Sweet Chariot Music Festival

Once upon a time, on the coast of Maine…

This is how the story began.

And everything that followed,

Was just a dream.

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Led by Geoff Kaufman and Daisy Nell,  sweet charioteers sail from boat to boat, jumping from one schooner to another to invite everyone to join the fun.

Merci Monsieur Douglas Day.

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Le Clos de la Meslerie, Un Vin d’excellence…

 
Peter Hahn is a Wine maker from the Loire Valley.
His wine is probably one of the finest nectar of the region  “Le Clos de la Meslerie“.
His secret is simple, he does everything by himself.
By hand. No industrial process whatsoever in the making of his wine.
He carefully selects each grape,
And as you can witness in this short clip, he uses only traditional tools of winemakers including the old wood press and barrels.
His wine has the fine taste of perfection.

A successful project by all means.

Every Year is an exceptional one for this small 4 hectars production that is already winning prices all over the world.
A well kept secret…

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Web Links !

Perusing the web is the last thing you should do…Go take a walk…But if you have to, you can check some of these links..

Jim Wilson | God’s Chorus of Crickets | crickets audio recording slowed way down

Tom Waits (on Jim Wilson): “Wilson, he’s always playing with time. I heard a recording recently of crickets slowed way down. It sounds like a choir, it sounds like angel music. Something sparkling, celestial with full harmony and bass parts – you wouldn’t believe it. It’s like a sweeping chorus of heaven, and it’s just slowed down, they didn’t manipulate the tape at all. So I think when Wilson slows people down, it gives you a chance to watch them moving through space. And there’s something to be said for slowing down the world.”

Source: “Woyzeck to run at Freud Playhouse”. Daily Bruin (USA), by Andrew Lee. December 3, 2002
Find more on the recording on this link: www.democraticunderground.com/10023815586

Borrowing journalistic postures they smash formats with humour or with poetry. Playing with oxymoron and manipulating images, they bend and move points of view reclaiming their subjectivity … What are the strategies of these contemporary artists who in gathering up information melt and remap the world? source : http://www.orevo.com/2011/10/05/vimeo-html5-test/

. The Arctic Light by : TSO Photography

Theo Jansen : Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor. He builds large works which resemble skeletons of animals that are able to walk using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands. His animated works are a fusion of art andengineering; in a car company television commercial Jansen says: “The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.” He strives at equipping his creations with their own intelligence to manage avoiding obstacles, by changing their course when one is detected, such as the sea itself.

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. Women…. :

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

. Evolution :  Hans Rosling’s 200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes – The joy of Stats – BBC four

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. Rutt-Etra-Izer: l’art vidéo en application web

 

. Battleship Island – Japan’s Rotting Metropolis


. Edouard Salier – 3D Clip Director

He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died

. BDM pour le magazine du bout du monde : http://www.boutsdumonde.com/

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. http://www.europeana.eu/portal/

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Memory-Lane.Tv – Multisensory Intervention and Media for Alzheimer patients and caregivers

Integrative and Mind Body medicine are two fascinating fields in constant development. here is what’s going on in the world of Alzheimer’s and Dementia…Fascinating.

Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 16.21.13Memory-Lane.Tv is a personalized multi-sensory on-demand video platform helping dementia patients and caregivers through the combination of several therapies : guided imagery, music and auditory integration, chronobiology, olfactory stimulation.


An expanding library of therapeutic and interactive sessions, stimulating the cognitive functions and the episodic memory of the viewers through customized specific multi-sensory content. Our programs are accessible as sessions at different time of the day, offering an innovative soothing stimulation and a respite.


Memory-Lane.Tv is an alternative to medication to deal with anxiety, stress and sundowning syndrome.

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More information : www.Memory-Lane.tv

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“Voyageur 1608” – 200 years of French presence in N. America

From the glacial Winds of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, all the way to the Golf of Mexico, from Terre Neuve to the Louisiana, « Voyageur » finds his Franco American roots and travels in time. A docu-fiction filmed as an historical documentary, mixing past and present in a new narrative form, this 10,000 miles road movie, searches for a path in the past on the traces of the Nouvelle France in Northern America.

The character, a historian journalist dressed as a voyageur from the 17th century, becomes a “coureur des bois”, and retraces the steps of a 200 years odysey during his journey; he tells us the most extraordinary untold story about the French Presence in Northern America by walking the land.

