Arbor Alma (‘The Giving Tree’) is a four-minute film that explores the possibility that identity can be formed out of a dialogue between people and how they understand their environment, in particular the role of trees. Viewers are encouraged to reflect on their own relationship with trees and challenged to take notice of the "invisible" forest around them - the trees that are everywhere in the city but are often barely noticed.
The film includes a montage of images - photographs and footage of Canadian urban green spaces as well as displaying iconic forests and trees painted by the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson held in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The natural beauty of our urban trees and forests is highlighted in the movie. The footage, paintings and stills are accompanied by unique musical compositions and contemporary digital photography that are composed as “tree portraiture” and reflect on the importance of trees in our lives. More
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Follow director John Bessai as he leads us through
the world of contemporary museums with world renowned
museum planners Gail and Barry Lord. The Lords are
not your typical
museum experts. They are transforming museums for
the 21st century, dusting off their image as stale
of rarified objects and injecting them with identity
Museum Maestros takes us behind the scenes to The World
Trade Center Memorial in New York City, the Museum of
African Diaspora in San Francisco, and the Canadian Museum
for Human Rights in Winnipeg to show us the Lord's unique
approach to museum creation.
Look for upcoming broadcasts on Bravo!,
Canadian Learning Television, Saskatchewan Communications
Network and the Knowledge Network in British Columbia.
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SAINTE-MARIE: A MULTIMEDIA LIFE
Featuring interviews with Buffy, Joni Mitchell, Robbie
Robertson, Randy Bachman, Bill Cosby, Taj Mahal, and
John Kay, this intimate portrait weaves current performance
and archival footage with visits to Buffy’s home in Hawaii
and her family’s reserve in Saskatchewan to bring Buffy’s
extraordinary life story to screen for the first time.
Buffy burst onto the Greenwich Village folk music scene
in the early 1960s and throughout her life blazed a groundbreaking
path. This is a colourful 40-year retrospective of a multi-faceted
artist whose powerful career turned her into a Native
American icon and an Oscar award wining songwriter who
built a bridge of understanding between her two worlds.
Look for broadcasts on Bravo!, the Aboriginal Peoples
Television Network, Saskatchewan Communications Network,
the Knowledge Network in British Columbia, and The Canadian Biography Channel.
Purchase DVD with Buffy's new CD Running for the Drum.
FIELD TO STUDIO: THE
ART OF PAUL KANE
This two-disc DVD package tells the story of Paul
an artist whose travels along the
Hudson's Bay Company’s fur trading route in the
mid-1800's brought him face to face with First
Nations and Métis cultures at a crucial turning
point in North American history. Kane
documented his years of adventure by sketching, painting
notes and later producing a large
quantity of romanticized oil paintings and a travelogue.
It is the dichotomy between Kane’s
authentic fieldwork and his romanticized studio imagery
and published book that makes
him a fascinating character to explore using the DVD’s
interactive features. More
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