We wouldn’t call our festival avant garde, but Fresh Coast does appreciate an artist and their talents. Check out these films spotlighting the creators of our time.
Rhode Island artist Tom Deininger shares his perspectives on some big themes and how his anxieties and fears about human consumption and plastic waste create the foundation of his medium for artistic expression. His art has so many layers of social commentary and this film explores the depths of these microcosmic hot-glued havens of hedonism in order to confront this perverse plastic waste challenge that humanity – us included – needs to stop ignoring.
Sometimes the greatest risk is to not follow your passion. Part pilot, part artist, this is the story of Chris Dahl-Bredine who built an experimental aircraft in his garage to help immerse himself in the landscapes he loves. For Chris the ‘ultralight trike’ isn’t just a tool for exploration, it’s a way of filtering a complicated world. Through his camera Chris has been able to bring us visions of earth seldom seen by way of aircraft or helicopter.
In the short film, The Mystery of Now, artist and Apache Skateboards founder, Douglas Miles shares socio-political context around the history that lead to life on the San Carlos Apache reservation, and the personal history of how and why he started a skateboard brand and team of local youth leaders. His advice on cultivating resilience, creativity, and joy, provides guidance in a time that for many feels uncertain, polarizing and divisive in our living rooms and around our dinner tables.
Filmmaker in Attendance
Photographer Richard Bellia travels from France to the U.S. to photograph the 2017 eclipse from the Illinois countryside. This short film reflects on the creation of images and the passion that drives their making.
Nature has a rhythm – it just takes one to tune into it. Jess Kilroy – musician, climber, and conservationist – travels to wilderness areas around the West creating music from the natural sounds she finds there, with the goal of sparking people’s love for these wild lands. Creek Sessions follows Jess on a sensory journey to create music in Utah’s Indian Creek, reminding us that wild places are worth protecting not simply for their landscapes, but for their soundscapes too.
Artists find a unique way to raise awareness about plastic waste.
Zoe Keller is a graphite artist creating large-scale, highly detailed drawings. Using the traditions of scientific illustration, she weaves complex visual narratives about at-risk species and wild places. Collapsing Time takes a look at the motivations behind her work. Made by production company Person People.
For the past 20 years, Australian photographer Nick Moir has been chasing weather systems throughout the world. Nick journeys through the famous Tornado alley that stretches through the American Midwest that produces catastrophic yet beautiful storms that earn the appropriate nickname, monsters on the plains.
Zuni farmer and museum director Jim Enote is rethinking map-making. After all, who’s to say that north has to be at the top, geographic features must be to scale or roads have to appear at all? Through his Zuni Map Art Project, he works with Zuni artists to create maps that convey stories of place, heritage and history — helping them reclaim the stories of their lands. The results are both beautiful and profound. “We limit ourselves if we think of maps as only two-dimensional,” he says. “There are maps in songs, and in prayers, there are maps that are etched into stone, woven into textiles and painted on ceramics.”