Local RDC instructors unveil new film project

Red Deer College film instructors Larry Reese and James Wilson are ready to unveil their highly-anticipated film that offers an up-close look at the the creative process.

Mapping Creativity premiers Oct. 28 at the Arts Centre. Showtime is 8 p.m.

It will be screened after an art show reception and fundraiser called ‘Creativity’ in the Arts Centre Lobby starting at 7 p.m. In collaboration with the Motion Picture Arts and the Visual Art departments, ‘Creativity’ includes works by various artists who appear in the film. Proceeds will raise money for the two departments.

“We’re excited and nervous,” says Reese of how he and Wilson are feeling these days prior to the screening. “This has been two years in the making, and the concept was actually born two and one-half years ago.”

The guys note that what was really exciting was how much in the way of artistic creativity remains untapped – right here in the local region.

“The more we looked into it, the more we could see potential people we could have interviewed. That list just seemed to grow.”

The film also follows Reese’s own creative journey as he produced three stunning paintings during that period as well. One of them, the beautifully-rendered Guardians of the Sleeping Duck, was mounted at RDC in the Centre for Visual Art last spring. The painting’s formation is the thread that runs through the documentary as well.

Last year, Reese also featured an exhibit of exquisite examples of his work at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery called ‘Mapping Creativity – a Journey of Transformations’. The film project was underway at the time but as Wilson and Reese chatted with acclaimed artists from musicians to visual masters, it became clear the project had to be longer.

They went on to explore the creative process through interviews with artists including Jazz great PJ Perry, blues impresario and radio host Holger Petersen and film legend Fil Fraser. Shaun Johnston of CBC’s Heartland, local painter David More and Jean Grand-Maitre, the artistic director of Alberta Ballet also share their insights on the creative process.

The concept for the film itself surfaced simply enough.

“The idea came to me while staring at a blank canvas,” said Reese. “I was feeling overwhelmed and thinking of the number of times I have had similar feelings over the last 25 years when it came to working on a role as an actor, or on a piece of music as a musician or on a screenplay as a director.”

Reese and Wilson interviewed Alberta actors, musicians, filmmakers and painters for the feature film that began as a short film three years ago.

Altogether, there was about 20 hours of film shot which of course had to be edited down to the film’s current length. It’s never an easy process, but as Reese said, hopefully the full-length interviews can be made available online down the road.

Ultimately, Wilson and Reese want the film to be used primarily as a teaching tool, and of course to inspire viewers and students. It’s a unique project in that it’s not often folks are taken ‘behind the scenes’ in the artistic process.

Most, of course, simply see the finished product. Mapping Creativity opens a rich world of how things grow from a spark of inspiration to the realization of its development.

“I have a lot of friends who are extremely creative people and are well established in their careers in the arts in Alberta,” said Reese.

“I also have a lot of students who are seeking the same. A film seemed to be a wonderful vehicle to collect the insights of the professionals to share and hopefully inspire those with an interest in expressing their own brand of artistic creativity.”

The film does carry a language advisory.

editor@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Red Deer’s newest outdoor ice facility opens to the public this week

The speed skating oval at Setters Place at Great Chief Park will be open Dec. 17th

Yellow Vests protestors take to Red Deer streets

Trudeau government’s immigration and oil industry policies denounced at rally

Rebels lose to Medicine Hat Tigers, 4-1

Tigers break Rebels’ three-game winning streak

Exhibition explores the rich history and culture of Métis people

The exhibition is on display from Dec. 15th to March 10th at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship host sites announced

A total of 39 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

Todd Hickling gathered donations and used gear to remove the cost barrier for kids to play hockey.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor Sunday

‘They’re coming:’ Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035

World Sikh Organization demands Canada prove Sikh extremism is a threat

Sikh community says this is first time such extremism has been mentioned in federal terror-threat assessment

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Most Read