COLD HUDSON is a 7 hour slow film premiering at 12pm on WLIW21 on November 23, 2017, Thanksgiving day. COLD HUDSON follows the US Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon Bay on a 7 hour journey up the Hudson River, starting at West Point, travelling north on the river to Catskill, then back south to Rhinecliff, NY. The film is shot from the perspective of the captain and crew on the bow, and one static shot shows the real time progression of the ship as it cuts through cold waters. The USCGC Sturgeon Bay, a 140-foot Bay Class Cutter stationed at Governors Island, is used for breaking ice and rescuing ships caught in the frozen landscape that forms on the river each winter.
We will be in Miami starting tomorrow!
Saturday the 20th, Billy is hosting a workshop: Sound for the New Media Frontier.
This event is especially exciting because in addition to talking to participants about sound in interactive media projects, participants will contribute to an interactive exhibit that will be unveiled later in the week.
This observational, interactive exhibit explores our relationship with media and challenges how we consume content in a group setting. It is a collaboration between participants of the Sound for the New Media Frontier workshop and creative technologists. During the festival, filmmakers will explore Miami from a slow and aural perspective. This exhibit stitches together their films in a room designed for relaxation, conversation and creative production.
The complete project team for (DIS)LOCATE is Emily Ferrier, Billy Wirasnik, Joey Pitzo (Dev), Jeff Soyk (UI/UX). Art direction and building from Karmel Sabri and Gabriel Tillet.
Follow #everydayslo in January with our second featured artist:
Over the next month #everydayslo will feature a series of short vignettes and perspective shifting experiments with slow imagery by our good friend Matt Relstab. I love Matt's work for the way that it showcases that slow media and slow filmmaking does not always need to be documentary or 'real' in nature. It can be surreal, it can be beautiful and it can reveal something unique to each viewer when watching one place or one thing change slowly over time.
Reflections on #everydayslo 1
One of the goals of Slo.Media is to educate people, Americans in particular, about the ideas, concepts and potential for slow media in our culture and on our screens. While the Norwegians are pioneers in the space of slow tv, there are many other ways for media, all forms of media, to slow down.
To that end, we asked out first artist contributor, Elaine McMillion Sheldon what she learned, if anything, about what slowness in media looks like.
Sheldon used #everydayslo to follow the people she met while filming a larger documentary piece almost three years ago. She went back through her footage to find moments that did not find their way into her documentary, HOLLOW, but that were part of the story. Over 20 days, we met many residents of McDowell County, West Virginia as they lived the summer of 2012. In telling us about them, she let us in on some of the more personal aspects of producing an intimate storytelling piece like HOLLOW.
Elaine is currently in West Virginia, and has a borderline unhealthy obsession with fog. Typically, she'll film for 20 or 30 seconds, but two weeks ago when she saw fog rising in the mountains, she decided to let the camera roll for six minutes. That decision was a direct result of her experience working with the slow platform.
So much can happen in those 6 minutes. Here is one minute of that recording, now included in the ongoing series 1 minute in Appalachia
We're excited to announce our first contributing artist for #everydayslo:
Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Beginning today through the end of the month, Slo.Media will be featuring the Peabody award winning West Virginian filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon, who will take us on a journey to the most southern part of her home state, McDowell County. This county was the setting for her breakthrough interactive documentary ‘Hollow’, which examined the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of Appalachians. In her run on Everyday Slo she’ll reveal a more personal look at her stay in McDowell County in 2012 while filming Hollow.
Follow us on Instagram to watch this slow story unfold.
To immerse yourself in her mind, her work, and the complicated, interesting, inspiring, confusing, beautiful McDowell County, check out the award winning HOLLOW Documentary.
Elaine is also a producer for Slo.Media's larger production and outreach efforts. Connect with bio over here.