Sunday, April 15, 2012

Fairchild Chapel Shoot

On Saturday, April 7th, Art+Practice completed Episode #10 of The Amerikans at Fairchild Chapel, in Oberlin, Ohio, with the help of 19 students who sang Ubi caritas from Quatre Motets sur des Thèmes Grégoriens by Maurice Duruflé. The collaboration was made possible thanks to Lydia Lane Stout (OC ’12), the choir's director. Other students involved include Eli Stine (sound designer) and production assistants Erin Amlicke, Ben Tobin and Gabe Freed. Episode #10, titled Human Paint Brush, features Don Matis, an artist from Hudson, Ohio, who makes paintings with his beard. The episode will premier on May 17th at Summit Artspace in Akron, Ohio.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Visit with Parnell Necklace

Jeffrey Pence & Parnell Necklace
On Sunday, March 25th, Art+Practice met with Parnell Necklace (Wanapin Gagà Hoksina) of the Ihanktonwan Nakota (Yankton Sioux). Parnell is a drum maker and the founder of Iron Necklace: a group of musicians and artists who tour the US, entertaining audiences and educating people about traditional Nakota culture. Art+Practice has asked Iron Necklace to drum and sing on an audio track for AMERIKA: a notebook in three parts, which is being scored by Ryan Lester. Parnell grew up in Yankton, South Dakota. He now lives in Peebles, Ohio.

The Four Horsemen

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On Sunday, March 18th, Art+Practice completed test footage for its first feature film, AMERIKA: a notebook in three parts. The production brought together the Art+Practice crew, four students from Oberlin College, and cast members from the surrounding communities of Wakeman, Vermillion, and Medina, Ohio. We would especially like to thank Bob Davis (Ranger and Park Manager) and Aaron Harple (Park Service Tech) for making this shoot possible. We would also like to thank Edison Woods Metropark, in Berlin Heights, Ohio, for generously allowing us to shoot in the park. Photos by Jennifer Ray and Grace Lu.