Get a Glimpse of “Membrane”

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.

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Santuario: Timelessness and Transformation

Careers are always strange and unpredictable things. When I went to film school at UCLA, I never imagined that I would someday be writing scripts for videogames; it was, after all, the era of Pac-Man and Centipede. Power pellets and poisoned mushrooms aside, neither game was a media experience heavy on narrative.

The Santuario - in glorious daylight.
The Santuario – in glorious daylight.

The first time I came to Santa Fe as a Visiting Professor of Screenwriting, more than a decade ago, I (like nearly every tourist) visited the City Different’s beloved Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (typically known as the Santuario), the ancient Catholic church set along the Santa Fe River. Built at about the time the Declaration of Independence was being signed, the chapel served Santa Fe’s poor farmers alongside the river bank just west of downtown, and was devoted specifically to Our Lady of Guadalupe — whose own semiotics knits together Indian, Spanish, and Mexican cultural identities and puts a distinctly New World stamp on Catholicism.

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Outdoor Vision Fest – Nominated, “Best of Santa Fe”

SF Reporter logoIt’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.

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