This week’s episode is a conversation with filmmakers / artists Heidi Phillips and Rhayne Vermette, in town from Winnipeg working on a variety of projects, and they’re also facilitating a workshop at paved this upcoming weekend. I think this may be one of my more enjoyable conversations in a while on the A Word. I don’t say this to disrespect past guests, but where else can we talk about history and photography and other more “intellectual” issues, and also talk about the inherent problems of filming Great Expectations with an all feline cast?
You can listen to this week’s show here. And the image below is from Heidi Phillips.
Now, something else I promised I’d mention, since we’ve got a theme of female filmmakers on this weeks’ show, is the campaign that Thirza Cuthand is doing to help pay for her graduate degree. Here’s a link to her GoFundMe campaign. Thirza has made some of the more engaging video works I’ve seen, often dealing with issues of identity as manifest within race, gender and orientation, and considering the salaries that are paid to others in academic spaces whom seem to see their roles as prophylactics to any ideas of relevance or creativity, you should send this artist some money.
Thirza Cuthand is a Cree Lesbian Video Artist who was accepted to do her Masters at Ryerson in Media Production. Like a lot of Status First Nations people, she had a slim chance at being funded by her reserve, Little Pine. Unfortunately since post secondary funding for status First Nations was capped in the 80′s, less and less eligible applicants actually receive funding. Thirza ended up being 9th on the waiting list for funds, and is now in the position of trying to pay for books and living on her own. She’s applied for student loans but is unsure she is eligible for it since she was unable to pay back a small student loan from one summer session in 2001. She is now maintaining a gofundme campaign and hoping to keep afloat for the fall semester, with the possibility that in January funds will become available for her schooling.
That’s all for this week, though I will be adding a review (that will also run in Planet S) of Mary Longman’s billboard project on 20th in the next week or so. My review of Troy Gronsdahl’s curatorial project Sympathetic Magic can also be seen at Magenta Magazine, and my long overdue piece on ReWilding Modernity will be running in this Fall’s Hamilton Arts and Letters.