Category Archives: Giant Adventures

Story Doula is Taking a Lengthy Blogging Sabbatical

Thanks for your interest. I’ll be living life offline for awhile.

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Kakuma Refugee Films – Flour Power

Oh my – we are getting some amazing images for our 5 Commitments films in Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwest Kenya.  Check out this beauty that photog Steven Stauffer captured during our food distribution film shoot today:

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Into the Window – Adventures with Icons

“Into the Window” is a new Eastern Mennonite University art exhibit featuring EMU professor Jerry Holsopple’s icon writing and multimedia presentations. The show opens Saturday, December 4th at 4PM in our brand new Margaret Martin Gehman Art Gallery. Jerry spent the 2009-2010, academic year as a Fulbright scholar in Lithuania teaching photography, film and culture and religious studies at LCC International University. He also studied the traditional art of icon writing with a Russian Orthodox priest. Jerry came to the experience with no studio art background – and thus began a year-long adventure in faith, creativity and trust.

Below is Visual and Communication Arts student Kelby Miller’s video piece called “Perspective”  which depicts Jerry’s process of writing icons.

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Q2 – a Site Specific Dance Event in Maine

Here is what I did with my summer vacation – the lovely and amazing choreographer Alison Chase staged a site specific dance event called Q2 in a Maine quarry and I was fortunate to film it with student/photographer/editors Steven Stauffer and Praveen Chhetri. The project is about how people and nature meet, conflict and maybe, eventually co-exist.

Alison is brilliant at pairing professional dancers with community members, puppeteers, musicians and even an excavator to create a truly magical experience. More follows later this year – we are working on a mini documentary as well. Enjoy!

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The Giant as Video Artist

Excited!  Today is the opening reception (4-6pm) for EMU Visual and Communication Arts faculty show at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, VA.  After years (okay decades) of broadcast and internet-based pieces – my digital media has migrated to a video frame on the wall of an art gallery.

If you come by today you’ll get to check out this piece titled Expand Everything. Experiment Everything:  

Here’s what Cyndi Gusler is showing:

Cyndi Gusler, VaCA Faculty

These crafty madonnas are Barbara Faust’s:

Barbara Faust, VaCA Faculty

Introducing Jerry Holsopple:

Jerry Holsopple, VaCA Faculty

And here’s one of Steve Johnson’s pieces:

Steve Johnson, VaCA Faculty

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Story of the Quarry – A Dance Project in Maine

Off to Deer Isle, Maine this weekend to work with the magical choreographer Alison Chase, the founding artistic director of Pilobolus Dance Theater who heads Apogee Arts.

Chase is staging her community dance project called Quarryography – a performance about what happens in a quarry when no one is looking. Professional dancers team with community members, a performing excavator and flying sculptures to create a unique and beautiful experience staged in a local quarry.

Choreographer and puppeteer Mia Kanazawa collaborates with her puppet and costume designs.  I’ll be filming with 2 EMU students and we’ll create a variety of pieces to document the event. Check out the 3-minute video I created in collaboration with director David Norman from Alison’s premiere of this project in 2007.

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Spokes – The Biking Movie

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A 30-minute movie in 6 parts.

A group of Harrisonburg, VA citizens/advocates/city employees/educators travels to Davis CA to study bike culture and bond with the generous Davisoise. A rollicking adventure ensues.

Find the blog here: harrisonburgdavisbiketrip.blogspot.com/

Part 1/6 – The group prepares to leave for CA:

Part 2/6 – The group arrives and receives an amazing introduction to Davis bike infrastructure.

Part 3/6 – Picking fruit and bike cops

Part 4/6 – The Pepper Peddler and Community Council

Part 5/6 – Pot Luck!

Part 6/6 – San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge

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