In late July we took a road trip up to Fort St. John and spent a couple of days doing research for a new documentary project we are starting. We will be sharing more info later but for now please check out some photos from the trip!
On December 20th we went down to the Pivot Legal Society headquarters in Vancouver, BC. to be there when they received the decision on the Bedford vs. Canada case. Members of Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV) and PACE Society along with other sex workers and allies all came together to hear the historic decision.
When the unanimous decision to strike down all three laws was published the room erupted in joyous "woohoos" and happy tears as a group of women celebrated a long and hard fought victory. It was one of the most exciting, inspiring, and emotional moments of my life and I really can't begin to imagine what it must of felt like for the people that have been committed to this issue for more than 10 years.
You can read more about the decision and what it means on Pivot's website here.
Please watch our short documentary about Pivot Legal Society, Pace Society, and SWUAV's trip to the Supreme Court. The doc gives some insight into how the laws impact street based sex workers in Canada and you get to meet some of the amazing hardworking individuals that impacted the Supreme Court ruling.
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.
We will be posting the video once it's finished, but in the meantime we thought we would share some screen-grabs from the first day of shooting. The shots below are not colour-corrected, but we think they are looking great straight out of the camera!
Darren's bother and sister-in-law where married this summer on a stunning Vancouver Island farm. It was a magnificent day! Months earlier they asked us to produce a Save the Date video for them. We wanted to document a little slice of their life while also showcasing the natural beauty of Vancouver and BC (there were a lot of guests coming from out of town).
We were really happy with how it turned out. Check it out - it's short and sweet.
We have been huge fans of The Cinematheque for a long time, so it was very exciting for us to come up with an animated intro/logo for this incredible organization. It will be playing in the theater soon, so be sure to look out for it!
We were thrilled when our good friend and long-time collaborator Gabriel Koenig approached us to design and animate a logo for his game company - Ghost Time Games.
Check it out! Gab, of course, provided the killer sound design.
The results are in, and 'Cooking with Tim' was announced as one of the winners of Season One of STORYHIVE!
We are thrilled to have been selected to receive $5000 from Telus to produce our pilot episode, and our pre-production has begun! We will be sure to keep you posted on our progress as the show moves forward.
Back in June, we had the privilege of shooting a documentary with Pivot Legal Society in Ottawa! It was a totally inspiring, emotional, and entirely incredible experience, and we feel honoured to have been brought on board to work on such an important project.
You can read more about it here in our previous post.
We are currently well into the post-production on all of our material, but we thought that in the meantime we would share a few stills. More to come soon!