This year has been full of new endeavor and exciting challenges. "The Wound and the Gift" is one of the hardest yet most rewarding projects among all. This is my first time getting involved in a movie production. From making key-frame storyboards to thinking in a four dimensional way, from creating animatable illustrations to working with the team as an animation art director, there were much to be learnt on the job.
"The Wound and the Gift" is a documentary which explores the relationship between animals and humans. An animated ancient fable about a wounded crane weaves together real life stories footages of rescued animals and their caretakers. When directorLinda Hoaglund emailed me about the project almost two years ago, I got very excited immediately as animals and animation are two of my absolutely favorites things.
It was clear that the project would be a very special one, as it’s pushing the boundaries of documentaries and exploring uncharted territories in film making. But it was also clear that the challenges would be just as great. Many great conversations were had on how the animation could be seamlessly tied into the life footages. Many late night oil was burnt to figure out the perfect metaphors and imageries. Many happy dances were done when Venessa Redgrave agreed to be our narrator…
2 year fast forward, “The Wound and the Gift” has just returned in glory from the Vancouver International Film Festival world premier. We’re thrilled that our New York Premiere will take place at theDOC NYCViewfinder film competition on Saturday, November 15th at 4:45PM at the SVA Theatre. Tickets are available now! There will be a Q&A with the director and myself afterward.
Tickets available online now, tell your friends! Looking forward to seeing you at the screening.
These awesomely altered neighborhood watch signs are the handiwork of Toronto, Ontario-based artist Andrew Lamb. The nondescript street signs have been posted around Toronto for years, which meant that everyone was so used to them they just blended into the scenery.
I walked by and thought those signs would be much better with a superhero up there. The first one was a splash page — a common thing in comic books, a bunch of superheros popping out at you. Then came Batman and Robin, RoboCop, Beverly Hills Cop, and then it snowballed.
Lamb’s superheroic enhancements are sure to get the signs noticed by upstanding citizens and potential criminals alike. Heck, we’d probably think twice about simply jaywalking if we thought Mister Rogers was watching.
Zun’s exhibition Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood will be on display at the BAND Gallery in Toronto, Canada until April 2, 2015. To see more of his images, follow @zunleephoto on Instagram.
The Father Figure project by Zun Lee (@zunleephoto) came about as the result of Zun’s examination of his own personal history, his desire to confront stereotypes and to show the reality of life for everyday dads. A Toronto-based healthcare consultant by trade, Zun uses photography to document the lives of African-American men and their children.
When he was in his mid-30s, Zun’s mother revealed that his biological father was an African-American man who had left when she was pregnant. Zun realized that the absence of his own biological father echoed society’s negative stereotypes. “There’s a lot of stereotypes about African-American men out there, and I guess I’m now becoming part of the narrative,” says Zun. “But at the same time, I know that the reality is a lot more complex. The motivation for me was to remember my childhood through this project, and to also say there’s a lot of focus in the media on the stereotype of the absent, deadbeat dad that doesn’t care. You see that everyday.”
Zun says there isn’t enough focus on the men that are actually there. “On the one hand, you have the negative stereotypes, and on the other hand, what is proposed as a counter image is usually the perfect magical African-American father,” Zun explains, referring to TV personalities or celebrity dads. “You have to wonder, if you are an African-American father, or father period, how realistic is it for you to have to aspire to those unattainable role models? That’s not really ever going to be your situation.”
So i can finally release the images from this editorial as it has been published by The Alchemist magazine (Book 3 of their September issue). It was shot way back in July, and expresses my view on the beauty & grace that goes with the art of dance
Perhaps you missed last night’s double book launch of Michael DeForge’sLose #6and Patrick Kyle’sDistance Mover, and Michael’s Contemporariesart show opening at Weird Things Gallery. Well don’t freak out! You can get Michael and Patrick’s books at finer booksellers just about everywhere, and the Contemporaries showis on for a month!