AFCOOP is pleased to announce that Jeff Wheaton has been chosen as the Filmmaker in Residence for 2012/13.
Throughout the coming year Halifax filmmaker Jeff Wheaton will be working on his residency project, a documentary entitled HIVE. His film will explore the relationship between a beekeeper and a colony of bees, and the deeper implications of this relationship on the world around us.
While the threat of declining bee populations and its impact on our global food supply has become a hot topic in the news and in documentary film, HIVE will take a more poetic approach to the subject. As an urban beekeeper himself, Wheaton proposes an exploration of bees that is personal and contemplative, a film that poses more questions than it answers.
“I am deeply honored to be chosen as this years Filmmaker in Residence at AFCOOP,” says Wheaton, “This program gives me the opportunity to explore deeper concepts around my film HIVE and share them with my community. I am excited to begin the process!”
Community Artist Talk #1
Aug. 29th 7pm 2012
Free and open to the public
In this exploratory community talk, AFCOOP Filmmaker in Residence Jeff Wheaton will present the concept behind his work-in-progress documentary, HIVE. In addition to providing a brief overview of bees and urban bee-keeping, the talk will centre around the question: “What is our primordial connection to bees?”
Jeff’s approach to the talk will involve collaborative design, and using audience members as part of the brainstorming ‘hive’. He also plans to call into play other disciplines such as dance and visual arts. Through a blend of film clips, open discussion, and urban honey tasting (!) this talk will make you think about bees in a different light.
Presence is the first in a series of talks Jeff will give throughout his filmmaking process. The next two, Fear and Control will take place later in the fall and will include screenings of his film as it evolves.
About the Filmmaker in Residence program
The AFCOOP Filmmaker In Residence (FIR) program will provide a filmmaker with the resources and guidance to create a completed work with the support and participation of the AFCOOP community.
View the page for 2011 Filmmaker in Residence Eva Madden-Hagen here.
- Expand production and development opportunities for experienced filmmakers.
- Promote excellence in filmmaking.
- Increase the use of AFCOOP resources by experienced filmmakers.
- Expose Nova Scotia filmmakers to the filmmaking process, skills and aesthetics of a resident filmmaker.
- Foster the relationship between a resident filmmaker and the Nova Scotia filmmaking community.
A total of $15,000 in services and expenses for the proposed project, including:
- Up to $4,000 in cash towards direct project costs. This may include film stock, lab fees, rentals, per diems, travel and labour, etc.
- Up to $11,000 in AFCOOP equipment and facility rentals
- Staff and organizational support and a supportive community in which to work
Please note that due to potential federal and provincial budget and policy changes, there may be more or less resources available at the time of residency.
The Applicant must be an experienced filmmaker and:
a) Created at least three independent film or video works.
b) Exhibited at least three separate film and/or video works in a professional context. For example, a juried/curated screening or a televised broadcast. This does not include student and self generated screenings, or works on the internet.
c) Completed basic film training appropriate to their discipline/filmmaking process. The training may have been completed through a post-secondary institution, a filmmaking cooperative, artist run centre, etc.
d) Have been practicing filmmaking for at least four years, not including time training, i.e. outside of school.
e) Have been living in the province of Nova Scotia for at least six months prior to the application deadline and be a citizen of Canada or a landed immigrant.
f) Must not be a full time or part time student at any level during the residency.
g) Must be able to commit to the project for a period of up to one year.
h) The applicant will also be expected to be ‘In Residence’ for a limited period of time where they will be expected to share their work with the Halifax filmmaking community.
The applicant is not required to be a member of The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative and will have the opportunity to become a member during the residency.
a) Proposed project may be any moving image form that is intended for cinematic exhibition. This can include any single channel work of image, with sound, such as a dramatic or comedic narrative, experimental, animation, documentary and any other form or sub-genre of cinema.
b) Length: 5 – 25 minutes. An animated project of exceptional merit may be shorter in length.
c) Finished/mastered on 16mm or 35mm with single system sound OR High quality video-tape such as HDcam, Beta SP, DBeta, DVC Pro HD or a professional quality digital image file (Quicktime ProRes 4:2:2 or 4:4:4, DCP, uncompressed MXF file, etc.).
d) Completed within a six-to-nine month timeline, starting in July of 2012 and finished for a premier at the Halifax Independent Filmmaker’s Festival in April of 2013.
e) Must utilize AFCOOP resources as much as possible, including equipment, facilities and members’ expertise.
f) Fully independent work where the filmmaker initiates and is the driving force behind the work. The artist must maintain complete creative and editorial control over the work and own all rights to the finished project.
- $30 Application fee (cheque made out to AFCOOP or in person via debit/cash/credit).
- Part A/B: Application Form
- Part C: Support Material
- Part D: Questions
Application Deadline: Deadline has passed for 2012. Next deadline for applications will be in early 2013
For more information contact Martha Cooley (902) 405-4474 ext. 3
The AFCOOP Filmmaker In Residence Program is supported by the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Residency Initiative Program http://www.halifax.ca/culture/ and the NFB-ONF.