All systems are GO at SWS: New Haven… minds and machines working in harmony! All 24 hours plus credits are shot and processed. Music, poetry and posters are being created. Snacks are devoured. Games are played. Analog projection skills are mastered. Stills from ¡Que viva México!, a 1932 map of Harlem Nightclubs and a 3D book of Paris landmarks are examined at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Thanks, Tim!). 650 feet of stupendous Super 8 is telecined in Stonington, CT at Charter Oak Scanning, located in an old velvet mill where that little tiny strip of fabric on Kodak 35mm film canisters used to be produced! All the raw footage is watched collaboratively with popcorn and much excitement. Plans for editing start percolating…
Day 7 and the focus is on the process: processing the Super 8 film shot over the last few days and learning about the process of conduction from Tyshawn Sorey, composer and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire. The take-aways can be applied to making music, making films and living life: play with your limitations, move beyond fear, don’t just follow, create your own atmosphere, it’s not “entertainment”! Run with it, young Jedi!
Let’s see just how much we can pack into a single day! It’s a wee hours chocolate-chip-cookie-and-Korean-surf-rock-fueled Mentors Meet-Up as we journey to the top of East Rock Park for a 2 am moongaze with Emil, then over to the train tracks to channel the Lumière Brothers with Soldedad at 3 pm, back and forth across the blue blue electric blue Q Bridge with Emily and Sarah. Jasmine and Tyler explore Fair Haven at Noon. 1 PM and it’s back to Artspace for the most chaotic, most cacophonic All-In SWS shoot EVER! Then some round-robin hand-processing, direct animation, soundtrack composition, loop projections while Paolo and Syed sneak off to Vivi for a tasty 3 pm bubble tea shoot. Switching gears, we invite the public to come on over for a discussion about Echo Park Screening and a special screening of Free Time & Sunshine: Home Movies in Southern California, a documentary created by the Fall 2013 EPFC Youth Class. After devouring copious amounts of popcorn and lemonade, it’s time for the final shoot with Nelly and Genesis at Union Station. Wow, Team, we made it!!!!! 24 film shoots in four fabulous days and we’re right back where we started from… all roads lead to Wooster Square!
Today it’s a New Haven neighborhood park tour beginning at the stroke of midnight with Neveah’s Edgewood Park shoot starring Cousin Liz. At 1 AM, we scoot over to the Edgewood Skate Park to longboard Elm City-style with Dyme. After a little late night felafel refuel rest stop at the legendary Mamoun’s, we meet up with John at Quinnipiac River Park at 5 AM and take a conceptual trip across the bridge just as the sun comes up. Nagelly brings Isaias and their host family along (all the way from New Canaan!) for her 7 AM celebration of sites of importance to the Latinx community in Fair Haven, ending up in Criscuolo Park. A little nap and we’re rarin’ to go for Daniel’s 5 PM taco truck tour at Long Wharf Park and followed by an idyllic stroll through the Nature Preserve. And we wrap it all up with some 7 pm beach time and a stroll through Lighthouse Point Park with Rayona and Alona, soaking up that sunny Sunday evening summertime vibe.
From early in the morning until late at night, today it’s all about FAMILY! For the 8 am shoot, Stella goofs around with her Dad and her sister at the Boulevard Flea Market (oldest in Connecticut!). In the 9 am hour, Sara documents food for body and soul at the Wooster Square Farmers Market and Loaves & Fishes at Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James, paying tribute to family histories of struggle and resilience. At 11 am, Isaias tells us about family life in his home town of Riobamba, Ecuador, as we ramble around The Green. While we’re in the neighborhood, Carol gives us a glimpse of the final resting place of some of New Haven’s early families in the crypt of Center Church on The Green. We join Mabel at 2 pm to walk in the footsteps of a favorite family stroll along the Vision Trail, created in 1995 in conjunction with a New Haven hosting of the Special Olympics . Yreli’s whole family–including Bobby The Dog!–gets into the act for her 8 pm shoot at Wilbur Cross High School. At 10 pm, Evan celebrates his figurative and literal educational families at the two high schools he attends: New Haven Academy, and EAC where his artist Mom is a teacher!
Day 5 of The Sound We See: New Haven and the action is really starting to rev up! We hop on a couple of Bike New Haven’s green machines just after 5 am and glide through the quiet streets to meet Pablo at his favorite childhood haunt: the Strong School in the Fair Haven neighborhood. Shuttered for years, the Grand Street building is covered with bright community murals outside and filled with dozens of dim classrooms in various states of disarray, mounds of broken glass and one super creepy clown painting inside. For the 10 am hour, we manage to convince a string of gallery guards that the Super 8 is “just a still camera that takes a lot of pictures really fast,” so Natalie can capture a few of her favorite nooks and crannies at Yale University Art Gallery. Phew! Back at Artspace, we’ve got rock star games to play, meeting places to settle, and eco-processing to do with a steller trio of collectively-mixed brews–Ricardo Leite’s never-fail caffenol recipe, Dagie Brundert’s fabulous flower power recipe using a fragrant array of local blooms, and a Seaweed Surprise mixture based on another Dagie “soup,” featuring locally grown sugar kelp generously donated by GreenWave—plus sound recording technology to learn and exhibition flyers to make. Pablo and Natalie stay late to process their film: Van Gogh + Van Halen = AWESOME! At 4 pm, Anthony makes portraits of pals at The Cut; Sofia celebrates sisterhood on Audubon Street two hours later. What else can we sneak into this day of wonders? How about an 11 pm visit to another one of “the Holy Trinity of New Haven-style pizza” establishments? Big thanks to Georgii (the first SWS filmmaker to eat and film at the same time!) for introducing us to the tantalizing taste of Modern’s thin-crust crab pie… Now that’s a fine piece apizza!