Bravo!FACT Presents “Nagasaki Circus”

October 14, 2009 by  
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Nagasaki Circus can now be seen (minus the beautiful, dancing credits) on Bravo!Fact’s website:

http://watch.bravo.ca/bravofact-presents/season-5/bravofact-presents-ep-505-the-words-the-thing/#clip221015

It was great to see it aired!

Bravo!FACT Presents: The Word’s The Thing

October 7, 2009 by  
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This Friday, October 9th 2009, at 8PM

and,

Saturday, October 10th 2009, 8AM

on Bravo!FACT Presents, watch my “Nagasaki Circus”!

Bravo!FACT Presents EP: 505 The Word’s The Thing 2009

The Word’s the thing in this week’s episode of Bravo!FACT Presents, with 5 new shorts celebrating the literary arts. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s acclaimed production of Bartholomew Fair features music by ex-Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page; Jordan Scott’s verbal tic informs his poetry in Stutter; puppets bring the words of author Martin Ewen to life in Nagasaki Circus; and writing meets animation in Tanya Davis’ How to Be Alone and John Robert Colombo’s Recipe for a Canadian Novel.”

Follow the link for Bravo’s schedule:


http://www.bravo.ca/television/tvshows/show.aspx?showID=Bravo!FACT%20Presents

Put on your Sunday best, get out a lawn chair and a giant foam finger! It’s a special event!

a still from "Nagasaki Circus"
a still from”Nagasaki Circus”

Festival Updates

October 5, 2009 by  
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First and foremost, I’d like to announce that “Nagasaki Circus” aired on BRAVO last night, Oct. 4th, 2009.  I didn’t, myself, see it, but I’ve been told.   Happy day for “Nagasaki Circus”!  Sad day for the cast and I missing it.

For those wishing to watch “Nagasaki Circus” on the big screen, it’ll be showing up in a couple new venues this fall.

First, check out the Pleasure Dome screening in Toronto.

Robert’s Creek

Performance by Pierre Hébert and Stefan Smulovitz; a sudden change in the consistency of snow (2008) by Peter V. Swendson & Locavore; a survey of recent short animation work from Toronto
Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24, 8pm $15/$10 members & students
Loop Studio, Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. (2 blocks south of St. Clair Ave. W.)
See the link for more details and the other short films to be screened on those nights.
“Nagasaki Circus” has also been accepted to screen at the HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL, which came as a little surprise, since we forgot to even apply to it this year! The Artistic Director of the festival bought a copy of “Nagasaki Circus” during a busker festival, where I was performing chalk art, and decided to submit it to the festival himself! It was great news to hear.
DETAILS:
HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL 2009

NOVEMBER 3rd – 8th
THE STAIRCASE THEATRE
27 DUNDURN ST. N, HAMILTON ON
In the mean time, I’ll be back in St. John’s Newfoundland from Oct. 16th to Oct. 25th, moderating a kids’ animation workshop and attending the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival again. Once again I’ve had the privilege of animating the festival’s signature film which leads each screening and I can’t wait to see it in action, as animation doesn’t really exist without an audience to watch it (It’s sort of like a tree falling in a forest).
I’ll be posting that short piece as soon as the 2009 festival campaign is up revealed!

Rachel’s Friends

January 12, 2009 by  
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Links to friends Rachel loves to brag about:

PERFORMERS

Musician, Larry Norman (1947-2008)

Robert Nelson is “The Butterfly Man”

Lurk, the cynical stilt-waking mime

Lee Zimmerman, The Puppet Guy

Aerial Angels

Musician, Bob Wiseman

Pianist, Becky Booker

Musician, Dave Thompson

Musicians, McKenna

Musician, Jacob Moon

Ken Abell and Oblique Magazine

Comedian, Dave Coulier

The Kratt Brothers

FILMMAKERS and ANIMATORS

Animation filmmaker, John F. Weldon

BookShorts Inc

The National Film Board of Canada

Squeeze Animation

Chuck Gammage

VISUAL ARTS

Lampwork by Elly Peters

The art of Scott Ireland

Carole Peters, Pyrographer

Monster Factory

Gerry Zeldin, Painter

AUTHORS

Paul Quarrington (1953 – 2010)

RACHEL IS A FAN OF

Beryl Productions

Lyle Lovett

Stephen Fry

C.S. Lewis

Stuart McLean

Philip Yancey


Behind the Scenes of “Nagasaki Circus”

January 5, 2009 by  
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Fresh and hot off the youtube!

Watch the story of how the film “Nagasaki Circus” came to be.
Get glimpses of the marionette filming process and hear Martin Ewen’s take on life as a cynical, stilt-walking mime.