Music, Strong characters and beautiful sceneries, 52 minutes of pure historical entertainment by talented film director Jean Dulon.


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Jean Dulon is a fascinating character, a grand Journalist and a talented film director.
In this journey, he cruises Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Quebec, searching for the traces of French cultures in these regions of Canada, on the footsteps of his previous film, “la Voie de la prairie” (The voice of the Meadow”), a  documentary about the disappearing  French language of these region of Canada, earlier known as the “meadow”, here it is :

Courtesy of Jean Dulon, Jimmy Leipold.

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Camden International Film Festival 2014 – Shadows and Sunlight

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Camden Maine, a tranquil, picturesque harbor in mid-coast Maine coast is « must » destination for any traveller. Meandering streets lead down to rustic piers where traditional schooners anchor, islands float on the distant horizon, and grand mansions proudly survey the Penobscot Bay.

Camden is an authentic quaint Maine village where fine dining, culture, and local color have found the perfect blend and any visitor would gladly pause and fall under it’s charm.

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I was consoled knowing that for the CIFF’s tenth year anniversary they had selected a wide variety of captivating documentaries from around the globe. The local founder of the festival, Ben Fowlie, was once again proud to have offered to his growing audience -over 7.500 attendees this year, a great variety of images spanning four continents.

With more than 70 films in competition, the CIFF has become a key event for filmmakers and professionals from the industry, to gather and exchange, to network, and discover new trends in the Documentary film making world. Telluride, Sundance, Sunnyside of the Docs, all are acclaimed International festivals, but none can boast the intimate family feel of CIFF. Nearly every screening I attended over the four day period was full with CIIF volunteers kindly turning away the latecomers. Emotions ran high, and laughter and tears drifting out of the cinemas was commonplace. Where else can you travel in less than four days, from Bugarat-France, to Isolete-Brazil, NYC, Libya, Buthan, Congo, Belgium, India, Vietnam, Mongolia…

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Leaving Camden, following the final festivities Sunday night, I was a changed person. I had cried with « Alive Inside », realizing the impact of Music on Alzheimer’s sufferers, I had travelled to Buthan following the life of future monk Peyanghi with « Happiness », I was intrigued by the media’s nonsense in covering the end of the world in Bugarach, impressed by the Unesco team’s courage in fighting against rebels in Congo with « Viranga », amused by « The Hermit » of North Pond, Maine, and filled with music from « The Rise of James Brown » biopic, the « Unlocking the Truth » musical story of Malcom and Jarad, along with the various live musical venues preceding many films during the festival.

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With over 12 countries represented, CIFF is an important place for professional filmmakers to meet their peers and develop opportunities through the various workshops and initiatives that Point North documentary forum organizes.

I became more aware of the complexity of American documentary filmmaking after attending the various workshops and masterclasses organized during the documentary film forum. As we sat during the various pitches of films in progress from dozens of filmmakers, I reflected on previous conferences I had attended in my past, addressing the complexity of international co-productions necessary for producers confronted with challenges of national budgets. These international projects are ambitious, demanding, and help cultivate new forms of writing, providing broadcasters with the best source of programs. CIFF helps that fragile equilibrium between the story of the doc, it’s audience, and provides resources to filmmakers to further their artful and ambitious projects.

The average budget of a documentary ranges from $ 300.000 to a million dollars and can be much higher for industry leaders. Some of the films screened during CIFF were produced with less than 50.000 dollars and could definitely hold a candle to the big players.

I often smile to myself when I interview the public following a screening, the reactions often being quite polar and realize how subjective film critiquing is. Following the 3 series of shorts that began every morning, a group of us would gather to discuss the films and no one opinion was shared.

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Comme toujours, the shorts were my favorites…an art form in itself.

Amused by the very serious topic of Alan Magee’s « Party line » commenting on the universally recognized fact of total surveillance, intrigued by the artistic approach of « The Murder Ballad of James Jones » by Jesse Kreitzer, Chicago’s blues man murder story, and emotionally impressed by the unavoidable identification of the docu-fiction « Notes of blindness » from Peter Middleton and James Spinney using images from John Hull’s diary as he grew blind.

