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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

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48 Hr Craziness

So I’m finally getting around to writing about this… but y’all should really know, because it was quite epic.

About a month ago I decided to take part in the Yukon Film Society’s annual film challenge.

We had 48 hours to make a 5 minute film.

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You may think that’s a lot of time, but if you think that, you probably don’t have very much experience with filmmaking.

See, how the challenge works, is you are given a theme, or prop, or phrase that you have to incorporate into your film. Then you have to write the script, cast the actors, make a storyboard or at least plan a shot list, shoot the footage, watch (most) of the footage, pick out the best clips, edit it all together, find music, add all sound and music, write credits, add credits, and hope if you’re really efficient you may be able to catch some zzz’s along the way.

I think I slept a total of 5 hours that whole weekend. But, it was a hell of a lot of fun. And everything just kept getting funnier. At the end of the 48 hours I was honestly a little concerned that our short comedy would not actually be funny to those who were functioning off a normal amount of food and sleep.

We had six team members aka creative geniuses on our team, so as you can imagine it took a little while to decide on one story idea with all the epic options flying around. Upon finding out the 2015 theme: “Outdoors” to be incorporated through a shot of the outdoors or in dialogue or really whatever floats your creative boat- we mapped out about 7 different story ideas with setting, characters, arc etc. Then we voted it down to two, and then down to one. For some reason the common thread was “Ghost Girl”

Our ‘winning idea’ involved a new guy in the office that was being haunted by an office ghost that none of his colleagues could see: a frumpy girl in pajamas. However, when we did our auditions we decided to switch up the gender roles just for fun. And it just worked. It was like, ding ding ding, we have a winner, Alistair Maitland as the office ghost,  wearing a donkey onesie and eating a lot of popcorn. So naturally, I became ‘office girl’ Jayden.

I’ve always loved acting. I thought for years I was going to double major in Creative Writing and Theatre, but as it happens I discovered Women’s and Gender Studies instead, which I am so grateful for. Anyway I still LOVE acting and theatre but I just haven’t done any for years! And I’d never done any film acting before. Luckily I had my awesome director pals, Nina and Naomi, there to give me pointers and make the experience all the more fun. Plus I had the best co-star a girl could ask for, and it was a film-acting debut for us both.

The film we ended up making is called “Suck it Up” and it was runner up for the Whitehorse audience choice award by 1  point- seriously just 1 vote-

The best part though, was that the comedic elements, really do work- it wasn’t just the lack of sleep talking. Everyone who has watched it has had a good ab work out, and laughed in the right moments, and in some cases even had to press pause to run to the loo. So, all in all, quite the success.

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We talked about putting together a longer version and possibly submitting it to a few festivals, but we haven’t confirmed anything yet. I’ll let you know what happens- cuz I know you’re probably just dying to watch Suck it Up already. Soon, friends.

But, really I just wanted to say. If you have some equipment, a couple of free days, and some creative friends, anything is possible! So why not make a film this holiday!?

Love & Laughter.

HJL

 

 

Young Women Exploring Trades

I work at a pretty cool non-profit organization up here in Whitehorse called Yukon Women in Trades and Technology, which I’ve been working part-time at since last May.

Although I myself am not in the trades, I do have family who are (My dad and brother are both Machinists) and it always really bugs me when people have negative attitudes towards the trades and talk like academia is somehow better. Have you actually met any tradespeople? All the ones I have met are super smart, and WAY better at math than I’ll ever be…of course, the trades are as diverse as the academic world and no two trades are the same. So I shouldn’t generalize about ‘all tradespeople’ but, my point is,  I’ve heard far too many teachers discourage young students from going into the trades because its for people who aren’t as ‘intellectual’  or ‘adept’ or whatever- like are you serious?!?!

It also gets on my nerves whenever anyone says that the trades are just for men- hello, it’s 2015! Get with the program people! We need qualified, skilled tradesPEOPLE to make the world go around.

We need infrastructure built, we need houses, we need clothing, we need transportation (we need all the machines and parts for those machines used to make everything we use everyday, all the time. like even our toothbrushes). Think about it.

Needless to say I’m super happy to be able to promote the trades and technology sectors to young women and girls in our northern community! And last month, in October, YWITT hosted it’s 15th annual Young Women Exploring Trades Conference which was SO MUCH FUN to organize, and an incredible learning opportunity! So I wanted to share this little video my bestie, Nina put together from the conference 🙂

Love & Gratitude

Heidi J. Loos

 

Chalk Art Central

Before Shiphrah and I started our project “Chalk With Me” in June 2013 I had never really given chalk art much thought. The only chalk art I’d seen were children’s doodles, hopscotch, and stick figure creations on sidewalks, and I’d certainly never done any of my own. However, as our ‘chalktivism’ unfolded and we collaborated on several chalk art pieces around Vancouver and participated in the Victoria International Chalk Art Festival two years in row, I really grew to love the medium. I just love how interactive it is- you’re doing art outside, you’re interacting with the air, the pavement, you’re environment. You’re squatting or getting down on your knees, you’re getting your hands dirty and just being more free and childlike. And, you’re interacting with people who come by- whether its just a glance, a nod, a smile, or a full-on conversation about your art- you’re connecting.

Chalk art has become one of my hobbies, one of many passions, and something I want to share with the world. I don’t just mean my own chalk art, either. I don’t think my chalk art is anything special. Honestly, Shiphrah was really the artistic director of Chalk with me, I was merely an idea generator, happy to fill in the blank spaces, and chalk the backgrounds. But I sure had fun doing it. You don’t have to be great at something to enjoy doing it, and benefit from it. So more than sharing my own art, I decided I really wanted to introduce the medium to others, get other people out chalking!

