I had an excellent time at AVCon a few weekends ago! Thanks to everyone who came and said hi, and bought shiny things from me! Also, the Blackwoolholiday etsy shop will be re-launched in the next few weeks and will feature lots of new stuff, so stay tuned. :
Okay, so this is quite late, but I really wanted to share the story of the strangest birthday I’ve ever had. A heartfelt thankyou to everyone who gave of their time to make my 25th special. You are wonderful.
One of the most important lessons I have learned in Iceland. Thanks to everyone who helped teach me that. Also a huge thankyou to everyone who watched this series and supported me. Love to you all.
I apologize for the emotional weight of this one, I promise the last Film Letter will be a little gentler on the feelings! I just have to be honest about how things are.
Music: You are a memory, by Message To Bears – used with kind permission of the artist.
Last week, in our mad, pre-festival editing marathon, a team from RUV Iceland’s National News came to visit and interview us for a piece they were making! It was so exciting!
See this link for the article: http://www.ruv.is/sarpurinn/frettir/21022014/althjodleg-kvikmyndahatid-a-skagastrond
As you have no doubt noticed, there has been a period of silence on my end, due to the extreme pressure of our festival deadline! We have all been working madly to finishe editing and shooting last minute bits and pieces, and there has been many late nights and cups of coffee and naps on couches. BUT! We made our deadline, and the Skagastrond screening has been a fantastic success!
Friday 21st February
The festival officially opened on Friday night with a lovely intimate gathering at the Cafe. We all had drinks and chatted and relaxed for the first time in weeks. There was also a screening of all 8 of my completed Film Letters, which received a great response!
Saturday 22nd February
The day began with an afternoon screening at the local town hall, of Oz the Great and Powerful for the local kids. There was an abundance of popcorn and soft drinks and comfy floor cushions! A good number of the kids turned up and had a great time, which was really wonderful to see.
Many of us sat out in the sun-filled foyer and did absolutely nothing for the afternoon, which was bliss.
Doing absolutely nothing
Melody and Tim being wonderful children in front of the TWOM logo.
Saturday evening was the main event, with all of our films screening together (both completed and polished works-in-progress). The turn out was more than we could have hoped for, the room was packed, and there were people there we had never even spoken to before! Each of us gave a brief introduction to our piece, and at the end we all stood up to take a bow and to our delight and surprise, recieved a standing ovation! After the screening, many of the guests stayed to have coffee and cake and chat with us. I was assured by a number of people that my Icelandic was indeed understandable, and that they admired my courage. It was a pretty nerve-wracking experience, showing my film to native speakers!
We will be showing our films again in Reykjavik this coming Friday, which is a very exciting prospect!
“Hjatru” – Superstitions. I muse on the strange and dreamlike nature of my time here.
I am here to tell you about the importance…of Things.
While I was there, I got myself a shiny new lens, which I absolutely love! It is a 70mm – 300mm, so it is can get super close. I had such a fun time wandering about the city, taking photos of all the tiny details I wouldn’t usually be able to capture. I only got a few weird looks for hanging about taking photos of people’s windows…
I love the colours of Reykjavik, and the textures.
This is part of an epic mural on a two story house, which, unfortunately,
I could not capture with my shiny new lens, as it was too long…oops.
This cat was hiding from another older grey cat, and trying to sneak in through the grey cat’s
catflap when he wasn’t paying attention. I stayed and watched their antics for a little
while, this one reminded me a bit of my housemate’s cat at home.
Pretty much every house I looked into (they aren’t big on curtains in Iceland) looked like a wonderfully quirky,
cosy place that I would quite happily inhabit. So many awesome houses must mean an abundance of awesome people!
Then I got to see the inside of one of these beautiful buildings!
This is Adda’s house, a friend of Melody’s. We visited her and her daughter Ronja for dinner before the concert.
They were both so lovely and really interesting, self-confident people, and it was such a treat to spend
some time in their home. Look at all this cool old stuff!
Stay tuned for the further adventures of Emily and the rad new lens!
– Em xoxo
“Vetrarvöld” – the power of winter.
Music by Chris Zabriskie, CC www.chriszabriskie.com
I just wanted to share with you the results of a cooking adventure I had the other day. I discovered earlier on that the little black and red berries that grow wild and abundantly over the cape behind our house, are in fact crowberries! I had never heard of this tiny, hardy and surprisingly useful fruit before I got to Iceland, though Rachel says they grow where she used to live in the USA. Having always dreamed of collecting wild berries, I cannot express how childishly excited this discovery made me! Last week, I spent an hour on my own wandering among moss covered boulders and frozen pools, collecting these gems and listening to the roar of the sea down below. It was utterly magical.
A few days later, I decided to have a cooking day, and I began with my first attempt at jam making, using the crowberries, and some fresh cranberries I had found in the local supermarket. The jam was a definite success! I was worried it might not set properly, but the consistency turned out just right!
I then realised that I had nothing to try out the jam on, so I made myself a loaf of spiced sweet damper bread, with ginger, cinnamon and cardamon.
Lastly, I have finally managed to source all the necessary ingredients for my chai recipe! I’ve been desperate for chai for a few weeks now, but it was surprisingly hard to get my hands on all the spices I needed. But at last I was able to sit down with a dinner of grilled zucchini slices, a cup of chai, some spiced damper and homemade wild crowberry jam.
Last week I went to Reykjavik to see it in the daylight for the first time!
Music: “Prelude 8″ and “Prelude 9″ by Chris Zabriskie (CC)