BLAST BEATS: Phase Three - on the road >>> turned FEATURE FILM ...
THE IMPOSSIBLE BLUE ROSE
BLAST BEATS: Phase Three began with traveling and the idea of moving toward points of research, that being the people and places that could contribute to a cultural study and visual story on the subject of drumming. When I left Canada in December 2012, I intended to challenge my creative process with an unchartered course of travel across the U.S.A. while shifting my methodologies for creation by breaking down an obsession with controlling the outcome of a project. I wanted to put faith in my experiences and in my ability to develop relationships, collaborate, and make work within a wide range of contexts. The goal was to take this period of self-directed and self-funded study to build a body of multi-disciplinary work i.e. installations, performances, sounds, characters, costumes, etc. that form a narrative culminating in a larger film. I planned for the project // film to be informed by the people and places I encountered throughout my travels. The narrative would revolve around drum-related research, namely exploring the role of a solo contemporary female drummer/artist making work on the road outside the context of the gallery or rock stage. The result of the collected research, interviews and stories has informed multiple visual components including costumes, sculptures/props, installations, sounds, music and performance elements that have been collected for the project and film. There are currently eight solid chapters and performances that have been developed for this film. These chapters serve to document a story and process of trusting one’s practice, the act of traversing landscapes and communities, and ongoing collaboration with artists, musicians, drummers and larger groups of people.
The film - THE IMPOSSIBLE BLUE ROSE - explores the term docufiction, which may be defined as an exploration of reality as it is, while injecting unreal elements or fictional situations into the narrative as to strengthen a representation of reality by using other forms of artistic expression. Within my film, these expressions expose the crossing of mediums and artistic disciplines, specifically the fields of painting, sculpture, performance, theatre, writing, directing, filming, shooting, editing, sound and genres of music. The boundaries of their definitions are placed into question as sculptures and site-specific installations become props and sets, and as live performances are captured on film as acted scenes // chapters. Spaces where chapters and installations unfold have been donated along the road and they are shifted into theatrically lit dream worlds informed by surrounding cultures and communities of people. They reflect real encounters and stories that are told through a fictionalized lens.
There are currently 8 chapters within the film: ROOM 95 (Los Angeles, CA), trans DEATH (Death Valley, CA) LOVE LETTERS (Fairfield, IA), HARANA (Vancouver,BC), PARADISE CITY (Windsor, ON), Greysville (Middle Sackville, NS), SIRENS (Winnipeg, MB) and Ballad Bay (Woody Point, NL).
There are also 4 asides:
A Love Song Intermission - BEDROOM OF TRUE LOVE
A Video Lecture - BLUE in THE IMPOSSIBLE BLUE ROSE
A Breaking Point Video - Desperation Sucks
A Prologue Finale Video - HORIZON
CHAPTER IX - THE END - was recently shot in Kailua, Hawaii. The final feature film is currently being constructed for premiere in the Fall of 2016.