Joanne Mary Agnes Babiak
Nanaimo, British Columbia firstname.lastname@example.org
Biography/Artist & Purpose Statement
As I prepare to pack up my two decade long residency in the Okanagan to move to Nanaimo and area I believe that synchronicity or 'fortunate happenstance has led me to 'accidentally discover the outstanding opportunity to apply to become the debut Artist in Residence at The Haven on spectacularly picturesque Gabriola Island.
Wishing, hoping and praying to one day live by the ocean ever since I was 16 and starting my work life it is now at this pivotal juncture in my life after a diverse career as a primary teacher that I am now am powerfully drawn to the lure of island life and living intimately connected to this unique island and to the water surrounding it in all directions.
Well versed in social media (Facebook, Blogger & Twitter) as a result of earning my Graduate Diploma in Educational Technology at the University of Calgary I bring both my diverse experience and background gained during my diverse career in schools in Alberta, British Columbia and California as well as new century technological awareness and know how to this new opportunity.
Hence even though my application is pushing on the deadline for consideration I have worked at updating my art blogs including this one to present my petition to become the FIRST artist in residence at The Haven.
International (English as a Second Language) Teacher Training Organization,Guadalajara, Mexico, February, 2012
Educational and Experiential Background:
Visual ArtsOkanagan School of the Arts/ Penticton/Fiction and Documentary Filmmaking
Vernon Community Arts Center/ Collage
Soul Collage Workshop in Vancouver
Vancouver Island School of the Arts/ Mixed Media
Gulf Island Film and Television School/ Black & White Super 8 Experimental Film
Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Super 8 Experimental Film at EyeLens Film Festival
The New Road Length: 4:16
Produced during the Adult Media Intensive Program (March 17 - 23, 2002) by Krystal Kehoe, Jake Gilchrist, and Joanne Babiak. A man finds himself alone and a stranger in a strange place. While hitchhiking, he is picked up by an unusual couple. The film relates what happens to him enroute to The New Road.
Screened at the EyeLens Festival on Galiano Island & Beach Blanket Film Festival in Penticton
Type in The New Road on the search box to view on http://www.giftsfilms.com/film-library
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Have crewed as production assistant on number of short films and a television pilot (Tomorrow's Memoirs) http://www.tomorrowsmemoir.com/home and a Canadian Feature Length Film, 'Ill Fated' directed by Mark Lewis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcGAKyBEtao
Production Assistant for Bravo! funded short film, 'Dance of the Little Old Men' directed by Kulchera Matson http://dotlom.wordpress.com
Escuela International Cine y Television/ Havana, Cuba in summer of 2010
Documentary Filmmaking/ 11 minute documentary called, 'Nowhere Man'
which was premiered at the Ryerson Latin American Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario in November 2010 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spanish-
NOWHERE MAN was filmed on location in Old Havana, Cuba during the summer of 2010. This eleven minute documentary chronicles the plight of a balsero (or raft person) from the Mariel Boat Lift in the early 80s and how he successfully escaped the oppressive communist Castro regime on an inner tube raft on the Florida Strait in eight hours only to find himself deported back to Havana twenty years later older but perhaps no wiser. We follow Roberto during a typical day as a street hustler preying upon tourists in Vieje Habana as he struggles to supplement his meager income acting as a tour guide as well as attempting to plot his way out of Cuba once more. The next time for good.
American premiere: Ellensburg International Film Festival October 2011
Trailer for 'Nowhere Man'
Most recently I was a researcher for an Islands Trust documentary project and spent 3 weeks on Galiano Island at the Gulf Island Film and Television School in October of 2011. I worked for Gumboot Film Productions.
Emily Carr University/ Mixed Media Program/
'The Built Surface' http://www.ecuad.ca/programs/courses/CEPN/165
Active Membership in Ajijic Society of the Arts in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico http://ajijicart.weebly.com/
Coming up: Attendance at Nick Bantlock's 'The Trickster's Tail' Collage Class in July, 2012
I've also facilitated two out for the three Julia Cameron Artist Way books, The Artist Way and Walking in the World. I'm starting Finding Water next month with an online Artist Way Facebook group.
I've also starting an online daily art journalling class with Shelly Klammer in Vancouver called ' Empower Yourself Through Creativity'
In the performing arts realm, I have been the prop mistress and set dresser for three community theatre companies and am very interested in the Gabriola Island Little Theatre company now that I know that a relocation to Vancouver Island is imminent. Next winter, I plan to get involved with the Lake Chapala Little Theatre which is Mexico's longest standing English speaking live theatre with their own playhouse right in San Antonio up the careterra from Ajijic where I spent the last winter.
Past Production Pictures of Sets for 'Maggie's Getting Married', 'Don't Dress For Dinner', & 'Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii' for Many Hats Theatre Company in Penticton
Bare Bones Theatre Company 'On Golden Pond', 'The Odd Couple' & 'Crimes of the Heart'
Summerland Singers and Players 'Nuncrackers' & 'The Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever'
Progress Theatre Company Prop Mistress for 'Wit', Screen Projectionist for 'Merchant of Venice' & Producer/Set Designer/Dresser for 'Boom!' A play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Screen Projection for 'Girl Talk' for Penticton and District Womens' Centre
Director/Producer and Set Designer for 23 Live Performances of The Nativity Story for the 'Walk to Bethlehem' Christmas event at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church on Martin Street in Downtown Penticton, December 2007
Art Blogs for Luna Azul Mixed Media & Film Flam Productions
Digital Sketch IPad Art Journal
Film Flam Productions
Graduate School Art Blog