5.15.18: So Long, South America!

Six magical weeks. What will we miss the most? The smell of meat grilling on sidewalk parillas? The little doctors roaming the streets alone and in packs? The overworked dog walkers? Mate culture aka “a kiss with a straw”? Late starts? Big pours? The garbage cart horses and silent ambulances of Montevideo? Merienda, the little late afternoon meal that’s more like a second breakfast than an after-school snack? Fizzy water served in old time-y seltzer bottles? Snazzy old ladies and gents in jaunty hats? Elegant elevators? Blind singers on the bus? The best flea markets in the whole wide world? Wild fonts and painted flowers? Street politics? Sunday night tangos? Cortados in lovely cups? Dulce de leche everything? Everyone kissing everyone hello and goodbye? All of this, yes, but of course it’s our dear new friends we’ll miss the most. So much gratitude for our growing Sound We See family! Chau, Chicos!!!!

Special thanks to The Canada Council for the Arts and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts for their generous support in making this amazing adventure possible!

 

 

 

 

5.14.18: Best For Last

Chivito! Chivito! Chivito! “Have you had a chivito yet?” people would ask and then, when we shook our heads, “Oh, you MUST have a chivito! It’s the national dish of Uruguay! You MUST!” Truth be told, we were a bit scared of the thing. A giant grilled beef-ham-bacon-egg-mozzarella-olive-tomato-lettuce-mayonaise sandwich, usually eaten with a huge pile of fries on the side? There’s even a Chivito Canadiense! WHOA. Sounded like a gut bomb extraordinaire.

But how could we leave the country without an edible encounter with the mother of all meat sandwiches? And if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right which is why we made the epic journey on bus and foot to the legendary Bar Arocena, serving up no frills food near the sea in the fancy pants Carrasco neighborhood since 1923 and (according to Pick Up The Fork) “the alleged birthplace” of the chivito. Guess what? This thing was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!! Like a Skookum Chief x 1000!!!! This divine meal was followed up by a stroll on the deserted beach on a perfect fall afternoon, one last cinematic gathering at Laboratorio FAC, and a beautiful farewell dinner in Tere’s gorgeous garden… The perfect last day in Montevideo.

 

 

 

5.12.18: The Sound We See: A Montevideo City Symphony

What a night!!! Thank you Ángela López Ruiz and Guillermo Zabaleta for believing in this whole crazy idea from the get-go. Thank you Laboritorio de Cine/FAC and the whole FAC team for connecting and promoting and providing an amazing workspace. Thank you EAC for hosting the premiere of SWS: MVD. Thank you Canada Council for the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts for the generous fiscal support. Thank you Nico y Garza for the incredible soundtrack. Thank you to the audience, full of curiosity and love. And a giant thank you and congratulations to the filmmakers: Gabriela, Agustina, Martín, Valentina, Anibal, Macarena, Julian, Felipe, Manuela, Gimena, Lucía, Agustín, Camilo, Jimena, Agustín, Fabiana, Natalia, Gonzalo, Julieta, Teresa, Marina, Rosina, Tim, Nano, Xenja, Matilde, Sofía, Natalia, Nicolas, Martín, Frank, Javier, Wilson, Clara, Domenica, Gastón, Laura, Mariana, Cristiana, Silvana, Guillermo, Fernando, Ivo, Josefo and Horacio… Thank you all for being part of this unforgettable cinematic pageant!

 

5.10.18: Gettin’ Schooled

Up early today to hop a bus that will take us a couple of hours up the coast to Polo Educativo Technológico – Arrayanes, a magical school in a forest next to the ocean where 500 students (70 of whom live on campus) engage in filmmaking, environmental studies and boat building. PARADISE! What a pleasure to hang out with such enthusiastic, dynamic, talented young folks… We walked through the woods, watched and discussed a couple of films, ate lunch, shot some Super 8, sang a few songs and sparked some plans for a new on-campus darkroom space. Thanks to Pepi Gonçalvez the punk rock teacher, and all the students and staff at PET Arrayanes for inviting us to share in this beautiful community where learning is truly a joy!

Thank you Canada Council for the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts for the generous fiscal support in making this engagement possible!