Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Check Out Our Recent Southern Circuit Audio Interviews

Audio Interview with Ben Russell
Ben Russell is an itinerant photographer, curator and experimental filmmaker whose works have screened in spaces ranging from 14th-century Belgian monasteries to 17th-century East India Trading Company buildings. A Guggenheim award recipient, Russell began the Magic Lantern screening series in Providence, Rhode Island. He has a BA from Brown University and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. His films have won awards at the Festival EntreVues in Belfort, France, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Silver Lake Film Festival, Milwaukee Underground Film Fest, Onion City Film Festival, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. His projects have received funding from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, the Forbes Fund, and the New England Moving Image Fund. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

The interview explores Ben Russell’s work in Bendekondre, Suriname, his beginnings as a filmmaker, his filmmaking techniques, and his “Four Experimental Ethnographies” which will be on the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers from November 3-14, 2008.

Audio Interview with Scott Chamberlin Hoyt
As founder of Tea Dragon Films, Scott Chamberlin Hoyt brings a wealth of experience to a film project about a ritual he has treasured since childhood – tea. His perspective is augmented by years of travel throughout the world and deepened by decades of exploration into Eastern thought. Hoyt is on the board of directors for Global Learning Across Borders, a member of the Directors Circle for the American Botanical Council and serves as President of the Tibetan Classics Translators Guild of New York. He holds both a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from NYU. “The Meaning of Tea” is his first feature film.

The interview explores Hoyt’s approach to the world’s second most popular beverage in “The Meaning of Tea” and the process of creating this visually stunning film. The recording also includes music from the film, including “Living Easy” by Eric Czar and Danna Rosenthal, “Marco Polo” by Loreena McKennitt, and “Tea, South Dakota,” “Tea Ceremony,” and “Atlas Mountain Mint” by Joel Duek & Eric Czar.