“Loves it!” Newfoundland and Beyond

October 20, 2008 by  
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My [now annual] excursion to St. John’s NFLD was, as usual, a lovely time.  I’ve found that in every trip to The Rock I seem to get tricked into being educated, in some way or another.  This year at the St. John’s Int. Women’s Film Festival was no exception.  From Irish sailors stopping in to port, to films about Holy Heart High School, to dark comedies about Newfoundland life — everything seems to be crammed full of culture.  Everything also seems to be uphill and against the rain.

I ate cod tongue.

I have yet to be screeched in.

I spent Oct. 11th and 12th with seven junior high students, creating animation flipbooks and claymation shorts for the festival-sponsored workshop, “2D in 2Days”.  I was truly impressed by the quality and understanding of animation these guys achieved in only two days and it excited me to try the workshop again.  I had planned it all out two years ago, but this was my first time seeing it through to fruition.

The morning of Sunday, Oct 12th was spent in the CBC radio studio, with Angel Antle, on the Weekend Arts Magazine, talking of workshops, festivals, films (specifically mine, “Nagasaki Circus”) and fire eating.

Then, a little break and on to the festival!  I actually got rather distracted during most of the festival and missed a great deal of the films and workshops I had wanted to attend.  I ended up starting a flipbook of my own, having been inspired by my kids from the previous week, and I hid away for most of the week.

“Nagasaki Circus” screened on the 17th with the Moving Stories Film Festival, within the St. John’s Festival — A festival within a festival.  Like an onion.  Or a parfait.

Luckily, I missed my flight home because I was too busy dancing atop of Signal Hill with filmmaker, Irene Duma, so I was able to attend the closing ceremonies and the after party where I was able to meet people I had hidden from all week and shove some helium balloons down my shirt.  See?  It all works out.
I then garnered a solid three hours of sleep, woke up while the others were still wrapping up the party, and I caught my next flight off that precious stone.

watch Post Festival Depression, chalked full of festival inside jokes!

Here’s what you should expect next:

The Moving Stories Film Festival is trucking onward to screen at the Ottawa Writer’s Festival where many-a-masterclass will occur.

I will be on the panel of one of these masterclasses, “Animating Books: From Page to Screen”

Come to the screening Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 PM, at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street
Tickets, passes and info: 613.562.1243.
The brilliantly written and puppeted “Nagasaki Circus” will be screened, along with many others, including Paul Quarrington’s “Pavane”, which is a short adaptation of (or alternate angle to) his latest Gillar long-listed novel, “The Ravine”.

The “Animating Books: From Page to Screen” masterclass with Rachel Peters and Gary Thomas, Hosted by Chris Robinson, and Presented with the Ottawa Animation Festival will be held Thursday, October 23, 6:00 PM.

For more information about the Writers’ Festival and all of its events, visit: www.writersfestival.org

I’ve got MY bus ticket.  Do you?

Nagasaki Circus is a Wrap! …and I aint talkin’ a chicken caesar wrap!

October 4, 2008 by  
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I’ve spent the last year creating 6 minutes of film entitled “Nagasaki Circus”.
My longest work yet (I am a commercial maker) was written by a cynical, stilt-walking mime named Martin “Lurk” Ewen.
Martin, a mime, turned out to be one of the most articulate human beings I’ve ever encountered (innately poetic, no?) and upon reading his short story of the same name, I couldn’t help but want to try to do it justice in film.
The story sat in my mind for close to a year, searching for a style and a medium worthy of its surreal nature, and then I discovered Lee Zimmerman and his hypnotic marionette show.
I believe Lee was the piece of the puzzle that brought us all together.  We all knew each other from the variety performance community, which created a great dynamic.  In variety performance, there’s about a half-a-degree of separation from everyone else.  I love my hippy world.  I’m glad it was able to successfully cross over into my other hippy world.
Eventually the project was taken on by executive producer, Judith Keenan and Bookshorts and we ended up with funding and encouragement from Bravo!FACT as well as the National Film Board of Canada.
This was my second film with the National Film Board’s involvement and I hope it’s the sign of a long lasting relationship.

The final piece is now touring with the Moving Stories Film Festival and will be submitting to other film festivals shortly.  Bravo!FACT has graciously let us hold off on airing the film until the summer of 2009 so that we can get the most out of our festival endeavors.

To read more about “Nagasaki Circus”, see what The Moving Stories Film Festival has to say in their press release.

Also, be sure to take a look at the Moving Stories tour schedule to see when it might be passing throughyour area!

Update: Watch “Nagasaki Circus”.