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Jun 1, 2016 5:25 EST

Experimental Film Virginia Artist Residency and Festival ’16 brings together artists from ALL disciplines to make short films and explore the interface of movement, sound and location.

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 1, 2016

Experimental Film Virginia Artist Residency and Festival ’16

 

 

 

 

Small Town, Big Art | Dance-inspired Short Films created by Local & International Artists | Weekend Festival Art Events for the Public

 

 

About this project

Experimental Film Virginia brings together artists from ALL disciplines (dance, film, theatre, sound design, music, visual arts) to make short films and explore the interface of movement, sound and location. This all happens in a little town on the Eastern Shore, part of theHampton Roads Community in Tidewater, Virginia.

Jenna Liberati, New York-based dancer and actress performs on set in Cape Charles for Jennifer Keller's "Ferry".
Jenna Liberati, New York-based dancer and actress performs on set in Cape Charles for Jennifer Keller’s “Ferry”.

EFV will happen for the 4th time in 2016, in Cape Charles, Virginia, with satellite events in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Richmond, New York and beyond. During the two-week filmmaking artist residency, our art-soaked weekends offer live performance and music to celebrate this “glocal” gathering and bring artists and audiences together.

Donate today and plan to come to this unique, intimate, homegrown festival which welcomes art aficionados, vacationers, families and couples for high quality art in a relaxed, fun setting in this coastal beach town full of history and charm. 

The event is run by GEAR, Global Exchange Arts Roundtable, Inc, a non-profit dedicated to bringing the experience of movement (dance) into other art forms and connecting small towns to metropolitan areas through innovative programming for artists and audiences. 

The dancers on the set of Mark Atkinson's "We Are Done" in 2014.
The dancers on the set of Mark Atkinson’s “We Are Done” in 2014.

What EFV Does:

  • We host a two-week, trans-disciplinary artist residency for over 50 artists 
  • We create Virginia-made films and bring them to international audiences
  • We work with the screen from an interdisciplinary approach, combining dance, film, music, sound design, visual arts and theatre
  • We create fun, accessible events that are free and open to the public
  • We tour the films made each year all over Virginia, DC, New York and abroad in Italy, Hong Kong and more
  • We promote cultural tourism for small town America, starting with Cape Charles
  • We offer local artists a global stage, and global artists a local stage
  • We innovate the way arts, culture and business intersect and leverage growth

Why EFV Needs Funds:

This campaign is a crucial component of our $100,000 budget. This campaign completes the remaining $12,000 of our extensive fundraising efforts to compliment the generous support of our established sponsors. Our funding, past and present has come from organizations such as:

  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Virginia Commission for the Arts
  • Virginia Film Office
  • Dance Films Association New York
  • Taiwan Ministry of Culture/Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
  • Israeli Embassy in Washington DC
  • Seoul Institute of the Arts
  • Hong Kong Arts and Development Council
  • Eastern Shore Land Company (ESLAND)
  • Cape Charles Yacht Center
  • Virginia Eye Consultants
  • The Old Cavalier Hotel Virginia Beach
  • The Rutter Family Art Foundation
  • Hotel Cape Charles
  • Allergan Pharmaceuticals
  • Arts Enter Cape Charles
  • The Roll Family
  • Gary Byler
  • Tankard Nursery
  • Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio
  • and many other generous patrons, sponsors and organizations
Artistic Director and Founder of EFV, Renata Sheppard on set with Italian Sound Designer, Paolo Armao. Resident Artist Filmmaker, Jennifer Keller, in the background.
Artistic Director and Founder of EFV, Renata Sheppard on set with Italian Sound Designer, Paolo Armao. Resident Artist Filmmaker, Jennifer Keller, in the background.

