Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sneak Preview of Canadian Documentary on Wicca

How many times do you get an opportunity to be involved in making a documentary about your beliefs, at least in name only? While I am not a Wicca, this was a very very special presentation that I hope we provided her enough honour by attending to her offer to let us see her work, and her work in progress. She was very amenible to feedback from us as well.

Arwen Hunter presented a film documentary about Wicca attempting to show rather than tell a balanced view of what Wicca is, respecting that Wiccans would like to be able to have some say in the definition and message of that. Her choice of images and sound bites in from a variety of talking heads worked well, showing that there is diversity and divergence as well as similarity and convergence.

Her work was, in my not so humble opinion, one of the best documentary works about Wicca I have seen to date....and the exciting part is that it was not finished yet. While she was at the conference, she gave us the opportunity to add our voices and imput to her film. I know afterwards, she asked for some imput, and some of the people attending provided film and interview commentary to add to it. The discussion we had of the film was cozy and intimate, with the majority of us it seemed were pleased with it. Thank you Sam, for suggesting we add this lady and her work to the conference agenda.

This was just one of the many fabulous things that happened at the conference.

So, if you knowledge of exciting projects or artists on the cutting edge, or theatre work or what have you like this, feel free to to make a suggestion to the Guelph committee, or the Board of Directors. This is how exciting programming happens....organically from you. We invite your input, as we respectfully know that the show is about all of us, not just what we think it should be.

I would like to thank Bythor, Sam, Amanda, and Lucie for working so hard on this conference. We had the privilege of hosting an outstandingly high quality group of conference participants. Thanks so much for allowing me the privilege of being a part of this.

Charlene /\

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