Monday, December 12, 2011

Hugh Jackman on Aboriginal Communities

I posted this on my other blog The Men's Banner Project. It actually made my day.  To have George Snuffleupagus (intentional) and Hugh Jackman talk about the Aboriginal peoples in both of their countries was pretty amazing to see.

I just returned from the World March of Women conference in the Philippines where delegates from Europe and Australia were not aware there were Aboriginal people in Canada. When things like this happen I always feel like a leprechaun or fairy.  A creature you only read about in stories or history books but never actually see... I wish I had wings. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Musings On an Echo

Musings on an Echo is a short film I made while in school. Made in 2005. I think I've grown as a filmmaker since creating this.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gratitude Failure

The month of October has passed and I was unable to complete 31 days of gratitude. I need to learn time management and to have less things going on in my life all at the same time.

I realized I don't give myself enough opportunities to be creative.

I helped organize a march for Take Back the Night in my city. I also completed a full Men's Banner last weekend and participated in the Four Directions Walk for Poverty. I'm happy about all those things but sad that I'm always tired or too busy for personal endeavors.

Tonight I realized I missed Sea Otter Awareness week. It happens September 25 to October 1.I'm always aware of otters but I would have done something special in tribute to my spirit animal.

I'm also unprepared for November's National Novel Writing Month and Art everyday month.

I'm unsure on how to do organize myself so that I accomplish what I need to without compromising myself.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Day 8 of 31 Days of Gratitude

So glad I'm not in charge of time and thankful that I haven't giving this up even though I'm behind.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Day 7 of 31 Days of Gratitude

 My breakfast is happy to see me 

I appreciate Yuri's cooking and not having to cook.

Still happy

Day 6 of 31 Days of Gratitude

When life imitates art. Those are really the best moments.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Day 3 of 31 Days of Gratitude

Fernando's Day

I'm thankful for how I view the world...

So many opportunities to play.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Day 2 of 31 Days of Gratitude

I'm always in awe of this beautiful woman. Sarah is the star of my latest film Dreamcatcher. She's a director's dream come true, talented, lovely, dedicated and fearless.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Day 1 of 31 Days of Gratitude

Oreo, my high maintenance little fluff factory.

Oreo and Spike

I love her little paws
She enjoys micro managing between power naps

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Moments in my kitchen

A pink haze pushed away the night sky only to be covered up by grey clouds.

I sit at my kitchen table, every few minutes I look up out my window anticipating rain. Power lines, the tops of a few trees and the lovely grey sky create my view. I'm hoping for a long day of rain. I like the soft grey daylight. The world always feels gentler when it's like this. 

In my little apartment the kitchen is my favorite room. I'm not fond of cooking or other kitchen related activities. But this is a good room. From dawn to dusk it's filled with light. If I stand at the window I can see down the little back alley of where I lived as a small child. It's like looking out at a memory.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Filming Dreamcatcher

The last week of July I filmed and edited "Dreamcatcher" a dramatic fantasy of Aboriginal mythology.   I had an excellent crew to work with and am very happy with the final product.

We worked on two of the hottest days of summer. I was  a nice shade of red at the end of shooting but never noticed until we were done.

Here are a few pictures of the two day shoot.

My lovely actress walking to the location of the next scene. 

All day in the hot sun I'd see butterflies just a few feet a way from me.  A few members of the crew and myself tried to catch one  to let go and film it flying a way. But we were not successful in our attempts. I think the butterflies were camera shy but wanted to watch us make our movie.

Cast and Costume designer relaxing during lunch.

She is just a ridiculously lovely girl.

Standing in the middle of my set.

Giving a bit of direction.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday's Feet

Yuri and Anna.
Our first day of school.

Artist: Anna-Celestrya Carr
Taken September 2010

Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday's Feet

 Footprints in the sand

Artist: Anna-Celestrya Carr
Taken August 2008

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Creative Native

Yesterday was National Aboriginal Day, the day we recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.  
I woke up early and like a proud Métis ran out to work. I hoped that after my 8 hour day there would still be events going on and I wouldn’t be too tired to participate.

In the late afternoon I dropped by one of the open air pow wows, just in time for the last few songs.  Meandering around, I watched the competitive dancing and admired the different jewelry, art and clothing being sold.  
I was having a lazy blissful time but a rain storm pushed me to head home. 

My intention for the evening was to make bannock but sleep got in the way of that plan too.

So, to honour yesterday and the fact that I'm Aboriginal everyday I'm posting some of my indigenous inspired art.   

Mixed-media collage. Created in 2010.

Small painting part of a larger thematic collage. Created in  2010.