GLEN ROSA: THE LIFE AND ART OF KEITH SALMON
Most of the film has already been shot. The film was an extension of a short film that was produced for and theatrically debuted in 2013 at the Fragile Festival in Tallinn Estonia.
Since the initial production, Dan has returned to Scotland three times to work with Keith on the project. This culminated in 15 days of shooting in December 2014 documenting Keith’s large mural project at the Harbour Arts Centre in western Scotland. There is one more set of shots to be gathered in September of 2015 when the Mural is moved across the water to Scotland’s Arran Island for its first public viewing since being publicly created in late 2014-early 2015. The mural is based on a view of Arran Island’s famous Glen Rosa landscape and will be publicly installed at the Arran Island Distillery Art Gallery for three months.
“Glen Rosa” documents the arc of Keith Salmon’s life as a painter after the onset of diabetic retinopathy began to affect Keith’s sight nearly fifteen years ago. Since then his career, a combination of unfailing dedication and a capacity for innovative practice has allowed Keith to continue to imaginatively render the Scottish landscape at a prolific rate and to wide critical acclaim. A 2009 winner of the prestigious Jolomo Award, Keith paints exclusively Scottish landscapes in an evocative, abstract and original style.
The film narrative follows Keith’s drawing of a large landscape mural of the Arran Isle’s Glen Rosa at the Irvine Harbour Arts Center over eight weeks in late 2014/early 2015. While documenting this ambitious work, the film will interweave Keith’s challenges as both a visually impaired hill walker and as an artist. It will document both the inspirational nature of the Scottish landscape that Keith passionately loves and his own unique approach in painting it. The film will be visually rich in both painted textures on-screen and the corresponding vistas and vignettes of Scotland’s wild and expansive landscape.
Along with extensive interviews with Keith Salmon the film also features interviews with noted Scottish painter John Lowrie Morrison, Gallery on the Corner (Edinburgh) curators Suzie Anderson and Paul Penrice, Sculptor Anita Groves, noted visually impaired Scottish outdoor adventurer Norma Davidson and Dr. Andrew Blaikie lead for Children’s eye services in NHS Fife and co-lead of the National Managed Clinical Network for children with visual impairment.
We hope to distribute this film via broadcast in the UK on BBC, through theatrical via Tugg and through streaming on Seed & Spark and our film’s channel on Vimeo.