Welcome to the May 2019 calendar pages. This image was taken in Asheville, North Carolina a few years back when I began exploring a unique intentional community in that area. One of the properties that the community continues to consider how to rejuvenate includes a farm tract, trailer residences, and a large area where, in years past, folks have dumped old cars, thresher wheels, furniture, motorcycles, concrete mixers and more. A couple of tradesman had set up shop there too. In the midst of this polyglot of sights and possibilities was this very old, partially overgrown outhouse, and these whimsically placed chairs in a row on one side. I immediately imagined the chairs being there for those waiting in line to use the facility, and “Queuing for the Loo” became this image’s title. I was especially pleased to find a font for the calendar page that somehow echoes the feel of the old outhouse and aging chairs with peeling paint.
This experimental film might also be referred to as a contemplative film. And it could just as easily be called a chance composition. My friend and fellow Goddard alum, Brenda Bowyer, conceived of a chance methodology for the creation of new art work, using special dice such as those used in Dungeons and Dragons. She asked me if I would like to play the chance game and I didn’t miss a beat in my “hell, yes!”
On March 3, I was given six weeks to make a work based on my unique results coming from the tossing of six dice. It will not surprise anyone who knows me that it took me eight weeks to complete the project. I stewed over possible ideas for seven and a half weeks and then had my aha moment this past weekend. All footage was gathered on Saturday and I finished the editing of the film, complete with credits this evening.
The film is 22 minutes long. I decided I didn’t want the criteria to create expectations in the viewer’s mind – I really wanted the viewer to have a “pure” experience of the film, so I wait until the end of the film to share with you the six elements that guided the creation of this work.
I will tell you one thing, though: I did a lot of research on non-narrative film for this project. what I learned became a primary driver for me in the creation of this work.
I welcome your feedback. Here is the link to RAIN