Outdoor Vision Fest® (OVF) began with a core belief that contemporary media students needed to think beyond single-channel media and explore cutting-edge technologies that enabled audience interaction with — and immersion in — moving-image experiences and environments.
But the unexpected bonus, one of my favorite painters for decades: John McLaughlin (in, surprisingly, his first major posthumous retrospective). To get all art-theory (from the LA Times): “[his] negative space allows consciousness to blossom and manifest itself.”
And you can’t get any better than that.
And like that, it’s 2017. Safe to say we can expect the unexpected in the coming 12 months…
In the meantime, I continue my professorship at The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. During the Fall semester, the 5th season of our flagship initiative — Shoot the Stars!® — concluded principal photography, and I produced the last of our Season 4 promos spotlighting the films’ student producers. In the midst of the semester, I headed to the Big Apple to speak on a panel at the All American High School Film Festival about breaking into the entertainment business.
Outdoor Vision Fest® — which I continue to executive produce — heads towards its 6th iteration on April 28, 2017 (put it on your calendar and plan to attend if you’re in northern New Mexico).
A couple of new projects are underway and under wraps … details to come in the months ahead—
For the past two years, I’ve been producing media installations underwritten by New Mexico Arts, and debuting during the annual Fantase Fest, an initiative of Creative Santa Fe. These installations are an outgrowth of Santa Fe University of Art and Design‘s Outdoor Vision Fest, an annual event which I co-founded and have been executive-producing since 2011.
As a screenwriting professor, my first priority is providing undergraduates a taste of the process of story development and screenwriting. If all goes well, at least some of those students will find a path into the world of media creation and will always know about some of the challenges and hurdles of screenwriting (rather than thinking any idiot can write a screenplay); a much smaller number may be involved in the development process or even be writing scripts themselves.
Around May 20, a student said to me: “Enjoying the summer so far?” Implicit in the question is that professors — the moment they turn in grades (and maybe right after their last lecture) — bask on a tropical beach, or putter about gardening, or … maybe just twiddle their thumbs waiting for the next semester to start.
For the second year in a row, readers of the Santa Fe Reporter have nominated Outdoor Vision Fest® as “Best (Event or Festival) of Santa Fe.” Now readers are selecting the winner for the category — and I would love anyone reading this to head on over to this webpage, and cast your vote for OVF® as “Best (Event or Festival).”
It seems a tad unfair that OVF is pitted against multi-day and sometimes multi-week festivals — and I would point out that the only other one-night-only event nominated in this category is the annual burning of Zozobra, which has been going on for nearly a century. (Environmental and safety note: we don’t burn anything at OVF.)