Power – Official Selection at Canada’s Yes! Let’s Make Movie Film Festival



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A mesmerizing call to action, ‘Power’ is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy performance of Zetlin’s poem ‘Power.’ A 3D face tracking app on the director’s face creates characters who narrate the poem, including a panda, a cardboard box, and a wicked queen. These personas embody different points of view about power and change, from gentleness to rage. The poem is a pantoum, derived from a Malay verse form, where lines repeat, so the characters reappear, but they don’t always appear the same. Planets, stars, fractals and galaxies form the backdrop. ‘Power’ appears in ‘Addictions of a Poet Laureate,’ published by Always Press.

River of Rain now showing at Fogo Island Gallery, Newfoundland

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River of Rain is on view at the Fogo Island Gallery in Newfoundland, until October 15, 2017. A collaboration with Marlene Creates, who follows the natural cycle of water from rain to pond to river and sea, and back to rain again following a record-breaking rainstorm. Creates voice evokes the water’s course, alternating with text on the screen that conveys her reflections and memories of the river. Underscoring the connection between language and landscape, the work frames our experiences of the natural world as simultaneously shaped by pure perception and interior consciousness. Zetlin was the director, cinematographer, and editor.

River of Rain video exhibited as part of Marlene Creates’ Fogo Island Gallery Exhibition

River of Rain (2010), a video made by Zetlin in collaboration with artist Marlene Creates, is part of Creates’ exhibition opening May 18 – October 15, 2017. River of Rain follows the natural cycle of water from rain to pond to river and sea, and back to rain again following a record-breaking storm. Creates’s voice evokes the water’s course, alternating with text on screen that conveys her reflections and memories of the river. Underscoring the connection between language and landscape, the work frames our experience of the natural world as simultaneously shaped by pure perception and interior consciousness.

The Fogo Island Gallery presents a solo exhibition of the work of senior Canadian artist Marlene Creates. To the Blast Hole Pond River brings together a selection of photography and video that draw inspiration from the river that flows through Creates’s property, a six-acre patch of boreal forest in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland, where she has lived since 2002. As the title suggests, the exhibition is both tribute and journey, a meditation on the specificities of place that considers our connection to the natural world as a form of reciprocal engagement.

The exhibition is curated by Alexandra McIntosh (Director of Programs and Exhibitions, Fogo Island Arts) and Nicolaus Schafhausen (Director, Kunsthalle Wien and Strategic Director, Fogo Island Arts).

To the Blast Hole Pond River is presented in parallel to the exhibition Belonging to a Place: An Exhibition by Fogo Island Arts at Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto, from June 22 to September 23, 2017. For more information: www.marlenecreates.ca

Herons and Monks wins Award of Commendation at Canada Shorts Film Fest

Held in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada Shorts’ mission is to champion short filmmaking and strive to award quality shorts regardless of their budget. Many festivals only award shorts that have been shot for many thousands of dollars. We want to also ensure indie filmmakers have the opportunity for festival success and will award additional points to shorts produced on a micro budget or minimal crew.


Leaning Towards Water: From Art To Activism – November 8, 2016

A PowerPoint talk by Liz Zetlin.

Part of the Beaver Valley Lifelong Learning Association series: Our Inland Seas.
From fishing to feminism to film, this series will explore life in and on the Great Lakes – the largest fresh water system on earth.

“Everything is water. Everything.”, says Anishinaabe elder and water-walker Pauline Shirt. The likelihood of having enough clean, fresh water is diminishing everywhere. How we treat our water, especially around the Great Lakes, is of vital importance. Attitudes and practices must change. So, for the love of water, this talk will feature poems, personal stories, films and community projects inspired by the Great Lakes watershed. As a member of the international Ecoart collective, Liz hopes this talk will stimulate dialogue and encourage the long-term flourishing of the natural environments in which we are privileged to live.

Water Docs Where-You-Live in Owen Sound – September 13, 21, 27, 2016

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New Film Series at the Library


The Owen Sound Water Watchers, a grassroots community group working to raise awareness and take action on local water issues, announces their first ever film series, Water Docs Where-You-Live in Owen Sound. The film series takes place at the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library, September 13th, 21st and 27th.. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Films start at 6:30 p.m. After each screening there will be a Q&A with a panel of local experts. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

“We’re very excited about sharing these compelling films and having the chance to discuss issues raised around fracking, eco-art projects and bottled water,” says Water Watchers’ chair Liz Zetlin. We’re grateful to our partners who made this possible: the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library; the Toronto-based Water Docs International Film Festival; Scenic City Film Festival and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery,

The series kicks off with Fractured Land on Tuesday, September 13th. This powerful documentary follows Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom. As 350.org founder, Bill McKibben, puts it, “Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with.” Panel members include 350.org member David Walton and filmmaker Nelson Phillips.

On Wednesday, September 21, Angel Azul explores the artistic journey of Jason deCaires Taylor, an innovative artist who combines creativity with an important environmental solution; the creation of artificial coral reefs from statues he’s cast from live models. When algae overtakes the reefs however, experts provide the facts about the perilous situation coral reefs currently face and solutions necessary to save them. Panel members include Tom Thomson Art Gallery Director/Chief Curator Virginia Eichhorn and retired Marine Biologist John Anderson.