I knew I wouldn’t be able to fly all the way to Victoria this year, so I pitched the idea of our own chalk art festival in Whitehorse, Yukon. For a pilot project this summer, I worked with the non-profit Yukon Educational Theatre to host a chalk art venue at the Whitehorse Nuit Blanche festival which is an all-night, roaming, contemporary art festival.

With the help of some local companies: Quantum Machine Works, the Claim Cafe and Food co. and NVD Place, we were able to provide participants with the same awesome Koss chalk pastels that they use at the Victoria Chalk Festival. Although the turn out was not as large as I was hoping and the weather Gods didn’t exactly cooperate- before the thunder storm came all the participants had a blast and really created some beautiful artwork.

Last Saturday night was “Chalk Art Central” and here are are some of the photos!

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(To see the whole album click here.)

It felt so good to organize something that people of all ages were able to come and participate in for free for as long or as little as they wanted, and do as much art as they pleased until the rain chased us away.

P1020182Next summer we’re hoping to put on an independent chalk art event separate from Nuit Blanche, so that we can have it during the day and we can I go bigger and bolder and recruit more artists and art lovers from across the territory and beyond.

Until then, go out and get your chalk on! Wherever you are!

Xox,

HJL

Burning Away the Winter Blues 2015

yet web (1)Recently, I scored a cool marketing & production assistant contract with a local non profit, Yukon Educational Theatre Society!

(Known around these parts as YET). So I decided to do a little interview with the Artistic Director, Geneviève Gagnon, and I threw together a short youtube video about their upcoming event!

Check it out!

And if you are in Whitehorse next Saturday (March 21) come out and Burn Away Your Winter Blues with us!!!

Xox

HJL

Femme City Choir

One of my new year’s resolutions for 2014 was to sing more, and I definitely have fulfilled that goal! I joined the most amazing choir at the end of January “FEMME CITY CHOIR” and I got to sing with these babely folks every thursday until the middle of June. Here’s a clip from our final show:

And here’s a little bit more about us, femme city choir, and why it’s so AWESOME!

I can’t wait to get back to singing with these fierce femmes in September! I have my fingers crossed for a P!nk medley in our second season’s repertoire.

xox

Heidi J. Loos

Reel Youth Videos

I had the incredible opportunity to participate in one of Reel Youth’s programs this summer: the Youth and Senior’s film program put on in partnership with the Gordon Neighbourhood House. Not only did I get to meet a whole bunch of really inspiring ppl (seniors and youngsters alike), I also got to collaborate with one of my oldest and dearest friends to make two short docs!

Check out what Nina Reed and I created with the support of the Reel Youth facilitators and our spunky senior partners, Geraldine Horseman & the one and only, HENRI!

Participating in this program and getting to know these two interesting and charismatic individuals was really eye opening and heart warming! Age is really just a number.

xox

Heidi J. Loos

What is ‘fear paralysis’?

People always say there are two responses to fear and they are fight or flight, but that has never been the case for me.

When I am really terrified, I FREEZE.

And it’s always been this way.

But over the years I’ve chatted with many other trauma and sexual assault survivors and they have experienced this instinct/response of freezing too: fear paralysis.

My short script “PRESSING CHARGES” aims to create awareness and destigmatize fear paralysis.

Not everyone is hardwired to run, or fight. Sometimes, no matter how prepared you are, you still freeze, BUT IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT, and the world needs to stop making us feel like it is.

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WATCH MY VIDEO PITCH ON STORYHIVE 

Register as a community voter, (anyone can vote, just select your voting location as Vancouver) after you put in your email address you will receive a confirmation email with a link, click on the link and VOILA, VOTE for PRESSING CHARGES! X5 Help me show the world what it is like to experience fear paralysis and have everyone tell you its your fault. Help me fight against rape culture and victim blaming! Help me make a difference through ART!

Love love love, and gratitude,

Heidi J. Loos

VOTE FOR MY PROJECT ON STORYHIVE

VOTE FOR MY PROJECT ON STORYHIVE

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Hello BLOG WORLD!

I haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been busy working on something reeeeally close to my heart- an application/video pitch for STORYHIVE.

I’ve applied to get a $10,000 production grant to make my short film, and I need your help!!

Essentially, it is a story about how trauma and sexual assault can have a lasting effect on the mind and the body. The script aims to create awareness and also fight against rape culture and victim blaming. Even though it is fiction, the script draws a lot from my own personal experiences.

My video pitch has been approved by Telus for the Storyhive short film competition here in Vancouver, and if it receives enough VOTES online I will be able to claim one of ten Storyhive production grants.

All you have to do is register as a community voter and vote for my project “PRESSING CHARGES”

Click the link ABOVE to watch my video pitch, and read my project details (logline, synopsis, etc.) if you like what you see: VOTE!! (X5)

Anyone can sign up as a community voter, you do not have to be from, or living in Vancouver.

Just select your voting location as ‘Vancouver’ and vote for my project “PRESSING CHARGES”

You will have ten votes to distribute to all of your favourite projects, but you can vote up to five times on any one project SO PLEASE VOTE FOR MINE MULTIPLE TIMES!!

Then please, PLEASE share this link on your blogs,  Facebook, Twitter, and with your friends, family, and social networks to help me get more votes!

Your help and support means the world to me!!!

 

Heidi J. Loos