Mitch was invited by Cineworks to participate in a cool program they run called Play It Forward that facilitates the collaboration of artists and non-profits. Mitch and all of us at Combination Films were really honoured to be one of the three artists selected for the initiative. Cineworks generously provided us with free gear rentals and funds to cover additional expenses.
The non-profit we picked to work with was Pivot Legal Society; we admire the work they do so much and had great experience working with them before. After a couple meetings with Pivot it was decided that an artist portrait of one of the Hope In Shadows winners would be the best fit for the project.
Pivot connected us with Brian Ward, a talented artist living in the Downtown Eastside that had a winning photo selected for the calendar as well as a photo that was awarded a Honourable Distinction. Brian and his wife, Rose, kindly welcomed us into their home for the interview and Brian shared with us his passion for art. We had a really great afternoon shooting with Brian and learning about his art practice.
We are really happy with how the project turned out and have already been getting some great feedback. The artist portrait screened at this years Passion for Justice (which if you missed I highly recommend you go next year - it's so fun!) to a great crowd and received a big round of applause. The video has been screening at VanCity Theatre before the screenings of the documentary, Inequality for All. There is one last screening tomorrow night.