Your donation directly supports the remaining costs which cover:

  • Workshops, Events and Meet-the-Artists opportunities for the Hampton Roads community, including the Eastern Shore of VA 
  • Equipment Rental for Films (Cameras, Tripods, Lens Kits, Lighting)
  • Housing
Jazmyne Koch, Filmmaker and Dancer based in Berlin checking out a shot with Erin Harvey, local Virginia resident and cinematographer for National Geographic who joins EFV each year to help out and lend his expertise.
Jazmyne Koch, Filmmaker and Dancer based in Berlin checking out a shot with Erin Harvey, local Virginia resident and cinematographer for National Geographic who joins EFV each year to help out and lend his expertise.
2016 Stand Up Banner Design is ready to go! We just need to print and distribute them all over Hampton Roads.
2016 Stand Up Banner Design is ready to go! We just need to print and distribute them all over Hampton Roads.

       

Meet (a few) of our 2016 Artists:

Davide Ferrario, is an Italian Film Director, Screen Writer and Producer. His 2004 film After Midnight entered the 54th Berlin International Film Festival, winning the Caligari Film Prize and the Don Quixote Award.
Davide Ferrario, is an Italian Film Director, Screen Writer and Producer. His 2004 film After Midnight entered the 54th Berlin International Film Festival, winning the Caligari Film Prize and the Don Quixote Award.
Adi Halfin is an Israeli Film Director and Music Video Artist. Her films have screened at Cannes and Berlinale. "HOME ALONE" created with the Bat Sheva Dance Company was a viral hit and has won best short in several film festivals.
Adi Halfin is an Israeli Film Director and Music Video Artist. Her films have screened at Cannes and Berlinale. “HOME ALONE” created with the Bat Sheva Dance Company was a viral hit and has won best short in several film festivals.
Roman Linetsky is a Director of Photography and Animator, born in Russia and established in Israel since 1990. He has shot major commercials (Coca Cola, Hyundai) and music videos (Dita von Teese).
Roman Linetsky is a Director of Photography and Animator, born in Russia and established in Israel since 1990. He has shot major commercials (Coca Cola, Hyundai) and music videos (Dita von Teese).
Dana Shalev is a documentary filmmaker and an independent dance scholar, who resides in Tel-Aviv, Israel.  She has been involved in many documentary film and TV projects as a director and an editor. She writes for Erev Rav art magazine.
Dana Shalev is a documentary filmmaker and an independent dance scholar, who resides in Tel-Aviv, Israel. She has been involved in many documentary film and TV projects as a director and an editor. She writes for Erev Rav art magazine.
Greg Hess is an actor and writer in Los Angeles and currently developing an original pilot with Universal Cable Productions and Carousel (Steve Carrell).
Greg Hess is an actor and writer in Los Angeles and currently developing an original pilot with Universal Cable Productions and Carousel (Steve Carrell).

   

Matthew-Lee is an actor and writer from Chicago and New York, currently living in Los Angeles.  He currently writes for MASTERS OF SEX on Showtime.  He has written for MTV, Nickelodeon, Nicktoons and WWE (yeah, TV wrestling).
Matthew-Lee is an actor and writer from Chicago and New York, currently living in Los Angeles. He currently writes for MASTERS OF SEX on Showtime. He has written for MTV, Nickelodeon, Nicktoons and WWE (yeah, TV wrestling).

        

Mark Edward Atkinson is a Virginia-based photographer with whose work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The Washingtonian, Esquire, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Marie Claire. He joins EFV for the 3rd year.
Mark Edward Atkinson is a Virginia-based photographer with whose work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The Washingtonian, Esquire, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Marie Claire. He joins EFV for the 3rd year.
Marcus Holman is a Virginia-based photographer who specializes in creative portraits and is looking forward to shifting from still to moving image with EFV. Marcus is actively involved in the community as an artist and activist for numerous charities.
Marcus Holman is a Virginia-based photographer who specializes in creative portraits and is looking forward to shifting from still to moving image with EFV. Marcus is actively involved in the community as an artist and activist for numerous charities.
Megan Stuart Coleman joins EFV 2016 as a Performer in Residence. She is a professional ballet dancer and teacher based in Ohio and formerly a dancer with Lexington Ballet.
Megan Stuart Coleman joins EFV 2016 as a Performer in Residence. She is a professional ballet dancer and teacher based in Ohio and formerly a dancer with Lexington Ballet.

