Set in the public space, DAWN/S explores the rebirth and transformation into a new being, that keeps, nevertheless, the essence of what is left behind.
Mt. Tamalpais, sentinel peak of the San Francisco Bay Area, is considered sacred by many… native and non-native alike. In 1950, the military bulldozed the highest peak of the mountain to build an Air Force Station tasked with directing jet interceptors and short range Nike nuclear missiles against the potential threat of Russian nuclear bombers. By 1980 the base was obsolete and summarily closed. The military literally walked away from dozens of structures, leaving behind a huge toxic mess on the mountain. Through the use of historical footage, 3D reconstruction, interviews and breathtaking timelapse cinematography, this 20-minute film, narrated and co-written by Peter Coyote, explores the history of Tam’s West Peak and how local citizens have been fighting to restore their mountain to a natural state. invisiblepeak.com © 2014 Gary Yost
The is the 1280x720 version. If you have a large monitor and a high-speed internet connection with excellent bandwidth you can watch the 1920x1080 version at: vimeo.com/83733185
Ancestor akua (spirits) embodied by Māmane tree bones. These trees are on Kohala mountain, the first volcano that rose from the seabed to create the Big Island of Hawaii. For more information about Māmane, including how their branches are used by Hawaiians to create dry-land sled runners (yes, sled runners), see: tinyurl.com/qb4njbc
In the early 1900s, along with the Palila bird, Māmane trees sued the Hawaii Dept of Land and Resources for protection from overgrazing: tinyurl.com/pvjyxp5
Shot with a 650 nanometer infrared conversion by Lifepixel. Posted in After Effects and FCPX.
Special thanks to Nahua Guilloz at the Parker Ranch, Waimea.
Pre-European Chant: “Ku’u wahine i ka ua ‘Ulalena” by Charles Albert Manu’alkohanaiki’illili Boyd
My lady in the ‘Ulalena rain
That tears the blossom of the makahala
The travelers sitting by the trail
Chant of the grass blossoms at Lanihuli
My lady has turned by mistake
To dream, unintentionally of the kawelu grass
Being jerked about at Lele-a-‘anae
Perhaps she stands on Waipuhia
Where the Ki’owao wind blows
Tearing off the tips of the ‘iihihi leaves
And leaving them at Ka’ana-ka-hinahina
The lady eschews the water of Kahaukomo
And goes to the flowing water of Kahua-i-Iana-wai
Made cold is she by the rain that soaks the koa (tree) leaves
Love for you has drawn itself to me
And is hiding here within the person
Settling itself in its house, the mind
In our lehua (tree blossom) laden house at Kinimakalehua.
My constant companion in the dark misty rain
The rain that makes Ko’olau almost as dark as night
My companion in the shade of the ti and of the kulrui (tree)
The shade of the lrukui grove of Kaho’iwai
Your greatest gift to us is your love
And that is a gift I now cherish
Let it not be disregarded and treated as naught
A name chant ~ a name chant for Pauahi the chiefess.
To read about how this short film was made, see: tinyurl.com/k3lz2uc
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For this film, virgin is used in the original sense:
“Virgin was a label of strength and independence by being used to describe the goddesses who were immune to the temptations of Dionysus, Greek god of seduction and wine. Virginity was once a term of power.” ~Palo Alto Medical Foundation
is about RECLAIMING
our HIGHEST TRAITS
Sexual energy is creative energy ~ ecstasy ~ in its pure form. Early childhood sexual abuse and deforestation are violations of this energy that wound individuals and influence whole communities.
Those who speak for the protection of forests are rarely disconnected enough from living to suggest that trees are never to be cut. We simply request an ethos of respect grounded in an intuitive practice of discernment that accounts for the life of every tree and the whole forest community.
VIRGIN documents healing ceremonies in redwood forests of California, using poetry and song to convey a message of compassion for the perpetrator and victim in all of us.
I chose the title VIRGIN during my own healing process, as I discovered physical and emotional boundaries I’d never before claimed and considered how we use virgin as a term for intact, old growth forest.
a short bit on life with Clare Hedin, Suellen Primost, and Megan Hollingsworth; footage from VIRGIN.
copyright Tree Ring Productions & ex•tinc•tion wit•ness
This short film of Feral Theatre’s ‘Funeral for Lost Species’ shows highlights from the performance and sculpture installation at St Peter’s Church, Brighton Fringe Festival, May 2011. Many artists contributed to this innovative exploration of extinction and ecological grief, in which audiences and participants engaged on a visceral and emotional level with humankind’s power to destroy and create. feraltheatre.co.uk
Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow feature film captures extraordinary moments of contact between people and animals as seen through the lens of the artist’s camera on more than thirty expeditions to some of the earth’s most remote places. Written, directed, produced, and filmed by Gregory Colbert, it is a poetic field study that depicts the world not as it is, but as it might be—a world in which the natural and artificial boundaries separating humans from other species do not exist. The viewing experience is one of wonder and contemplation, serenity, and hope.
Edited by two-time Oscar-winner Pietro Scalia; narrated by actors Laurence Fishburne (English), Enrique Roche (Spanish), and Ken Watanabe (Japanese). Musical collaborators include Michael Brook, David Darling, Heiner Goebbels, Lisa Gerrard, Lukas Foss, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Djivan Gasparyan.