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A Successful Chalk Festival

Last weekend was the 1st Yukon Chalk Art Festival, which I had the pleasure of producing for Unlikely Events Yukon. 

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It went sooo well. Everyone had a blast making beautiful chalk art, taking chalk art workshops with local artists Nicole Bauberger and Emma Barr, and playing in the sunshine with all the other artists.

I was so relieved the rain held off for us. We only had to take the giant tarp out once, and as soon as we did, it stopped raining. Thank-you Mother Nature. ❤

I really hope this event grows every year. Chalk art is an amazing medium, and such a fun activity to do on a sunny summer day.

Check out all of the beautiful photos from the event, courtesy of Alistair Maitland Photography.

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Myself, and Unlikely Events Yukon Artistic Director, Suki Wellman celebrating the end of a successful 1st Chalk Art Festival in the Yukon.

 

Also if you’re around Whitehorse tomorrow we will have the chalk out again at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre for National Aboriginal Day! Come celebrate and create a chalky collaboration with us.

Xox

Heidi J. Loos

Heather @ Yukon Chalk Fest

The 4th chalk video I made for Unlikely Events Yukon features Heather Von Steinhagen– a born and raised Yukon artist, who I had the pleasure of meeting last summer at our offsite chalk art venue for Nuit Blanche! I love her colourful, space art! Check it out. 🙂 And be sure to come to the 1st Yukon Chalk Art Festival on June 11 & 12, 2016 at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre and dana Naye Ventures in Whitehorse Yukon. 10-5pm both days!

Thanks for watching!

xx HJL ❤

Nicole @ Yukon Chalk Fest

The 3rd chalk video I made for Unlikely Events Yukon is about Nicole Bauberger, who is not only one of the 10 featured artists at the 1st Yukon Chalk Art Festival, but will also be teaching a chalk art workshop for adults on Sunday June 12, 2016 from 1-4PM in the parking lot of dana Naye Ventures on the corner of 5th and Black St. in Whitehorse.

2nd Mini Doc on CBC

Cg1klbdUoAAenKGIt aired yesterday on episode 25 of CBC’s Exhibitionists! 🙂

I had a lot of fun making this short film about Carcross Tlingit artist & carver Keith Wolfe Smarch and his son Aaron. Now you can watch it online:

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2687248564

Check it out!

I am super happy with how it turned out.

With every new film project I am learning tons, and am absolutely loving my canon C100. I am so grateful to my dad for investing in my filmmaking career, and ecstatic for the opportunity to have my work aired on CBC (twice)! so far…

It was a little bit of a nightmare trying to get the final version uploaded, I have the slowest internet EVER. But so many folks offered me their support and the use of their internet, so THANK-YOU all sooo much for your help & kindness. I couldn’t have got it in on time without the support. ❤

xox

HJL

National Poetry Month

I didn’t know April was National Poetry Month! Did you?!~

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I just found out this morning 🙂 Thanks, social media.

Want to celebrate it with me and take on the 100 Haiku Challenge ?!

Coincidentally, last year on March 31, 2015 I decided to write 100 Haikus in 100 days. This year,  to celebrate National Poetry month I am going to do it again! Only this time I do not have 100 days, I have 30 (well actually 27 now because I’m 3 days late) to write 100 Haikus!

Some of them will likely suck- but others might just be dynamite- who knows- follow me on twitter to see the words unfold.

This might even become an annual April tradition.

#100Haikus #HaikuChallenge

xx,

Heidi J. Loos

Keish Youth Award Video

Check out this video we made last week about Doronn Fox, the 2016 Keish Youth Award winner!

It was a little rushed because we had to film and edit it all in under 24 hrs, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out… and Doronn liked it, so that’s the most important part 🙂

Have I mentioned, the best part about living back in the Yukon is that everyone talks to each other and recommends each other- so ppl have been spreading the word about us up and coming filmmakers to their friends, colleagues and other local businesses and organizations!  The contracts keep rollin’ in and I’m so grateful to be learning and creating within such a beautiful, supportive community.

❤ HJL

Lipstick & Long Johns

WATCH MY FRIEND NINA’s TEASER! (and see me acting as hipster Jade)

If you follow me on Twitter or FB you may have seen just over a month ago when my friend Nina and I were tweeting a lot about developing & pitching our digital series and getting people to vote between the two titles: Long Johns and Lingere and Lipstick and Long Johns, and the latter was the winner. So you may be wondering how it went from being our project to her project- let me explain.

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We spent four months working on developing the digital series bible together, flushing out the world, the characters and their backstories but we started running into some serious problems when we started trying to do the actual writing- see, she didn’t like anything I wrote and I didn’t like what she wrote! We both have very different voices, and we write & make films for different reasons. Some of the things Nina finds funny, I find offensive, and some of the story lines I’d like to see, she just didn’t like. And we come from different places-she’s studied acting and yoga and I’ve studied women’s studies and creative writing. Her acting background makes her a wonderful director and she gives really insightful feedback and is able to pull passion and emotion out of her actors with ease. I really value and respect her unique talents and creativity, but I think my women’s studies background has made me overly critical of mainstream comedy and female representation. Also I’m queer and she’s not.  I always want to make sure to have some queer characters and try my best to make sure any/all queer representation are progressive and break down stereotypes- but this isn’t really a focal concern for her.

Creative collaboration is haaarrd at the best of times, and someone always has to have creative control. The problem is, we’re both leaders, and neither one of us wanted to be the sidekick. We were also both concerned about having our names on something that didn’t feel true to us and who we are/want to be as creators and filmmakers. We’ve been friends for a long ass time and I didn’t want this one project to get in the way of our friendship, so i decided to back out, and focus on my own solo projects instead.

Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 2.34.27 PMHowever, I still fully support the project and Nina’s endeavours to bring an original Yukon women’s-centric comedy to life!  Because – duh-that’d be sweet! Not to mention, I love her to death and want her to succeed in everything she pursues!

So go get ’em girl!

and when she gets the funding to produce the series- I WILL be auditioning for the role of Jade. –>

So yeah, that’s the scoop! Watch the teaser and like it and share it and stuff. ❤

xox

Heidi J. Loos