marie-michele jasmin-belisle presents

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays !

With art and soul food, old books and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker suite, I wish you the happiest holidays from my family's Victorian mansion buried under snow in our tiny village, and pray for everyone to end the year on a high note, amidst personal victories, inner peace and joie de vivre ... :)

Monday, November 30, 2009

New management : 1680 Artists


Marie-Michele of 8h51 Digital Bohemia is now being represented and managed by 1680 Artists, a division of 1680PR, a PR firm located at the Albuquerque Studios.

This partnership is taking flight this month in New Mexico and will join the creative vision of Marie-Michele Jasmin-Belisle and Ken Lingad to push the boundaries of video loops into the stratosphere of world establishments, from fashion runways to boutique hotels, concert venues and cruise ships ... more shining stars and fireworks to come in upcoming news ... :)


Monday, November 9, 2009

Wonder Chamber goes to the land of Oz

Hello friends, a quick update to say that I recently received a personal invite from the Byron Bay Film Festival director to submit Wonder Chamber no 1 for the next edition of the festival, to be held March 5-13 2010 in Byron Bay, Australia (surfers' mecca, for those in the know :) )

The film is on its way and I will make sure to update you once I get the news - in the meantime, here is a link to the festival's website : http://www.bbff.com.au/

In their words :

We like to transport our audience away from this sub-tropical paradise and expose them to stories, people and places that are worlds away.

Sounds amazing !


Friday, October 2, 2009

The Loops

here is a 30 second sample of my new creative venture - creating custom designed loops for upscale establishments, bar & lounges, boutiques, spas and hotels .. video

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Wonder Chamber goes to Sun Valley

The latest - 'Wonder Chamber no 1' was selected to be part of the 5th edition of the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival this year, September 17-20.

It will be screened between a visual art documentary on the Nomadic tribes of the Sahara ('Footsteps of Africa') and 'Waking with the Kukai', on the hundred thousand Japanese monks and pilgrims that undertake a contemporary 1000 km long journey every year on Shikoku Island, in honor of Buddhism's Kingon school founder Kukai.

The screening is scheduled for Sunday morning at the Opera House (I love opera houses !) at 9:30.

For complete details, schedule and program : www.svspiritualfilmfestival.org

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wonder Chamber gets selected to show in London and Berlin !


Latest news amidst the Santa Fe heat wave  : 

Wonder Chamber no 1 was selected to be the opening film in a showcase to be presented in Berlin and London this summer. Curator Ming Turner selected pieces on the themes of the hybridisation of Asia, in a 2 hour showcase titled ''Simply Screen : In Betweeners of Asia''.

The screenings times and locations are as follows :

Berlin : Saturday August 8th, 6-8 pm, @ the Tanzfabric art center (Möckernstrasse 68, Berlin) 

London : Tuesday August 25th, 6-8 pm @ the M.P. Birla Millenium Gallery of London (4a Castletown road, West Kensington, London) ** nearest stations : West Kensington, Barons Court

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wonder Chamber EXPANDED






Now gone on to the festival circuit, I can't bring it live on the www, but here are a few stills of my latest piece _ a 4 minutes on sacredness _ ft. japan & new mexico


Friday, May 8, 2009

Nowa Cumig


Just finished the new Nowa Cumig Institute promo film, featuring excerpts from the Sacred Run 06, Longest Walk 08, Clean up Mother Earth Tour with Mary Sano, Tony Chapman & Dennis Banks, as well as the feature du jour, the Great Anishinabe Canoe Race Yamamoto Cup.


Amidst the waves of the Leech Lake in Ojibwe territory, Minnesota, then into the wonder land of Tokyo Japan and the Chiba prefecture where the master canoers, if that is a word, were taken for their grand prix.
Once the film has been screened in Japan in the coming week, a link to the video will be posted.

Photo below : yours truly on the roof of Omote Sando Hills, with M. Yamamoto, benefactor absolute of Nowa Cumig and namesake of the Yamamoto Cup. Photo by Takeo Koshikawa.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Montréal

Rë/Discovering the joys of maple trees in the spring + the smell of firewood

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wonder Chamber no. 1 : Japan

video

This is my very new piece,
 the first in a series i had been dying to do for years - the Wonder Chambers. 

This series was inspired by a museum exhibit I saw years ago with my beautiful friend Eri, one fresh night of August, at the Museum of Art and Science in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

The exhibit reminded me of the Renaissance experiments with shadow boxes, and highlighting/dissecting/studying little microcosms rather than just the big picture - focusing on the detail of the wing of a dragonfly, for example, and making a whole painting out of it. 

So there was born my wonder chambers, little video pieces meant to be opened like a treasure box, with a tiny piece in there - in this case, the piece being my respectful hommage to the monks and temples of Japan, and to nam myoho renge kyo, the mystic law of the Lotus Sutra. 

enjoy :)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

here she is ... my ferris wheel

L.A. love

A quick note to say I have been living/breathing/creating in Santa Monica upon my return from the U.K. early January, where I am working on two portraits for Evolvement Productions. 

These projects have been intensively rewarding, being very 'value-creating' as we would say in Buddhist terms, as we are depicting the lives of two men, in all their simplicity, grandeur, happy and sad memories... highlighting, under the keen eye of Evolvement's founder Karine Petit, the life lessons and guidances weaving their way out of these men's stories. It has been a real pleasure to gather music for their soundtracks, from traditional folk music of Quebec (Vigneault, etc) to great classical composers, and a little escapade towards some Gershwin and vintage Fantasia footage ... These are the first two pieces I am doing in my own language, about my people, my roots, my land, and my music. Quite the comeback ... 

Stay tuned for more news. Coming up next : the 2009 reel, and a MFA application on the way