Saturday, July 16, 2011

One Thousand Flowers

You may not have known that I'm married to a rockstar. Well, I am. I may have mentioned it before, you can hear a little of what he does in this pretty little piece filmed by Millefiore Clarkes, and at the same time you can check out a few things from the store!

The Green Man from Millefiore Clarkes on Vimeo.

You can also see the Green Man in this piece she shot for This Town is Small with Catherine MacLellan.

Catherine MacLellan - Trickle Down Rain from This Town Is Small on Vimeo.

And there's another one too!  Go back to the This Town is Small Vimeo profile to check it out.

I recently got in touch with Millefiore as I had a few questions that demanded answers.

How does living on an island effect your film making?  Do you think living on a better(read: bigger) island would help you create better films?
I think living on an island effects art-making in general - whether it be filmmaking or other. The thing about art is that at it's core is the artist's gaze. The creative process requires the creator to be able to listen to the world around them as it filters through the world inside. There's less cacophony here - so it's easier to listen.
Who would you rather marry - Christopher Guest or Peter Jackson?
PJ. He made one of my favourite films 'Heavenly Creatures'. But 'Best is Show' casts a strong vote for Christopher. Can you give me a better-looking option?
You seem to make a lot of music inspired pieces, would you rather be a musician?
I'm great just the way I am. But yes, I must admit I do feel the allure of sweaty cheering crowds, free bar-tabs, and old vans. 
Though practicing the piano was always more of a chore than a joy, I would say musicality factors heavily into what I do. Rhythm is the heart of editing. It's all rhythm, man.
I watched your video for ' If My Silence' by The Meantime on Vimeo.  There's a rumor going around that the girl in the video is actually fake walking in front of a green screen!  The stride looks so natural to me, can you put the rumors to rest?
I'm a documentarian at heart - so nothing I film is fake. That girl (who goes by the name of Kelly Caseley during daylight hours) is REALLY fake-walking. Nothing made-up about it.
What's the best film/doc you haven't made yet? Human child raised by sharks,  Where Have all the Payphones gone, or Oh No!  Not Another Bonobo!
The best film I haven't made yet is the one that penetrates the inner psyche of the collective human unconscious and unlocks the potential in all our potential. It's a film that makes people want to vote for Elizabeth May, pay more taxes to house the homeless, be satisfied with less (unless they need more), and wander daily in transcendent amazement and respect for the swirling unknowable mind-bending miracle of all that is. Something like 'Baraka'. 

What more can I say?  Millefiore Clarkes ladies and gents.  Another very talented Island girl documenting and exposing the work of other talented Islanders(that fake walker girl deserves some recognition).  Go to her website and watch it all. You won't be disappointed.  Did I mention her short doc December in Toronto has been viewed a bazillion times(I think that's the scientific terminology for 92,400)?  And the music is by none other then my aforementioned rockstar husband?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pregnant on the Internet

During my first pregnancy I had little to no access to the internet and was stuck reading What to Expect... over and over again while waiting for any and all magazines even remotely related to the miracle of birth to hit the newstands.  During my second pregnancy I had a huge stack of magazines and one very well thumbed copy of What to Expect... to peruse, but this time around I have 24 hour access to the internet!  And what a curse it has turned out to be!  My God the things that can go wrong!  Like this:
Overalls and pregnancy do not mix ladies.  They just don't.  I'd rather see you chugging back a couple of brewskies then sporting a ginormous pair of overalls during these precious days.
Or this can happen:
Is it Halloween?  Is that your costume?  Are you a real bonafide witch?  I always assumed that 'real' witches don't actually wear the hats.  Maybe I'm wrong?  I know it's really hard to dress like yourself when your expecting(has anyone seen me in the past few trimesters?), so maybe she was just trying to accessorize? 
I'm so glad it's finally Summer so I can find other naked pregnant ladies to hang out with.  This sort of thing is just plain embarrassing when you're by yourself.
What can I say?  There are so many pics out there like this one.  Too many really.

Here's another one.
And another one.  
And there are other things to be frightened of as well.  Like what if you get pregnant BEFORE you are married?  Yeah, what if?  Don't worry.  Internet to the rescue!

This poor lady.  I almost felt so bad for her that I wasn't going to post this picture, but it's from so I think it's been viewed a few times already.  But at least she wore a dress. 
I realize you want to be comfy when your expecting, but sweat pants and a sports bra, really?  Nice veil though.

I don't think this would be acceptable if she wasn't expecting.  Actually I still don't think it's acceptable. 

And all I can say about this pic is that I'm pretty sure there's a reason her head is cropped out of the photo... I'm guessing the entire set up was his idea.

Having been through a few pregnancies now I can admit that I've gone through the whole gamut of reactions when you do the home pregnancy test.  Disbelief, tears(these can be happy, or sad, or a mix of both), the desire to call everyone you know, the desire to pee on many many more tests just to confirm what test #1 says, but one thing I have never done is this:
" Hmmm...two lines that means I'm pregnant!  wow!  I better smell this sucker just to be sure."