Last Summer I was invited by Britta Johnson to participate in a collective filmmaking project she was curating called ‘Solar Utopias’. Commissioned by the city of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and funded by Seattle City Light, the filmmakers were given the prompt “What is a Solar Utopia?” and encouraged to create works “within the limits of the covid stay-at-home – at home, with available gear and resources”. It was an interesting challenge, and since I hadn’t produced an actual film project since 2019 I was happy to jump in. There were 13 filmmakers in the collective, each created stunningly original and diverse films.
‘Reverie’ was my contribution to the project. Conceived, produced, shot and edited over 5 and a half months. It was a welcome diversion from the other, equally rewarding, but sometime very administrative, work I am doing (Wa Na Wari, etc). It’s not a project I would have created if not invited to do so, and thus is an important reminder of how important it is to keep creating as consistently as possible. Every effort doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s just important to create, create, create as a matter of practice. I rarely feel like I have enough time as I’d like to make film. Maybe this project has shaken up my perceptions on that in an important way. ‘Sometimes you just gotta make time’ is a lesson that I know, but also seem to forget when it comes to certain things.
You can view the entire Solar Utopias film series on the Office of Arts and Culture’s Youtube channel: