It’s been a heady week for Outdoor Vision Fest™, the annual Santa Fe University of Art and Design event that I (for lack of a better term) executive produce. A grant proposal I wrote secured funding for an “OVF Collective”/Fantase Fest installation to debut on June 20, 2015 (underwritten by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs). (An aside: worth reminding your local New Mexico state legislator that NM Arts should get fully funded this year!)
And, just as excitingly, OVF was nominated by readers of the Santa Fe Reporter as “Best (Event) of Santa Fe,” competing — incredibly — against festivals like Indian Market and Santa Fe Fiestas, which have been around for many decades.
In 2010, then Graphic Design Professor Stephen Lee and I brainstormed possible collaborations between the worlds of interactive design and cinematic arts within the confines of Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD). The result was Outdoor Vision Fest™ (OVF), which debuted in April 2011. Lo these many years later, I continue to shepherd (or executive produce) OVF, now in its 5th iteration — working side-by-side with incredibly talented faculty colleagues and students across multiple disciplines and departments. In the 5 years, OVF has grown into a significant community event and launchpoint for artistic installations and even careers.
Our show night this year is May 1, 2015 — right on the campus of SFUAD. Here’s this year’s sizzle reel:
I had the pleasure of participating in the inaugural George RR Martin Screenwriting Grant as one of the WGA professionals judging submissions and selecting a winning entry — which turned out to be a proposed television series entitled “Disempowered,” written by Santa Fean Kevin Atkinson, and awarded to him on November 8 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.
The grant was administered by the New Mexico Film Foundation, aiming to grow the above-the-line talent in the state, and was open only to state residents.
You can soak up some of the vibe from the award night (which also dovetailed with the 20th anniversary screening of Earth 2, a TV series shot in New Mexico and at Garson Studios), and catch a few more photos of me hanging out with my screenwriting colleagues at this NM Film Foundation photo album.
A recap of Outdoor Vision Fest™ 2014, produced by RiffRaff Media. I’m featured in a few of the faculty soundbites.
Co-principals Kathleen Dexter and Joanna Smith-Thole are launching a quarterly screenplay table reading series featuring some of the best actors in Santa Fe, including my Santa Fe University of Art and Design faculty colleagues Liam Lockhart (fellow UC Berkeley and UCLA alum) and Alaina Zachary.
The event has asked me to offer professional commentary and facilitate some discussion at the conclusion of the table reading.
Table reads are always illuminating, and though the actors will have scripts in front of them, this is a real, rehearsed performance. So come on down if you’re in Santa Fe on this Monday evening, and help kick off this series — definitely a new venue for work in The City Different.
A brand-new script reading series — Black Shirt Reads — is debuting in Santa Fe next week (more details to come), and as part of that, I’ll be guesting on KSFR-FM‘s weekly Cinema Scope this Friday night (October 17), 6:30pm, at 101.1 on the old radio dial. (If you’re out of the broadcast area, or have decided radios are a relic of the 20th century, you can also stream the broadcast live, of course.)
Black Shirt Reads is the brainchild of co-principals Kathleen Dexter and Joanna Smith-Thole, who have both studied with local screenwriter Kirk Ellis and placed well in screenwriting competitions. With the demise of the long-running Screenwriting Conference at Santa Fe (where both Kirk and I served as faculty for a number of years), they’ve developed a quarterly event to produce and deliver table readings with some of the best actors in town .