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Monday, July 16, 2018

Fence building prep

I couldn't move them in my new car but managed to fit six fence posts into William's car this afternoon. I still am not sure when I'll dig new holes, so I certainly don't want to commit in writing in this blog. 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Secret gardens

We missed a couple but visited the majority of the New Dance Horizon's Secret Garden Tour gardens. Mostly I look at structures and sculptures, but occasionally where or how plants are growing is interesting.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Meeting Margaret's cousin

Margaret was working but William and I managed to connect up with Margaret's cousin Karen's daughter Laura over coffee today. Laura is working in Saskatoon for the next couple of months so perhaps we'll see her again. Lots of talk about obscure things birds do. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

shopping, filmming, watching, gardening

Managed to get William out of bed and fed before noon so that we could meet up with Margaret at 12 to shop at Colin O'Brien's for clothes at their annual big sale. I don't think we walked away with as many items as last year, although we did spend as much. He has some new shirts and one pair of pants and I got some orange pants. There was a jacket which would have launched his game show host career but it didn't fit.
William and I got caught in a huge rainstorm while trying to shoot my Swampfest film this afternoon. I got about 80% of it done. My knee has been killing me but I thought it was better as we headed down the street to see a Fringe play. Fortunately I had a couple of seats free beside me so at the midway point when it was aching, I could put it up. Ice worked well after we went home so we ate quickly and headed to a second play, "Two Chairs and a Piece of Wood" by director Cameron Chomyn and performers Cole Nicolson and Andrew Parry. We first knew Cameron and Andrew and "Cam and Andy" or more often as "Biggy and Smalls" thought improv. They are brilliant and this play was certainly a high point in the day. It is a hilarious critique of the heartfelt tell-all performances. Highly recommended. Two more shows this weekend. On the way home we tried to go to one Secret Garden on the night tour but it was apparently a secret from the owners who had not planned on it being a night garden. We did catch one garden before dark though. More tomorrow probably.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

One Take Super 8 Event

This year's Super 8 event was a bit spooky in its content. Matt Ripplinger did a weird piece with mirrors and a woman who is sort of lost and fragmented; quite haunting. Mitch Doll's film seemed at first to be a nice study of a street fair but ended with a creepy voice of a child emitting from a sewer grate. Many others contained murders and macabre moments. Even mine, a study of a toy, did seem more uncanny than I anticipated. William's was very funny and the random lip sync was shockingly effective. There were less participants this year and the parking was impossible due to the night market and concert a half block away; and therefore the room was not sold out (probably 3/4 full). Still a really good event.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

co-hosting Geremy's radio show

Allan Dotson and I joined Geremy this week, in the absence of his other co-hosts, to talk for an hour about time travel films. It is called "Spoiler Alert" and is on CJTR Regina Community radio. The time went pretty quick, especially considering we did virtually no preparation for it. Afterwards we went to the AGR where Sean Whalley and Barbara Meneley opened their exhibition.

New "Lint" film finished

Put the finishing touches on a film I've been thinking about for twenty years and planning for the past two years.I It is the first (?) short sequel to "Life is Like Lint", a feature I took years to complete and screened very few times (premiered in 1999). The new film, "Overview (a life is like lint story)" is simultaneously my most meaningful and my most trivial film I've made in a while. If you are one of the few people to have seen "Lint", it might make some sense. If not, it makes less sense but is at least short. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

games in the rain

Allan was over for Cajun food but afterwards the house was too muggy to do much in. We took the "Love Letter" and "Story Cubes" games to Naked Bean and played as the thunderstorm rolled in. Surprisingly, the rain, while still falling as we left, didn't seem to cool the city down at all.