May 20, 2017

In the Stillness of the Japanese Garden at Lotusland

While the Japanese Garden at Ganna Walska Lotusland is undergoing extenstive renovation, our film What Green Altar captures Monica Meilin Ford when the old garden whispered secrets from stones in a magic world of green repose with a luminous reflecting pond that forgot nothing. The beautiful stills are by cinematographer and editor Nik Blaskovich.

May 18, 2017

Monica with the Lotus Garden in Full Bloom and Glory

While at work editing What Green Altar with cinematographer Nik Blaskovich, these images continue to astonish. Lotusland is a sacred spot when the lotus flowers bloom. Madame Ganna Walska created a breathtaking garden, a place to dream, an oasis of calm and luxe, bloom and meditation. Here dancer Monica Meilin Ford floats in a pink paradise of otherwordly beauty that takes your breath away.

May 7, 2017

In the Theater Garden at Lotusland for What Green Altar

The title of the dance film Nik Blaskovich and I are editing comes from John Keat's sublime "Ode on a Grecian Urn." Set in the perfect theater garden Madame Ganna Walska designed at her fabled Lotusland, Monica Meilin Ford cavorts in true preclassical style as you can see in these stills by Nik who was also our cinematographer. It feels perfect to be editing during the month of May when the very air is perfumed green:

Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness,

Thou foster-child of silence and slow time,

Sylvan historian, who canst thus express

A flowery tale more sweetly than our

rhyme:

What leaf-fring'd legends haunts about thy shape

of deities or mortals, or of both,

In Tempe or the dales of Arcady?",,,,,

May 5, 2017

Blue Meadow

These beautiful stills are by cinematographer/editor Catherine Bennett from our film Blue Meadow that premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in a  magical multi-screen installation. Cybil Gilberston is the dancer who was the very embodiment of bloom.

May 3, 2017

That Draw of the Dunes

The images are as idelible as the memory remains of filming Reign of Dreams at Guadalupe Dunes with dancers Cybil Gilbertson, Lexi Pearl and Erika Kloumann Montesano.  Cinematographer Tarrl Morley, editor Charlene Huston, costume and makeup designer Marlene Mason and photographer  Adrienne Davis were all there that day to make a film in biting temps and windy climes. It was a day out of time.

Apr 30, 2017

Drawings from the Dance on Camera Mentorship

Ceilidh Birkhahn was one of my multi-talented students from the 2016 Dance on Camera Teen Arts Mentorship sponsored by the Santa Barbara Arts Fund. She is a dancer, budding filmmaker, musician and artist who has taken numerous classes offered by the Arts Fund. She drew this portrait series of the dancers as they prepared for our two short films, a charming way to remember a magical time.

Apr 29, 2017

Dance Day Rehearsals for Totems of the Moon

Really fitting that today is National Dance Day and Bonnie Crotzer stopped by before her return to New York City to continue working on her solo for the SFMAF.

Apr 28, 2017

What Green Altar

In

Edit session with cinematographer Nik Blaskovich to create a dance short and video installation from  luminous footage of Monica Meilin at Ganna Walska Lotusland. Such fleeting moments we have on this green earth so why not dance?

Apr 19, 2017

April Rehearsal With Bonnie

When Bonnie Crotzer visits from NYC, we often go into the studio to make a new dance. Here is a  first look at some emerging work that seems as mysterious as its intended location.... the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral for next winter's San Francisco Movement Arts Festival produced by our favorite impresario Jim Tobin. Right now the working title is Totems of the Moon.

Apr 15, 2017

Twitterpated with Totem SB at the Rose Garden

It was a glorious day at the Mission Rose Garden for a playdate with Totem SB, my first time working with this vibrant arts cooperative. The scent of the roses wafted over us in varied lush perfumes as brides and grooms were married and a proposal unfolded to cheers from hidden friends. We pondered fertilization, bloom, thorns and decay. We played statue maker, red light green light as bounding animals and listened with our feet to the lessons of the rose, present to the green grass, trees and life unfolding. Thank you Jenna Tico for inviting me to be an advisor to an amazing tribe of life poets.  Jenna named the day Twitterpated after Disney animation of fools for love in spring.