*Warning, this post contains descriptions of domestic violence*
There’s a movement, growing more robust by the day, away from silence and shame towards dialogue and revelation. As survivors of abuse and harassment begin sharing their stories, connections are formed and isolation is replaced with community and hope. It’s messy as the social landscape is shifting and changing in myriad ways.
For Haida animator Christopher Auchter, delving into the stories of his ancestors is fertile creative ground. Reaching into his history also gives him purpose and belonging.
My background in arts journalism compels me to full disclosure: this post focuses on how my partner Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo has had a quiet influence on my creative growth. I’m fully immersed in this for obvious reasons and there is no assumption of impartiality. Just so we’re clear. The title is borrowed (with permission of course) from the name of his current show, which is on view until September 9th at Latitude 53 in Edmonton. The essay I wrote to accompany his show follows. Continue reading
There are people among us who exude such supple energy that sharing their air is fortifying. Ang Lee is such a person. Continue reading
I had the opportunity to meet with activist filmmaker Nettie Wild in her Mt. Pleasant office, and I was struck by her articulate vision and gusto. Her presence left me with goosebumps after our wide ranging interview. Continue reading