On Tuesday, September 27, the final screening features Bottlegate, a TVO film produced by The Water Brothers, two young eco-adventurers who explore our relationship with water. Bottlegate focuses on the true cost of bottled water. Canadians enjoy one of the cleanest and most plentiful supplies of freshwater in the world. Tap water is also cheap and easily accessible, so why is there such a huge demand for bottled water? The Water Brothers visit a water treatment facility and discover that water from the tap is often of the same quality or even better than bottled water. Globally, 17 million barrels of oil are needed to produce and distribute bottled water annually. Two local short films are also part of the program: Keepers of the Water and the Bottle or the Tap, a music video made by Bayview Grade 5/6 students. Panel members include Deputy Mayor Arlene Wright; Public Health Dietician Grey Bruce Health Unit, Laura Needham; and public school teacher/Owen Sound Water Watchers’ member Lynn Beaton

For more information about these events contact Carolin Brooks, cbrooks@owensound.library.on.ca, 519-376-6623 ext. 214.

River of Rain screens at Walking Women at Somerset House, London, UK

RIVER OF RAIN – The Blast Hole Pond River in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland, is featured in this video poem by Marlene Creates and Elizabeth Zetlin. The river flows through the property where Creates lives and has been the subject of much of her work since 2002.

The video poem follows the Earth’s water cycle — from the rain to the land to the pond to the river to the sea to the clouds to the rain again — after a record-breaking 100-millimetre rainstorm. Along the way, we see, hear, and almost smell the torrent. But we also learn some of the artist’s thoughts as she looks at the river, some of which are memories of things other people have said.

The video conveys the ability of human consciousness to be in two places at once: both perceiving the exterior world that’s right in front of us and generating a medley of interior thoughts. Creates’s voice is heard reading the poem, which evokes details of the water’s course. Alternating with the ongoing flow, her reflections and memories appear as text over still images. In this way the video poem reflects the interplay between pure perception and linguistic modes of consciousness.

A concluding montage of images and spoken words excerpted from the video poem makes a gesture towards the relationship between language and landscape. Visually, the point of view changes: the camera swirls, slows, and speeds up. The human voice — starting with meaning and ending with murmur — replaces the sound of the river.

WALKING WOMEN: http://www.walkingartistsnetwork.org/walking-women-at-somerset-house/walkingwomen

A programme of events that places women at the centre of discussions and debates about walking and art. Part of UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility – Four Seasons of events, exhibitions and new commissions celebrating the idea of utopia to mark the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s influential text.

The invisibility of women in what appears as a canon of walking is conspicuous; where they are included, it is often as an ‘exception’ to an unstated norm, represented by a single chapter in a book or even a footnote. Heddon and Turner (2012)

How do we re-write a canon? How do we re-balance the perception of art, artists, and the use of walking as a creative practice? Can we not only imagine a future in which gender bias and skewed vision is destroyed, but actively build the pathway there?

These events are a step on that path. Bringing together artists from across disciplines – theatre makers, writers, sculptors, film makers, poets, live artists and visual artists with academics, curators and cultural critics to discuss, present, create, record, broadcast and make public the work of WALKING WOMEN.

Artist’s walks and talks will run alongside a Wikipedia edit-a-thon of women walking artists, an open mic Pecha-Kucha, and special editions of LADA’s Study Room and The Walking Library, featuring books by, about and related to walking women.

Monday 11 – Sunday 17 July 

Go for a walk with extracts from Clare Qualmann and Claire Hind’s book Ways to Wander, spend an hour, or a day, travelling on Amy Sharrocks’ Bus Pass, give yourself up to Jennie Savage’s audio walk The Guide to Getting Lost.

Wednesday 13th July 

Join writer, artist and breast cancer survivor, Claire Collison for An intimate tour of breasts,exploring their mythologies and commodification throughout history to the present day.

Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 July 

The Walking Reading Group on Participation (Lydia Ashman, Ania Bas and Simone Mair) lead a walk discussing ideas of Utopia, artistic director Anna Birch introduces her women’s suffrage inspired film March , made with Glasgow Women’s Library and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Lois Keidan director of the Live Art Development Agency discusses the Afghani Artist Kubra Khademi’s radical walking protest performance art, writer and journalist Anna Minton and geographer Jo Norcup respond to artists talks by Clare Qualmann, Amy Sharrocks, and Jennie Savage, artist-researcher Dee Heddon takes her Walking Library for Women Walking on a suffragette inspired route, artist-researcher Alison Lloyd presents her work recovering histories of women land artists of the 1960s and 70s, performance maker Louise Ann Wilson discusses her site-specific walks Warnscale and Fissure, academics Dee Heddon and Cathy Turner discuss their research on Women Walking and how we might further open up questions on what it means to walk, who walks and where. Plus: film screenings, pecha-kucha format artists’ talks, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, and LADA’s library of WALKING WOMEN books.

Booking information will be announced shortly.

There are also opportunities for artists to get involved and show their work – see here

Look out for a LADA Study Room Guide on WALKING WOMEN  being created by Amy Sharrocks and Clare Qualmann.

WALKING WOMEN is curated by Amy Sharrocks and Clare Qualmann in collaboration with Dee Heddon.

It is presented in partnership with Somerset House, The Live Art Development Agency, The Walking Artists Network, The University of East London, Deveron Arts, Forest Fringe and Geography Workshop. A series of radio programmes tying in to the events will be broadcast on Resonance FM.

Full schedule with timings here: http://www.walkingartistsnetwork.org/walking-women-at-somerset-house/