 

Berenice Alfonso is an actress based in Northern Virginia who is joining EFV 2016 as a Performer-in-Residence. She has been featured in TV, commericials, Feature Films and studied Mexican Dance.
Berenice Alfonso is an actress based in Northern Virginia who is joining EFV 2016 as a Performer-in-Residence. She has been featured in TV, commericials, Feature Films and studied Mexican Dance.

 

Kristen Furnes Bjerkestrand joins EFV 2016 as a Performer in Residence. She hails from Norway but has recently danced with Teatro Balletto di Torino. She has performed in numerous dance films and will begin a new job in Germany in August.
Kristen Furnes Bjerkestrand joins EFV 2016 as a Performer in Residence. She hails from Norway but has recently danced with Teatro Balletto di Torino. She has performed in numerous dance films and will begin a new job in Germany in August.

EFV 2015 Update:

Josephine Decker at SXSW where she presented "First Day Out" filmed (almost entirely!) at Experimental Film Virginia 2015. And hey look, they used Kickstarter too!
Josephine Decker at SXSW where she presented “First Day Out” filmed (almost entirely!) at Experimental Film Virginia 2015. And hey look, they used Kickstarter too!

The Best Movies I Saw at SXSW in the New Yorker:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/the-best-movies-i-saw-at-sxsw

How EFV started:

A need to explore the medium of film from an interdisciplinary and complete approach:movement, sound and place. Our local non profit was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant and EFV was born and sustained in the first two years thanks to this grant. We wanted to create a space for artists to get away and for audiences to find themselves. We want to offer fun, artsy events that educate and entertain. High level art that is engaging, accessible and presented in a fun, relaxed environment.

EFV in a Nutshell:

  • The process involves artists from all over the world and Virginia who make films inspired by the people and spaces of small town America on the beautiful lower Eastern Shore. 
  • The result is a collection of unique films, to be premiered in Cape Charles and then screened in New York City, Turin, and Hong Kong and throughout the state of Virginia. 
  • EFV offers something for everyone: artists get away and find a safe haven for creation and experimentation with incredible networking opportunities and an unusual mix of disciplines and nationalities. 
  • For the public, we offer art-soaked weekend events that bring local treasures to life: the new gallery/event space Work|Release in Norfolk for the Launching Party, the incredibleSeaview Creek Barn on Seaside road just outside of Cape Charles for Art in a Barn, theHistoric Palace Theatre for the Film Premiere of the films made during the two week residency and the Cape Charles Yacht Center marina where we hold the final night Bayamo Party. 
  • Growing program of workshops, meet-the-artist events and screenings throughout the year in Virginia, throughout the USA and internationally.
Grammy-nominated Choreographer and Dance Film maker, Noemie Lafrance, with the EFV 2014 artists during a hands-on workshop session.
Grammy-nominated Choreographer and Dance Film maker, Noemie Lafrance, with the EFV 2014 artists during a hands-on workshop session.

Ten reasons to support Experimental Film Virginia 2016: 

