We look forward to sharing our film across the UNC-TV airwaves and their NC CHANNEL on Monday, Nov. 7th at 9pm and again on Wednesday, Nov. 9th @ 3am and 12pm. Check local listings for additional screenings in coming months.
I’m very happy to celebrate Georges Rousse’s 2006 transformative public art project in Durham with a 10th Anniversary screening of Bending Space: Georges Rousse and the Durham Project on Sunday, October 9th @ 8pm at the Carolina Theatre of Durham.
Bending Space holds a special place in my filmmaking heart and in my ‘catalogue’ of artist docs. I like to say it’s aged like a fine wine. The film is a great snapshot of Downtown Durham just before the boom, a time when restaurants and bars were scarce and parking spaces plentiful. The film also captures an inspirational story about the power of public art and celebrates the creative process of visionary French photographer/installation artist Rousse. A decade after Penelope Maunsell and I documented Rousse’s project and produced Bending Space, much has changed in Durham. The film is a catalyst for dialogue about the relationships and tensions between the arts and development in a rapidly changing urban landscape.
Tickets are $10.75 and available at the Carolina Theatre of Durham box office, 919.560.3030.
Our film screened at La Triennale Internationale Des Arts Textiles en Outaouais 2016 as part of a new film series. The collections of films that explore contemporary, enthnocultural, and historical textile arts was presented in collaboration with the Cultural Diffusion Centres of the Outaouais.
South Writ Large is a quarterly online magazine that explores the culture of the changing South through its literature, art, music, psychology, and social patterns. The magazine grew out of the Global South Working Group, based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where, beginning in 2007, authors, artists, psychoanalysts, historians, social scientists, documentarians, and other humanists have met regularly to share recent work and to discuss the dreams, history, symbols, art, music, migrations, transplants, and interactions that link the southern United States to the wider world.
From the Spring edition….
“I am the captain of my soul.” ― William Ernest Henley
Confinement takes many forms, binding us physically, mentally, or emotionally. Our Spring 2014 issue looks at confinement in its broadest interpretation and examines the ways in which creative expression can open the door to healing or survival for some prisoners of the body or mind. We are inspired by the line above, from William Ernest Henley’s poem Invictus, reiterated by Nelson Mandela when describing his ability to grow into the fullness of his humanity while imprisoned. Contributors to this issue explore the interplay of creativity and confinement in their own lives through written and artistic forms of expression, testifying to the power of self-expression to flourish in even the harshest of conditions.
We have a special screening of A Weaverly Path at the Durham Arts Council on Thursday, February 6th at 8pm as part of the landmark exhibit
“Silvia Heyden & Edith London: Together Again”. The evening begins at 7pm with an Artist Talk by Ms. Heyden. The free exhibit features 30 Heyden tapestries and 30 London paintings. This is a wonderful celebration of two Durham, NC powerhouse artists and is not to be missed. Runs through Feb. 28th.
Check out Gussie Fauntleroy’s article in the Summer 2013 issue of Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot.
A Weaverly Path screens at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center on Thursday, August 29th @ 7pm. Q&A follows the screening with local weavers Mary Flad, Diane Arcieri, and Robin Beveridge, all artists with work in the “Textures” exhibit at the center. 317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Chatham Country Arts Council screens A Weaverly Path as part of their Sustainable Cinema Series on Wednesday, November 28th @ 7pm. Silvia and Kenny will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A.
Admission is $5 at the door. Fearrington Village is located midway between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro on Highway 15-501 South.
Join Silvia Heyden and Assistant Director Marybeth Dugan for a screening of Weaverly Path at the Durham Country Library on Tuesday, October 16th @ 7pm. The screening takes place in the 1st floor auditorium of the Main Library (300 N. Roxboro St. Durham, NC 27701). Admission is free.
Video Librarian, July 31, 2012
“I hear colors,” says Silvia Heyden, an 82-year-old Swiss-American who weaves tapestries in her sunny North Carolina home. Heyden approaches her art synesthetically, often with one sense expressing as another (as she says at one point, “I have an eye in each finger.”). The pieces she works on over the year covered in this appealing documentary are part of a series capturing the colors and movement of the waters of the Eno River. In filmmaker Kenny Dalsheimer’s A Weaverly Path, the very articulate Heyden talks as she works her enormous loom using her hands and feet, interweaving stories about her history, music (she plays the violin daily, and likens the strings of the loom to those of the instrument), and craft. Heyden’s work is remarkable: a pair of tapestries now residing at Wake Forest University are gargantuan renderings of two musical compositions, Bach’s Chaconne and Buxtehude’s Passacaglia. By the end of this absorbing portrait of the artist—marked by gorgeous camerawork and thoughtful editing—viewers begin to truly see Heyden’s interconnected world of beauty, sound, and movement. Highly recommended.