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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

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

Film Content for CBC

Awhile back in December I decided to pitch some ideas to the producers of CBC’s show Exhibitionists… and they really liked some of my ideas! So I got a contract to do two short videos for them and the first one is about our hometown heroes the Yukon’s one and only Bboy crew Groundwork Sessions (GWS) and it’s all finished and now up on CBC’s website 🙂 Check it out!

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Yukon breakdancing group takes on the world

It will also be aired on CBC television on Sunday, February 21, 2016 as part of Exhibitionists season 1 episode 17.

It was such an amazing learning opportunity working with the show’s producers on this! And of course I couldn’t have asked for better subjects for my first piece, I grew up with these guys- they’re like my bros ❤ & they were all super patient and understanding while I fiddled around with my brand new camera in the -30 weather trying to figure out white balance and audio and all that jazz >.< LOL we totally froze our butts off getting those outdoor shots! I’m so gad it all worked out!

Thanks for watching. 🙂

HJL

 

Yukon Youth Vote Pt 4

My favourite in the series so far…

We’ll be interviewing young folks for a couple more weeks and releasing two more videos before the federal election on October 19, 2015! So if you know anyone in the Yukon who may want to participate- get them to email me! heidijloos@gmail.com

What is it that YOU care about?!

Don’t forget to register to VOTE. Your voice matters, and your vote could make a difference.

Xox

HJL

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