 

 

 

 

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Sustainability and ecosystems were also represented with the wonderful « Seeds of Time » of Sandy MCLEOD and Bridget Bisaw’s « Growing local » helping us understand the ecosystems of the food industry and the vital importance of the battle to protect our food system.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lena Friedrich and Aitor Mendilibar, Director and producer of The Hermit :

MM : What do you think is your greatest challenge as a filmmaker?

Documentary filmmaking can be described as an infinite succession of challenges, from the early stages of development up through the final stages of promotion. But then, one shouldn’t be scared of challenges. The obstacles and limitations you encounter can be blessings in disguise for the film. So, I would say, the biggest challenge is to approach limitations as a source of creativity rather than a source of frustration. Good luck with that!

MM : What did you like / Dislike about CIFF ?

CIFF was stimulating, informative and really fun. I was thoroughly impressed by the program and the Points North forum.  And whether it’s because Camden is a small town festival or because of the programmer’s personalities, I found the atmosphere to be extremely friendly.  We met a ton of interesting people and it didn’t ever feel like networking. It felt more like being at a friend’s house, only this friend owns the biggest estate in the world and throws awesome screenings and parties.


Capture d’écran 2015-03-23 à 11.55.39The powerful « Alive inside », from Michael Rossato Bennet closed the festival and was the last screeening ever in the Baiview st cinema, , adressing the importance of Elder care and the fight against Alzheimer using music in nursing homes. One of the many films touring as part of the initiatives of « Aging in Maine », a new statewide CIFF program that presents documentary films to local communities.

The CIFF is one of the rare places in America where a young filmmaker from Europe, Africa, or Canada can come with a film or project, obscure or trendy, and there will be a captive, appreciative audience with professional feedback available from peers. Many young filmmakers shared the same opinion : « it’s fantastic to be here, to project ourselves in this world of story making using media, to learn little tricks and secrets from fellow filmmakers, talk to them after the films during the Q & A».

Perhaps next year, the festival will attract a greater diversity, Latino, African, Asian, filmmakers…even more color…the strength of any Documentary film festival relies on the diversity of it’s sources.

 

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A mariage to Remember , the second film of Banker White regarding (after the acclaimed The Genius of Marian), was a also a poignant short about the intimate family portrait that explores the heartbreak of Alzheimer’s disease. Filmed over 5 years the film follows his mother Pam’s decline and the challenges his father Ed, faces transitioning from primary partner to primary caregiver. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is a long and humbling experience. Ed is loyal husband with a strong sense of duty and these extraordinary qualities challenge his wellbeing as he devotes himself to his wife in this new and impossible situation. Interviews between father and son become opportunities to reflect and grieve and while also helping them connect through the most precious gift of all: our memories

 

 

 

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2014 Camden Internation Film Festival :

. Films submitted: over 600

. Films selected: nearly 70

. 150 filmmakers and industry leaders

. 12 countries represented

. Attendance of the festival this year: 7500+

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2014 awards :

. Harrell Award for Best Documentary : VIRUNGA by Orlando von Einsiedel

. Special Jury Mention : THE IRON MINISTRY J.P. Sniadecki’s

. Emerging Cinematic Vision Award : APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT by Amanda Rose Wilder

. Camden International Film Festival : WILD HOME by Jack and Robert Schurman

. Camden Cartel Award : THE LAST DAYS OF PETER BERGMANN by Ciaran Cassidy

. Camden Cartel Honorable Mention : SANTA CRUZ DEL ISLOTE by Luke Lorentzen

. Al Jazeera’s AJ pitch contest award : EMOTIONAL ROBOT by Jillian Schlesinger, Pettengill’s HALL OF THE EVENING STAR and Patel’s POWER GIRLS.

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. Points North Pitch Award and Modulus Funishing Fund : THE REAGAN YEARS by director Pacho Velez

The Jurys : Susan Margolin (President, Docurama), Banker White (Filmmaker, THE GENIUS OF MARIAN) and Cecily Pingree (Filmmaker, BETTING THE FARM), Gabriele Caroti (Director, BAMCinematek), Lyda Kuth (Executive Director, LEF Foundation) and Sam Morrill (Creative Relations Lead, Vimeo) awarded the Special Jury Mention to Jean-Francois Caissy’s GUIDELINES, Ann and Dick Costello, AJ+’s Jeff Seelbach, Tribeca Film Institute’s Ryan Harrington and filmmakers Margaret Brown and Rebecca Richman Cohen.

