Cuatro meses de arduo trabajo, retos, fustraciones, esperanzas, y sobretodo ganas de ver mi primer Documental en tierra canadiense. Hoy, les puedo anunciar, Where the Magic Happens,mi primer corto documental, ha nacido, y pronto, muy pronto podran verlo en las redes sociales. Esta ha sido la gran razon, por la que apenas he podido sentarme a escribir.
Where the Magic Happens, me ha quitado el sueño, y llenado de inmensas alegrias. Me ha dejado sin espacio para escribir aqui en mi amado blog. Debo agradecerle a muchas personas quienes me apoyaron, estuvieron conmigo desde el nacimiento de la idea, y me aportaron su valioso tiempo, amor, y sobretodo talento para que mi obra saliera adelante. Sin ellos, ni ustedes, aun Where the Magic Happens,fuera una utopia.
Hoy, es ya una realidad, que debo seguir puliendolo, y demostrando que soy capaz de hacer lo que me propongo. Gracias tambien a aquelllos que se opusieron, e hicieron posible redoblar mi marcha…Y enfrentarme a nuevos caminos. La magia si existe!!! Cada dia creo mas en ello. Tambien, ayuda tener pasion, y tener talento!!!.
Where the Magic Happens is, Nine stories, nine countries: A short documentary that illustrates the challenges of painters, visual artists, entrepreneurs, and a sales representative. They tell us about how they immigrated and settled in Toronto, this amazing and multicultural city.
¿Qué se necesita para alcanzar los objetivos propuestos?
Ayer mientras conversaba vía messenger con mi gran amiga, y hermana espiritual Arema Arega, quién es una maravillosa artista: Músico, pintora, diseñadora, y para colmos excelente consejera. Ambas concordamos que nuestros pequeños logros desde que vivimos fuera de nuestra Cuba, ha sido nuestra gran PERSEVERANCIA y pasión con que nos entregamos a realizar las cosas.
Hoy, después de haberme ganado un fondo de arte para desarrollar mi documental en Toronto. Aquí, pueden encontrar la info. Ganar este Micro-Grant me ha dado uno de los mas felices momentos de mi vida en Canada. Agradezco infinitamente que existan estas plataformas en Toronto, para ayudar a incertivar el arte en los nuevos inmigrantes. Maravillosa idea de acogernos y hacernos parte de la sociedad canadiense.
Al poner la noticia en mi FB, muchos conocidos me escribieron preguntándome ¿Qué hice para ganarme esto? ¿Como lo logré?…
Halifax production company takes premier to task over digital tax credit comments
By:Sarah RaeFor Metro HalifaxPublished on Fri Apr 08 2016.
John Wesley Chisholm and the Arcadia Entertainment team want Premier Stephen McNeil to know they do indeed exist.
That was the purpose of Friday’s “existential press conference” at Arcadia’s Quinpool Road offices.
“Yesterday the Premier of Nova Scotia said that we don’t exist, and I’m here to say that we do,” Chisholm, president of Arcadia, said to media surrounded by his colleagues.
The clip he’s referring to shows McNeil speaking to media, talking about the full time, permanent jobs provided by the digital tax credit. When a reporter says that’s exactly what’s said about the film tax credit, McNeil replies “we didn’t see that.”
The film tax credit had been in use for 20 years but was cut last year by the Liberals. In response to protests, a tax credit specifically for digital and animation media was re-introduced, leaving out live-action productions like those Arcadia creates.
One of Arcadia’s most popular programs is Hope for Wildlife, which airs in more than 100 countries and profiles the wildlife rescue of the same name. Hope for Wildlife staff and a few of the animals they care for, including a skunk, were also at the rally.
There are more than 30 full time staff employed by Arcadia, and Chisholm said he’d like McNeil to know many of them have had their jobs longer than he’s had his as premier.
Andrew Killawee, a writer and director, said he’s had his job for 14 years, since before McNeil was an MLA.
