Now that the series is out, I can finally say that last year I made some sculptures for the TV-series "Anne with an E" under the supervision of Jacques Fortier and John Archbell. It was my first time working in this medium, as I learned on the job.
I had to make six different sculptures, as Jacques guided me along the process., coming up with the ideas for the poses. The fun part was to re-create these six sculptures a few more times - as film frequently needs copies and doubles of everything.
It's been a while since my last letter in August, when I just finished shadowing director Sudz Sutherland on a tv-series "Private Eyes".
Come say hi to me in Washington, DC during the DCEFF festival March 15-18, and at Toronto's screening on March 24 at 3 pm at HotDocs Cinema. Or watch an interview from the Wild & Scenic Fest in California.
After attending Wild & Scenic Film Festival in January, I travelled to San Francisco, the city from my bucket list. Many wonderful things happened there, and one of them was meeting and filming my personal hero - a poet, a writer, a feminist, an LGBT activist and a philosopher Judy Grahn, for the "Moon Cycles" documentary. Dreams do come true!
In November 2018 I travelled from wintery Moscow to summerish Lisbon to freezing Thunder Bay (Canada) in 36 hours, to finish the shoot we started in the summer for the Federal Government of Canada. That's how I found myself in the glorious -24C in a fly-in indigenous community of Neskantaga, working as a camerawoman. It was a tough shoot, but our wonderful hosts and numerous dogs on the rez made the experience worthwhile. The film on the wellbeing in Indigenous Communities is almost ready for distribution.
I have been hired as a camera woman for a documentary on wellbeing - a joint effort of the Federal Government of Canada and First Nations. For the full description and some photos - please click on a photo.
Have you ever been inside of a church organ? Me neither, until Governor General's award recipient Gordon Monahan hired me this summer as a camerawoman. We went inside to produce some moving images for one of his many fascinating sound projects. I used to play piano, and dreamt of playing organ as a kid. My dream came true when I was 13. And again, this May, after we wraped. So that was very special!
His name is Magid Magid, he is a 28-y.o. Somalian refugee, and a leader of a green party! By the time the documentary film festival started, he was only three fresh weeks as a Lord Mayor, obliged to wear a 1,5 kg gold jewelry around his neck. And he's styling it! I also got a tour of his office when accidentally walked in there. Shortly after his election, Magid Magid fearlessly called Trump a "wasteman" and banned him from entering his city. US president was supposed to visit UK shortly after.
2017 was a lot about the skies as I tested its limits and the stars which I tried to reach while making the film called "Moon Cycles". I've logged camera gear through Peruvian jungle, Andean mountain range, Atacama desert and Bolivian salt flats. I learned how to skin a buffalo and to smoke a pipe on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and judged an international cross-section of visual artists. I created works in two artist residencies and taught film to the younger generations.
I also experienced gear breakdowns, broken promises, language and cultural barriers, failed collaborations, nearly broke my neck in a Death Valley and attempted to shoot the darkest skies on a full Moon night... At some point I was ready to give up. Surrendering to patience and accepting my fate seemed the only option.
Yet I've encountered incredible individuals along the way, who made me believe that I am on the right path, both personally and creatively. Kindn...
After serving on a jury for visual arts, I'm awarded a two-week residency at the Brusk Creek Center for the Arts in Wyoming. I had a privilege being there back in 2013, where I created a few haunting images like this one and visited Yellowstone national park. This time I'm excited to rewrite one of my scripts and to expand nighttime photography of the Wild West's dark skies.
After the residency I plan to go to Montana to continue filming my feature doc "Moon Cycles". This doc started with Kukama people in Peru and went to the most productive observatory in the world - ESO. The film aims to capture the meaning of a female spirit through creation stories and scientific findings alike.
In Montana I plan to learn about Blackfoot people and their history. I should be back to Toronto sometime in October, 2017.
For one month 12 international artists, including me, lived in this traditional Kukama house, called moloka (or Kukameria) in a tiny village of Santo Tomás, near Iquitos, Peru. There we learned about Amazon region and Kukama people, along with their disappearing indigenous culture. Two exhibitions emerged out of our collective experiences. One is at the Galeria ICPNA (Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Calle Pevas, 487) April 27-June 9, 2017 in Iquitos, Peru. It is the first ever art exhibition in the region. And the second one is June 2-July 2, 2017 at the Centro Cultural de la Escuela de Bellas Artes del Perú in the historic center of Lima (Jr. Huallaga 402 - 426), Peru. During this time I've made a new short doc, "El Río de los Kukamas" and started working on my new feature titled "Moon Cycles". After leaving Peru in early May, I travelled through beautiful and somewhat hostile Bolivia and am now in Chile. For the next month I will cross Chilean-Argentinian border a few time...