: Ecology and Film
This course is for anyone who is interested in merging video art and ecology as a way of exploring their personal relationship to the natural world. Participants will be guided in how to refocus their senses to feel nature as a living web of interconnections they are a part of, and tap into their own creativity to translate this awareness into a short video piece.
The week will combine a short history of eco-art, guided and individual nature walks, small group projects, video and sound workshops, post production training and mentoring towards the creation of a short individual video project. The aim of this course is to re ignite a sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural ecosystems that sustain us, using the tools and skills of filmmaking to express and share this creative ecological awareness with others.
Claudia Medina began her career as a filmmaker fifteen years ago assisting acclaimed Canadian director Nettie Wild on her feature documentary "A Place Called Chiapas". Since then she has worked alongside a number of respected Canadian filmmakers as a writer, editor, production coordinator, field producer and shooter.
Claudia has been the recipient of numerous awards from the Canada Council of the Arts for her short dramatic films she has written, produced and directed. For the past two years she has also been collaborating with artists of different disciplines to create visual projections for performances,and live visuals for electronic musicians throughout Canada and in Barcelona. She also develops and implements curriculum for workshops that combine community development, conflict resolution and ecological awareness through filmmaking to diverse groups nationally and internationally.
Claudia has recently completed a master’s degree in Visual Culture from the University of Barcelona with a focus on visual culture and ecology.