“Fourteen years is as full time a job as you can get,” he said. “They exist here in the province and the premier has to own up and either say what he really thinks or he’s got to come clean and have some serious talks with us because we’re in crisis mode.”
Chisholm said he and the rest of the staff just want to get back to doing their jobs, and they need support if they’re going to be able to do that.
“Our roots are here, our shows are here, Hope for Wildlife is not going anywhere,” he said.
“They’re going to keep rescuing 3,000 plus animals a year and we’re going to keep telling those stories to the world, but we need the tools to do it.”
La industria del cine y la televisión de Nova Scotia y su gran crisis.
Segunda Entrevista especial para el blog: Kelli Morehouse
En el post de Febrero 28 les expliqué el gran Éxodo que ha sufrido la Industria de cine y televisión de Nova Scotia, del cual mi familia y yo formamos parte. Desde este espacio prometí ir entregándoles opiniones de algunos de nuestros amigos y colegas, trabajadores afectados por la crisis de la Industria de Cine y TV. Mi manera de hacer justicia ante tan mala decisión provincial.
Para los que no estén informados, que paso allí en la lejana y bella provincia Nova Scotia, les hago un resumito, también les invito a que lean mis anteriores post sobre el tema y las entrevistas que Chris Brown me ofreció para el blog.
Kelli Morehouse, durante Diez y nueve décadas ha trabajado en la Industria de cine y TV de Nova Scotia. Morehouse es Prop Master, ha trabajado en todos los grandes proyectos internacionales que se han filmado en Nova Scotia, tales como: Trailer park boys 2 features; Moby dick feature; Drunk and on drugs series; Lizzie Borden series; Mr. D series.
Kelli Morehouse, de manera muy amable accedió a responder mis tres preguntas
Can you explain how the new Nova Scotia film tax incentive fund works?
How to explain the new incentive fund is not so simple! My understanding of it in talking with friends, producers, production managers is that the fund is very difficult to maneuver with no guaranty after jumping through all the hoops you will get any funding. How are productions suppose to do a budget without realistically knowing what they will receive in funding or even if there is anything left in the fund. I have no doubt that the NS government has no idea how their new fund is suppose to work either, especially the new business agency in charge of the fund, they don’t have a very good record of investing wisely . I truly believe the government didn’t really think things through and did not do there do diligence on the financial impact on the province and it’s citizens .
How did the change to the tax incentive fund affect your life?
The obvious answer to how the new fund has changed my life is of course financially as it is for all of the film community and it’s suppliers. In actuality it is so much more than that, the community has been torn apart with friends and families leaving the province in search for film work in other provinces that are busy especially with the low Canadian dollar. In some cases families are being split up where a spouse goes to find work or they have to make a tough decision to try and sell the family home in a very difficult market. This is a province that doesn’t have a lot of opportunities with good paying jobs and careers, the film industry was one, the provincial government doesn’t understand that! I have worked my butt off for 19 yrs in this province in the film industry making a career for myself along with my friends and that has not always been easy but we as a community have built a reputation internationally which we are very proud of. To have everything we as a community and have worked so hard for over the past 25 yrs dismantled in one uneducated decision without consultation is the act of a reckless government . The financial impact is so much greater in our economy with local business and personal tax revenue no longer contributing the amount of money it did to the province before the changes.
I moved back to this province 23 years ago after living and working out west because I love Nova Scotia and with hard work and professional integrity I could have a good career within the province I chose to live in, now I am no longer certain of that and may have to leave for financial reasons. I am not alone in this dilemma as you and Chris have had to make and countless other friends, the way I see it is we are one big family being torn apart. In hard times you need your family around you whether it is a hug a meal or as simply as familiar, they are your people and that to me is what our community was.
Your opinion and what do suggest?
So my dear friend this is my opinion on how the NS incentive fund has changed the film industry in our province. Good job keeping people in the province Stephen MacNeil !!
Otros colegas y amigos se han ofrecido a colaborar y aportar sus opiniones sobre este tema, que no solo es provincial, sino que nos afecta a muchos a nivel internacional.