This August, we welcomed one of our favorite filmmakers and Super 8 eco-processing goddess Dagie Brundert from Berlin for a cinematic summer ramble around California in the LA AIRport. The tour took us to some of the prettiest spots in the state for a series of free public afternoon filming workshops and evening screenings under the stars.
Huge gratitude and hugs to Lauren and the Metabolic Studio Team (Lone Pine); the staff at The Union (Carson City); the fine folks at the Inn Town Campground (Nevada City); Mere & Les and Earl and everybody at the fabulous West End Theatre (Quincy); Adele and Colleen and Mo and the crew at the Larry Spring Museum (Fort Bragg); Melinda, Sylvan, Meredith and everybody at the Community Center (Bolinas); Enid and José and the inspiring young artists at Hijos del Sol Arts (Salinas)… Your hospitality and generosity made this summer adventure magnificent beyond our wildest dreams.
The Wabi Sabi Super Fun Cinema Organica Summer Tour 2019 was made possible by Wunderbar Together: Germany and the US, an initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by Goethe Institut and supported by BDI The Voice of Germany Industry. Danke!!!
Funding and support for the LA AIRport provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Thank you!!!
We hate to love you and leave you, New Haven, but our adventure here has come to an end. The highlight, of course, was our time spent with your young visionaries whose passionate creativity and dedication to social justice issues assure us you’re in good hands for the future. But we also loved exploring your many secret gems and daily delights: the Obias & Isms show at the Pride Center, a slowly disintegrating Swoon piece, a film fundraiser at the New Haven Company Factory, The Local Honey Project at Pardee Morris House, Helen’s hospitality and heaping bowls of delectable Arethusa Farm Dairy ice-cream, a free 35mm screening of Speed Racer as part of the Treasures From The Yale Film Archive series, at rainy day tacos at Long Wharf and a close encounter with Bread & Puppet Theater, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Yale University Art Gallery with dear friend Jeffrey Yoshimine, the very magical Institute Library (one of a handful of private mechanical libraries left in the world, with it’s own unique cataloguing system!), best burger ever at Louis’ Lunch (don’t even think about asking for ketchup!), a night of weird tango music at Best Video, walking around Lost In New Haven, Ferraro’s wonderful world of CHEAP MEAT with the Ten Commandments laid out nicely right beside the exit, morning mayoral press conferences, daily green bike rambles (love the Farmington Canal heritage trail!), Perkins Rubber Stamp Company, endless pizza options (Pepe’s comes out on top according to our taste buds but shout out to Sally’s for amazing graphics!), fireflies, chatty old ladies and work by Women Artists of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club at the New Haven Museum, Friday afternoon bambolini at Skappo, Saturday morning cannoli at Lucibello’s Italian Pastry Shop, a perfect day of Madison beach + dogs with Jeffrey and Susan (I’ll cherish the hawk feather always!), and of course our beloved Wooster Square that we passed through every single day on our way to or from somewhere. Of course we’re leaving a little bit of our hearts with you… The Sound We See: A New Haven City Symphony film and exhibition will be on display at Artspace until September 14! All aboard!
How can three weeks go by so fast? We learned, we laughed, we explored, we created and today we share the beautiful results of our collective journey with the New Haven community and celebrate art and friendships that will last a lifetime. Thanks to Helen, Sarah, Shannon, Hannah, Jack and Katie at Artspace, thanks to Mentors Emily, Soledad, Emil and Dyme, and super thanks to the Summer Apprentice Program 2019 Participants Nevaeh, John, Pablo, Nagelly, Stella, Sara, Natalie, Isaías, Jasmin, Tyler, Mabel, Syed, Anthony, Daniel, Sofiya, Alona, Rayona, Yareli, Genesis, Nelly, Evan and Georgii: you inspire us sooooooooooo much! And that’s a wrap for SAP!
Installation day! There are about 10,000 objects and images stuck on the walls with high energy and masking tape. Let’s hope it holds!!!
Four days to design, create and install an art show while simultaneously creating a 25-part, 25 participant score? Fasten your seatbelts!!!!
In the midst of preparations for Friday’s Sound We See exhibition opening–making t-shirts, writing artist statements, choosing stills, figuring out what will go where in the gallery space–we take some time out for a scavenger hunt on The Green with our SAP doppelgängers: the 2019 Public Art Fellows at Site Projects who are in the midst of making videos about transportation in New Haven. Although the competition got a little contentious when one team was docked 20 points for lateness and STILL managed to sail on to victory with perhaps a bit more gloating than was sportsperson-like, everyone was a winner because Ashley’s Ice Cream (named for a Frisbee-catching whippet…add that trivia to this trivia: the Frisbee was invented at Yale!, and your brain may start spinning round and round) donated a giant bucket of bliss in honor of National Vanilla Ice Cream Day! Super yum!
Hello Summer Apprenticeship Program Week 3! Editing complete, it’s time to look forward to the big exhibition opening and film premiere happening on… FRIDAY! Zowie! So much to do but there’s still time for a quick visit to the Yale Film Archive where archivist Brian Meacham projects 16mm prints of class city symphonies Manhatta and A Bronx Morning just for us!
A beautiful country weekend get-away from the New Haven heatwave for some sweet summer fun with pals in Carmel, Red Hook, Warren and Fairfield. Big thanks to Pierre, Chelsea, Viv, Jules, Miko, Rosalia, Gisellah, Sido, and Mema for welcoming us with open arms, tasty eats, musical treats (“Sparkle Sparkle Unicorn” is an instant classic!), great conversation, inspiring art, and fabulous places to swim!
Day 10 of the Summer Apprenticeship Program and the focus is on editing… Time to cut that raw footage down to sixty-second segments for the final film! And for a little extra Friday fun: CYANOTYPES!
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…