whitman
The City of Trail engaged Watershed Productions Inc. to help address the stigma that their most vulnerable citizens have faced. We invited folks with lived experience of substance abuse to take photos and record their stories. We worked with ANKORS, Interior Health and the City of Trail to produce this 7-minute video ‘Looking Beyond’ featuring Lisa, Cash, Jeff and Ryan. The project was facilitated by Amy Bohigian and Amber Streukens, with visual effects by Jason Williams and original music by Ben Euerby. The video can be seen on the City of Trail website here.
Time to get up and give a warm standing ovation for Lou Lynn – winner of the Governor’s General Award in Visual and Media Arts for 2021. A true master at her craft; Lou’s precision, focus, professionalism, originality and kindness are embodied by her work and her way of being. I considered myself lucky as heck to have been commissioned by Canada Council to direct this portrait of Lou. Indebted to Bohdan Doval for his beautiful camera work, Ben Euerby at Knome Studios for his brilliant musical treatment on this video and Janet Dwyer for her amazing photos. Congrats to Lou for this well deserved and spectacular career achievement!
Watershed Productions is premiering the new feature documentary film Only In Nelson on Knowledge Network on May 26th.
“Two years ago I was pitching Knowledge’s Director of Original Content on a documentary that delved into the countless subcultures just under the surface of this beautiful mountain city.” Explains Amy Bohigian, Director and Producer of the film. “What came out of the production process was a character study of a quirky community in crisis. Today the film seems more relevant than ever, as the strength of our local communities are what will be tested during these challenging times ahead.”
The film will play on British Columbia’s public broadcaster Knowledge Network starting May 26th at 9PM and on their streaming service at the same time. Outside of Canada Only in Nelson is available on Vimeo on Demand starting on May 26th.
Watershed Productions latest documentary film, Only in Nelson, received an Award of Excellence from the Impact Docs Awards International Competition. We are in fine company. Check out the website: https://impactdocsawards.com
We’ve been to Whitewater in the Winter, Pulpit in the Spring and downtown in the alleys of Nelson in the summer for the production of ‘Voices of Nelson.’ A collaboration with Touchstones Nelson, this interactive project seeks to create a living history of Nelson, documenting who lives here today and why, exploring our identity as a city and where people think we are headed into the future as it connects to the past.
The final video will be released soon. Watershed Productions was pleased to have Lynn Trinh on the creative team with additional camera support from Laura Grant.
Here’s a video profile of my work at Upstream Benefits at Touchstones Nelson which is up until February 11th. Honoured to be included among this group of accomplished local artists: Deborah Thompson, Maggie Shirley, Ian Johnston, Susan Andrews Grace, Natasha Smith, Rachel Yoder, Courtney Anderson, Brent Bukowski, and Boukje Elzinga. Arc is a video and sound installation created in collaboration with Daryl Jolly and Havelock John Tucker. Roundtable, from an artist-in-residence at Oxygen Art Centre 2008, is revisited as the earlier work in this exhibit and includes conversations with Thomas Loh, Josie Ahern, Zoe, Eric Denny, Julien Locke & Peter Locke, and Edna Whitely.
Come check out this upcoming event that Anna Purcell has coordinated. The write up from Facebook below, link here to event details.
What is the poverty you have experienced in your life? What has helped you when you’ve felt stuck? See your community’s needs answers to these questions at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, December 16th, along with powerful artistic responses to our community’s stories by some of our most talented local artists, including Amy Bohigian, Amber Santos, Lynn Dragone, and Keira Zaslove. Come explore and celebrate the vulnerability and resilience of the human condition through the mirror of artistic expression! Have a snack, add your voice, or just compassionately witness others’ voices. Doors open at 6pm, artists’ presentations at 7pm. This event is free for the public.
The ‘Upstream Benefits: Artist-Run Culture in the Kootenays’ exhibition involves ten artists: Courtney Andersen, Susan Andrews Grace, Amy Bohigian, Brent Bukowski, Boukje Elzinga, Ian Johnston, Maggie Shirley, Natasha Smith, Deborah Thompson and Rachel Yoder, a sampling of the impressive caliber of artists that call the Kootenays home. The artists involved in this exhibition example how artist run culture in the Kootenays has been supported and developed over the last decade. The place in which we live is an important part of the creative process; artists are informed and fostered by place, where they live and where the work was conceived and created. Each artist will display an early instrumental piece – from their tenure here in the Kootenays, in tandem with a new work, which will illustrate the evolution of their respective creation/styles/approach. This exhibition is about artist run culture, about the creative process and the importance of place.
Please join us at Touchstones on Friday, November 17th from 7-9pm for the opening reception of the ‘Upstream Benefits: Artist-Run Culture in the Kootenays’ exhibition. Then on Sunday, November 26 @ 2pm all ten exhibiting artist will join curator Arin Fay in a ‘MEET THE ARTISTS’ talk as part of the symposium programming at Touchstones. Arin will use her approximately 20 years of knowledge of these artists and their practices to lead an animated discussion about the exhibition, which asks these artists to show a pivotal piece from the artist’s past and a new work in the context of their practice as rural artists.
Check out our latest installation in the Culinary Culture series for Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism. Featuring the unstoppable Jenna Raider Skidmore bringing us into the kitchens and to the bars of our amazing local eateries. Camera by Bohdan Doval, Original music by Ben Euerby. Thanks to the talented and beautiful staff at both Yum Son and Cantina Del Centro who spiced up this video, link here.