Ephemera (for RM Vaughan)

Here’s a short film I made recently in memory of R.M. Vaughan, poet/writer/filmmaker/visual artist/critic/collaborator.

Richard Vaughan and I made twelve (I think) short films in the 90’s in Toronto. Many of them shot on Super 8, the first ones edited on analogue at Trinity Square Video, some of the Super 8’s edited in camera. Lots of times we’d recruit Laura Cowell on camera, and sometimes Roy Mitchell. There was one we made for Splice This! Festival where I did the audio and Richard shot the footage and only at the screening did we see it come together for the first time.

Richard was great at initiating projects and, through his vast and ever-growing circle of friends and colleagues, finding opportunities to screen our work. He’d hand me a poem and give me a deadline. At the time, a lot of it seemed random and rushed, but looking back I cherish the ephemeral nature of it, the ease, and having someone who wanted to make things with me. I was never quite sure why he chose me to work with and, to be honest, I don’t know why we stopped.

When I found out he’d died, I went to look through my box of our films and tapes. So much of it needs attention – mini DV tapes and BETACAM SP and VHS copies. And then there were loads of Super 8 reels that I started feeding through my projector. Some of them were originals of our films, some were reels from other projects – I even found some footage from my parents honeymoon. I was hoping to find some forgotten outtakes with Richard appearing, a bonus surprise incarnation that would counter the loss of his real self. Nothing like that was there, in fact there was no footage of Richard at all. I was the actor, the ham, the drag queen. His voice, reciting or singing, accompanied on the soundtracks.

There was a reel of footage I remember shooting but have no idea why, footage of Toronto, lingering shots of cute boys, faces of passersby full of intention, going somewhere or going nowhere. I shot the projection on my phone and started editing, adding words that popped into my head that express, in an abstract, RM Vaughan poetic kind of way, my scattered, shattered feelings.

flow2

flow2 film & music by machtman

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#ontheroadagain

i’ve been lucky to travel far & wide
in my various guises and roles
over the past few years

turns out i like to take pictures of water & birds
& bridges

ahoy to fellow travellers!

the shots, in order of appearance:

sky over vestfjorden, norway
river nene, northampton, uk
river alde, orford, uk
jogjakarta, indonesia
river alde, orford, uk
norweigan sea, vestvågøy, norway
jacques cartier bridge, montreal, canada
river nene, northampton, uk
norweigan sea, vestvågøy, norway
sky over vestfjorden, norway
jogjakarta, indonesia
river alde, orford, uk
ratcliffe on soar, uk
river thames, london, uk
river thames, london, uk
river thames, london, uk
river thames, london, uk
moscva river, moscow, russia
english channel, bridport, uk
river thames, london, uk
river thames, london, uk
decarie expressway, montreal, canada
lambeth, london, uk
lambeth, london, uk
river thames, london, uk
river avon, bristol, ukriver nene, northampton, uk
river avon, bristol, uk
clifton suspension bridge, bristol, uk
river avon, bristol, uk
serpentine, london, uk
river thames, london uk
mediterranean sea, malaga, spain
mediterranean sea, malaga, spain
river thames, london uk
norweigan sea, vestvågøy, norway
mediterranean sea, malaga, spain

Watch Awake online

A white woman holding a cigarette shares a laugh with a black woman at the kitchen table.
Alex Bulmer and Margo Cargill in Awake

If you’re within the UK, you can watch Awake, starring Alex Bulmer and Margo Cargill, online for free. It’s available on BFI player as part of their groundbreaking new collection Disabled Britain on Film. And while you’re there, check out the cornucopia of other great films – narratives, docs and historical material, captioned and audio described.

Follow this link: Awake on BFI player

Jogja 3 and beyond

More photos from Yogyakarta and the area around (and coastline Indian Ocean beaches of) Wonosari.

 

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Jogja 2

2nd set of photos from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Sept-Oct 2017.

 

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I’m selecting these photos as I go through them chronologically, with the perspective of a few months distance.  In my mind, they speak for themselves, so I’ve avoided captions unless I can think of something to say that the photo doesn’t already tell you. But if you have questions, fire away!

If you’re using a screenreader, please go to my PHOTOS page to access the alt-text for these photos. And go there as well if you want to see all the Jogja/Indonesia photos I’ve posted to date.

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A Wider Angle: the evolution and future of disability film festivals – Disability Arts International

Kate Lovell interviewed me for this article on Deaf and disability film festivals. Lots of food for thought.

Source: A Wider Angle: the evolution and future of disability film festivals – Disability Arts International