Apr 25

Pakistan has jumped into pipeline business with China and self-determination and human rights are, of course, an obstacle to that.

Sabeen Mahmoud lost her life this week because of her interest in Baluchi independence.

I made ths video in Baluchistan in 1998, but much of the geopolitics is still in play.

Mar 31

IMG_6012I'll be showing some original artwork at the Capture Photography Festival as part of the Arts Umbrella Alumni and Student show.

The festival celebrates lens-based art, and my work pushes that definition to the limit with digital drawings taken from original photos.

The texture of my prints is an unusual way to encounter digital work.  Seeing them in person is the best way to appreciate this.

When I create art, media accumulates around me on a theme until it has its own identity as a unit. From that creative, investigative and contemplative research I hone the idea down to the core and then declare it done.

Capture opens with a launch event on April 2, and my work will be on display at the Remington Gallery from April 3-14.

Mar 19

Figuratively speaking, that is.  I just drew this portrait of him and now I want to explain why.

I first liked him when he spoke of dismantling the media oligopolies in Greece.  His interview on that subject hit my radars at the same time as Sun News TV, the conservative mouthpiece in Canada, finally ran out of rich-guy lolly and closed its doors.  The happy feeling I got from that closure primed me to enjoy Varoufakis' explanation that rich people putting their pocket change into media outlets wasn't a formula for press freedom, rather quite the opposite.

Varoufakis is the new Greek finance minister who is taking Europe by storm, or at least trying.  He's the most public face of the Syriza government which pledged to cancel the cutbacks and austerity of the Euro-bailout.  He's not wearing a tie in the legislature - something which seems like nothing until you realize how rare this is in a Western parliament.  His casual style also helped him catch the eye of German media at a time when he was confronting their government with brick-wall obstinancy around paying back the loans Greece had borrowed under previous governments.  Then he, um, caved sort of.

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Feb 28

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Feb 13

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Aug 11

anonymooseThe film I made with Catherine Falkner during a residency at Black Bag Media Collective in St John's, Newfoundland is now in distribution with VIVO media arts, and the first screening from this relationship is happening at CineEco environmental film festival in Portugal in October (or as they say in Portugal, "outubro"!

The film, a surrealist propaganda movie against the spraying of Tordon 101 on Newfoundland's highways, will show this week in Seia, Portugal in competition with other shorts.

Thanks to Liz Solo for making that residency happen...

Jul 25

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4th International Film Festival of Kashmir 2014

The dance film I made with Rob Kitsos, "A Moving," has been accepted to the Kashmir International Film Festival from August 2-11 2014!

If you just happen to be in the Kashmir, that would be your chance to see it ... 😉

 

Jul 19

I love this article and agree completely.

Why Google Glass Is So Bad and Hated and Will Never Work.

"People pay thousands of dollars to have lasers shot at their eyes so they don't have to wear glasses. People put little pieces of plastic right on their eyes so they don't have to wear glasses. People hate glasses.

You can feel them on your face. You can see them on your face. They restrict your peripheral vision. You have to keep track of them. If you take them off you have to carry them with you. Your one pair has to compliment all your clothes. Wearing glasses makes it harder to wear sunglasses and be cool. Lots of people don't like how they look in glasses. Though imo some are in actuality very fetching. Disclaimer I don't wear glasses."

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Jul 2

logoVIVO has not disappeared, it's just gone underground while the landlord laughs and the City of Vancouver steps in to the rescue.

I'm teaching my very popular Final Cut Pro X workshop there on July 12th, now EXTENDED by one hour to fill you up with Apply goodness.

Total 4 hours (Saturday, July 12th, 1-5pm) | $42.50 for  VIVO members / $50 for non­members

Learn how to import, edit video, add effects and titles, and output to dvd, web, or master files on the once-and-future king of editing software. Stop paying for Adobe subscriptions and get back on the FCP bus!

Final Cut Pro X has finally overcome the clunky launch and now it does pretty much everything an editor needs it to do. (Beginner workshop)

Instructor: Flick Harrison

This Month | VIVO Media Arts Centre.

Jun 17

Toronto Public Library is hiring a filmmaker for a unique and fun job: our Fall 2014 Innovator in Residence.

The six-week residency will take place October 20 to November 30 at the Digital Innovation Hub at Toronto Reference Library.
 
The recently-opened Hub is a learning and creation space that gives anyone with a library card access to a wide range of digital tech, including: Mac computers, laptops and tablets; HD cameras; a green screen; and video editing software, like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and iMovie.
 
The Innovator in Residence's job will include the following tasks:
 
* Meet with customers to critique and answer questions about their video projects
 
* Create and offer film-related programs and workshops for the public
 
* Post on the Digital Design and Technology Blog (this blog)
 
See the job posting (PDF) for full details - including info on how to apply. Deadline to apply is Monday, June 30.

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