Yes…I know. Its an old cliche that usually reads one step forward, two steps back…usually meant for the times when what you are trying to accomplish just seems to be out of reach.
Yes…its true…the new Cultural Spaces building is still under construction…and we have had to cancel shows, re-budget events, decline funds and break some hearts (ours usually) BUT 2014 just keeps getting better.
This years Culture Days funding has come through. Great stuff coming up…puppet workshops, harvest dancing, Raven’ About the Arts Awards, A FILM FESTIVAL!! and the ever popular Bowls with Soul! (Check out this year’s potter for bowls with soul! Connie Pike! http://www.pikestudios.com/Pike_Studios/Dinnerware.html )
Last years theme was that of ‘Gypsy’ as we were homeless…this year we are still homeless, but, kinda likin’ it!
Where to start with an update…I hope you are one of our facebook followers as that is a daily way to watch what’s going on. (on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jasper-Community-Habitat-for-the-Arts/187132354657836?ref=hl )
If not, here’s the low down:
The Jasper Short Film and Media Arts Festival
Jasper’s first ‘made for Jasper’ Film Festival. Submissions are open now through to August 15. Details on how to submit, application form and rules are at http://www.jasperfilmfestival.com . BIG thanks to Alberta Culture for the Culture Days funding…no application fee THIS YEAR! We have three awards…emerging, established and peoples choice films. Prizes are pretty FREAKING AWESOME!! A weekend in Banff during their world famous (we are never sure if we should be jealous of Banff’s great film festival or thrilled that such a great event is only 4 hours away!! Lets go with thrilled!)…so where was I…oh yes…A NIGHT at the Fairmont Banff Springs and a day pass to the Banff Film Festival! Get your films submitted!! And please…consider coming to Jasper for the day of…both the Mountain Park Lodges and Best Western have allocated some rooms for discounts that weekend…ask us for details! firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday Sept 27th a full day of films with run at the Chaba Theatre in Jasper.
The day will start with a Premiere showing of ANCESTORS CALLING from our neighbours to the north who have a great history of publications including films and books!
For media art lovers we will have Gary James Joynes in Jasper presenting PEREGRINATION. A live cinema work reflecting on the nature of sound and its visual and material nature. A meditation on Joynes’ visual experimentation using historical scientific instruments and anachronistic musical technology. PEREGRINATION combines compositional sound elements and improvisational use of recorded footage of live play of the wavedriver machinery he uses to create in the studio.
Gary James Joynes, also known by his performing moniker Clinker, has been active in the electronic and experimental music performance community for years. He has more recently embarked on a broader artistic exploration using his analog synthesizers and custom made machines to create visual sound as photograph/drawing/sculpture hybrids along with immersive and unending installation environments for reflection and a deep listening experience.
The day will be followed by an evening at the Best Western Jasper Inn and Suites with an industry and filmmaker meetup with guests from the industry as well as entertainment.
AND to help fund all this we have a raffle ongoing in Jasper…tickets at the Fitzhugh office and the Video Stop. A dinner for 4 at Syrah’s Jasper…a dinner you cannot buy as Chef Munn will be creating a special menu for the lucky winners! And executive seating and swag at the Festival…
Arising from the Film Festival news Jasper’s Laura Campbell has taken her concept of collecting ‘Jasper Stories’ one step higher. The idea was that – for the 50th anniversary of Jasper’s Marmot Basin and Jasper Skytram – stories by the folks that made those places possible would be collected for fun and heritage. Well…anything fun will eventually lead to a film!
JASPER STORIES has evolved into a proposed series of visual storytellers/storytelling. Details are on line at http://www.jasperstories.com. Check it out…and its crowd sourcing project page at Indiegogo. There are some great perks…just for supporting a great idea!
First one in the series is about the two celebrating their 50th anniversaries…the people behind the origins of Marmot and Skytram…but the next one might be about biking in Jasper or hiking or ??? Who doesnt love a good yarn!?
Yes…we have had some set backs…but we sure dont have time to worry about them!
OH Yes…yesterday we received some serious green light funds for this fabulous project!! CHECK OUT our ARTOGRAPHY page to see what else we are up! If you are an Alberta artist…let’s chat!
See ya soon!