hi friends- Meredith here.
I’m in Toronto where it is gloriously warm and sunny, and I am terrifically over-dressed in a wooly coat and scarf. Ah well… I ain’t complaining. I’m all about the sun.
I arrived here on the train last night specifically to attend a special screening. Years ago I started a small film festival called the One Minute Film and Video Festival, which I ran with friends in a very grassroots way (re. non-paying) from 2003 to 2007. The idea behind the festival was that every year we would assign a theme, and then people all over the world (seriously, we had submissions from all over the world) would go out and make short films/videos on that theme. Once a year we’d have a fun night where we’d screen them (all vaguely related) as part of a one night ‘festival’ at a local movie theatre. It was fun, but a LOT of work (as any grassroots venture usually is!). We put the festival on hiatus when we all got busy with a bunch of different projects.
Well, last night was a big deal because my friend Matt (who started the fest with me oh so many years ago) decided to revive the show — and last night was the big event. It was a great night! It was really interesting to get to sit back and watch as an audience member, rather than as a concerned and distracted organizer.
The selection of shorts that screened last night were fun, charming, thought-provoking, and funny… the whole gamut. And, I am happy to tell you, I left feeling inspired. Because I’ve chosen to pursue the ‘project option’ as part of my Master’s thesis, I am constantly thinking about interesting ways I can tell stories, engage audiences and present my research in a non-traditional format.
Because I have ties to the film department (and an undergrad degree in film!), that’s the obvious place to start. I’ve been toying with the idea of making a collection of very short film/video projects (maybe the one-minute-long format is a good place to start?) that I can incorporate into my final on-line project. Seeing last night’s selection of shorts was a good reminder of just what can be accomplished. I’ve got lots to think about.
I was hoping to get some work done this afternoon, but I have a feeling I will be lured into the outdoors instead. Still, I think being in a different place and seeing different things/talking to different people, can provide important fodder to contemplation and idea generating. Or at least that’s how I’ll justify it to myself today…