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Photo credits : Alban  & David Lyman – Courtesy of CIFF

Published in the Fall Edition of Movie Maker Magazine : 2014 Coolest Film Festivals

More info about the festival @  http://camdenfilmfest.org


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Old Time Music, Sweet Chariot Music and Art Festival

In this short clip, meet the most incredible Andy Woolf leading on Fiddle, The Young virtuoso Sam Amidon, The Pirate Bob Lucas on Banjo, Story Teller Frederick Park after he dropped his wash board lead a dance with Georgia Rose Armstrong Park, Chloe Manor and Susannah Armstrong Park, Reuel Parker on mandoline, Nick Appolonio on guitar along with Will brown, Beth Molaro clogging, Dean Stevens on the guitar, and the sweet chariot crew…A Surreal experience I hesitated to share for a long time, it’s been almost 15 years now…And we are old friends. 50,000 views on Youtube…let’s keep it secret…

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“The Blue walk of Portland, a Film and Art walkabout”- Portland, Maine 2014

A Blue trail walk in Portland, Maine,

through Art and light installations and

Vine projections on 15 buildings of the town.

Various sources :

http://www.cultcut.com/

A selection of 100 cultscenes to project on 3 walls of the city

Source :

http://www.youtube.com/user/DamfiknowsQuotes

Usine the Vine network :

Create an online Web Video internet.

Vine is a mobile service that lets you create and share short looping videos.
Videos you post on Vine appear on your profile and are shared with your followers.
You can also share them instantly to Facebook or Twitter.

We would project Vines in different categories on different walls, and one wall would be dedicated to Portland Vines, people could post them instantly and see them live !

Example of Vines :

https://vine.co/v/hTWQQZnX0D6

https://vine.co/v/hXFQqdFzMPW


https://vine.co/v/b3Y5rPUgvj3

https://vimeo.com/70922249

To be continued…

 

 

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“Artistime.fr”- Living Tableaux

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March 2013 : Projection of 3 films on the facade of the Abbey of Pontlevoy during the international Theatre Festival.

 ”The Artistime exhibition provides a means to travel in time and space, mentally and philosophically.” Nils Aziosmanoff – Director of the Cube, Interactive Digital exhibition space, Paris.

Artisitime is an Art exhibition revolving around the notion of time,  a collection of 100 films, lasting from 3 minutes to sometimes several hours, an invitation to reflect on the forever changing aspect of our environment and lives. Contrary to ordinary programming the films do not provide a storyline,  the viewer is entranced by nature’s simple rhythm in time, an acquiescence to a peaceful place.

Through Guided imagery and accompanied by ambient sounds of nature, original musical compositions, or pure silence, spectators are enticed to dream and reflect on their own thoughts. The complete films, an expression of dynamic art, are an invitation to relax, to reflect, and discover contemporary living tableaux.

Projecting images improves the aesthetic environment, encourages time travel, reduces anxiety levels and…entertains. Considered as “windows of tranquility”, a respite from today’s stressful society and much more, since the content and scope is vast and versatile. The projected images can shape and inspire very diverses environments ie; provide large scale works of Art, build or forge an identity and occupy a myriad of spaces, private or public; ie: Galeries, Cultural Centers, Hospitals, Airports, Stages, Restaurants, Offices, Homes…. Dreamscenes can also contribute to the healing process; ie: hospitals, doctor’s offices, laboratories, as they create an environment conducive to relaxation and provides a positive distraction and a perspective on the world.

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“The interaction between Images and sounds is one of the fascinating experience of this exhibition. An artistic important dimension. We were astounded to see the impact of the films on the visitors of the museum over time. People would come back several times, bring their families, and would stand sometimes more than 10 minutes in front of a sunrise, or one of Alban’s trasnformed dreamscene. “ Jean Paul Caley – Curator of the Museum of Vendome, France.

Peruse the web site of the exhibition : www.artistime.fr

 

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CINEMANTIK – ARCHIVES FILMS

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Cinemantik.com (or www.archivesfilms.com)  is a Multimedia Film Archive web site that we launched in 2013.

Fascinated by old footage, we are collecting films from around the world, and making it available to the WWW.

As a multimedia producer organ, we help multimedia project through an international network of film directors, photographs, producers that we are happy to share.

The archival film bank is available for any use for artistic pieces/projects or nationally, european or internationally broadcasted documentaries and programming.

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