  • EFV exposes people of all backgrounds, our art-soaked weekend events are free and open to the public, to share the joy of art and cultural experience. 
  • EFV captures the ever-changing landscape of Virginia’s Eastern Shore on film and shares it with the world. Screenings are already scheduled for New York City, Turin, and Hong Kong, and throughout the state of Virginia and Washington DC.
  • EFV honors the unique rural landscape and architecture of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
  • EFV promotes business and tourism in Cape Charles, helping create a sustainable economy with the arts at the core of town planning and community development. 
  • EFV is scalable and offers a model for other small towns boosting seasonal tourismthrough the arts. 
  • EFV applies proven creative place-making strategies, built on partnerships between public, private, government, non-profit and community sectors on a local, regional, national and international level. 
  • EFV celebrates “Small Town. Big Art”—a campaign showcasing the charm of our historic town’s culture, Victorian homes, dining, and beach life. 
  • EFV celebrates diversity and cross-cultural collaboration, bringing together artists fromItaly to Israel to Taiwan
  • EFV has proven to be successful in 2013, 2014 and 2015—and will only continue to growwith your support in 2016. 
  • Because Cape Charles is a very cool town that you should be visiting anyway. So come join us this summer and plan the perfect weekend getaway and catch some amazing films while you are at it!

Small Town. Big Art.

Art in a Barn, where we eat, drink, dance, project, play music and have an insanely fun art party in a gorgeous, historic barn on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
Art in a Barn, where we eat, drink, dance, project, play music and have an insanely fun art party in a gorgeous, historic barn on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

See you in Cape Charles.

 
Melissa Ghazale, 2013 EFV Filmmaker, joined us in Cape Charles from Lebanon.
Melissa Ghazale, 2013 EFV Filmmaker, joined us in Cape Charles from Lebanon.
Andy Edmonds, Director of the Virginia Film Office, celebrates the 2015 season of Experimental Film Virginia at the Launching Party.
Andy Edmonds, Director of the Virginia Film Office, celebrates the 2015 season of Experimental Film Virginia at the Launching Party.
Adam Gauzza, 2014 Performer-in-Residence, got some behind-the-scenes-training as a location sound recorder.
Adam Gauzza, 2014 Performer-in-Residence, got some behind-the-scenes-training as a location sound recorder.
Furlong Baldwin dancing with the 2014 Performers-in-Residence.
Furlong Baldwin dancing with the 2014 Performers-in-Residence.
Duane Cyrus, Performer-in-Residence in 2015 and returning in 2016, joined the Cape Charles Fourth of July Parade while shooting Adi Halfin's "We Do Not Recall".
Duane Cyrus, Performer-in-Residence in 2015 and returning in 2016, joined the Cape Charles Fourth of July Parade while shooting Adi Halfin’s “We Do Not Recall”.
Local talent, Lucy Watkins, joined Hong Kong 2013 and 2014 Filmmaker, Maurice Lai, on set for "Ciao Bella" choreographed by Italian dancer Irma Cardano.
Local talent, Lucy Watkins, joined Hong Kong 2013 and 2014 Filmmaker, Maurice Lai, on set for “Ciao Bella” choreographed by Italian dancer Irma Cardano.
Korean haegum player, Ji Yeon Kim and local violinist, Sheila Sheppard, jammed out in handmade, paper costumes for Art in a Barn 2015.
Korean haegum player, Ji Yeon Kim and local violinist, Sheila Sheppard, jammed out in handmade, paper costumes for Art in a Barn 2015.

                             

Risks and challenges

EFV was born thanks to a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant. It has continued to grow and thrive thanks to the support of many public, private and governmental organizations listed above.

We also rely heavily on donations from private citizens and local businesses and companies as well as places like the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

The more successful we are each year with EFV, the more momentum we gain, the bigger the project gets and the more we need to keep growing and thus, the budget increases!

This year we have hired a Program Manager, Jessica Lee Long, who is doing an excellent job. We are expanding our network of collaborators and co-producers including Work|Release, Naro Expanded Cinema, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Commodore Cinema Portsmouth and the Virginia Tourism Cooperation along with many more.

We are confident that our reputation, visibility, credibility and the quality of our work will continue to thrive and provide us with the leverage we need to continue and expand our fundraising efforts.

When we fall short on funding, it is a true waste of resources, time and energy and the artists and community suffer because we remain limited in how many artists we can support and how much outreach we can do.

So, support us today and help us continue to grow.

 

 

 

Contact Information:

Renata Sheppard

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