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Charismatic Megafauna- wolf reintroduction film with live musical accompaniment

I have a new flick at The Hollywood Theatre presented as part of the Sound and Vision Fest and The EFF Fest, the new experimental film festival in Portland
This is a new piece I made, Charismatic Megafauna.
It is 50 minutes long and consists of footage that was shot by biologists during the wolf capture (in Canada) and reintroduction in to the USA in the mid 90's. There also is 16mm footage that I shot when I lived in Chicago in the early 80's with a wolfdog.
This piece gives you a behind the scenes look at the reintroduction.
I have been making a big piece on the wolf reintroduction for 12 years now, and this is the third wolf related video installation or movie I have made out of the subject matter, along the way to completing the huge flick, The Land Piranhas. This is the first piece that I included humans in, and although I am all for the wolf reintroduction, watching all the manipulation and processing that we humans are doing to these animals makes me feel a bit like, ALIEN INVASION!!!!!
Also, the footage of my wolfdog included in this piece...why do people have wolfdogs?... so out of place in the landscape. the landscape that we manage to death.....what is it about the charismatic megafauna that attracts us so?

There are no words spoken in this film. It is accompanied by the formidable musicians Lori Goldston, Dylan Carlson, Greg Campbell and Jessica Kinney.
There is a small snippet of it here, as well as more info on the musicians.
 http://www.lorigoldston.com/charismatic-megafauna/

My short film, Mighty Tacoma, scored by Lori Goldston, will also play that night.
As the t-shirt said- Tacoma, 365,000 alcoholics can't be wrong!

We will just be coming back from San Francisco, where we blew people's minds with these pieces at Other Cinema as part of a co-presentation with The Exploratorium.

Show Info:
Sunday May 27th
7 PM
The Hollywood Theater
4122 NE Sandy Blvd, 97212
$12 admission
but tickets here:
 http://hollywoodtheatre.org/sv-presents-vanessa-renwicks-charismatic-megafauna/

there also is a little more on it here:
 http://urbanhonking.com/plazm/2012/05/02/transformation-with-vanessa-renwick/

homepage: homepage: http://www.odoka.org/the_work/charismatic_megafauna/