Hi folks, fans and friends. I invite you to stroll into the A Gallery this Thursday night during the Pioneer Square Art Walk. I'll be playing another set of originals, beginning at 5:15p. Cheers for now. David.
It's a sad state of affairs when a faux news anchor (albeit a brilliant satirist) has to take supposed news organizations to task - first CNN in 2006, then CNBC in 2009 - for shirking their journalistic responsibilities.
"Truth Sessions" is a multi-media storytelling project by filmmaker David Guilbault, photographer Doug Vann, painter Keven Furiya and composer Andy Zadrozny.
The first session features ten people living in a low-income apartment building in Seattle, across the street from the artist lofts where David, Doug, Keven & Andy live and work. The project is a film, a website (www.truthsessions.tv), an art exhibit and a book (blurb.com).
We all have stories to tell. We all need and want to be heard. But many of us are invisible members of our own communities. Because we may be poor, downtrodden, struggling with mental conditions or fighting addictions, our opinions and observations are largely ignored. But our experiences and insights are valuable. Like everyone, we’re coping the best we can with the challenges of life. This ongoing project is intended to give voice to those struggles.
These ten interviews are the first in a series of sessions. Our
intention is to hear from a range of our neighbors from disparate
cultural, economic, ethnic, educational, racial and spiritual
This is just the beginning of the conversation. The stories continue.
After a successful two-month run in Corridor Gallery in Pioneer Square,
the exhibit has moved to the Woodinville City Hall for the month of
“Truth Sessions” began in the summer of 2007. David had long wanted to ask people direct questions about their trials and triumphs, looking for the common experiences of life, in the hopes of putting together a short documentary film giving voice to the unheard.
So he set about crafting the simple questions that would be at the heart of his interviews: What are your struggles? What do you care about? What makes you happy, sad? What worries you? What brings you joy? What makes you proud? What do you regret? What would you like people to know?
Next he picked a building in which to find the interview subjects – The Frye Apartments in Seattle, owned by the Low Income Housing Institute and managed by the Archdiocesan Housing Authority. The idea was to start with a cohort of ten people there and then continue with a series of video interviews with people of different socio-economic means in other buildings in the neighborhood.
Knowing Doug Vann’s history and ease with photographing people naturally, David asked Doug to accompany him to the interviews. There, Doug did a portrait shot of each participant on the interview set and another environmental study in their apartments upstairs.
Shortly after the video interviews were completed, Keven Furiya moved from painting cityscapes in the Pioneer Square neighborhood where the artists all live, to doing portraiture. So, David asked Keven if he would have the interviewees sit for formal portraits, providing further characterizations of their personas.
To complete the project, Andy Zadrozny, the fourth of the artists living in the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, across the street from the Frye Apartments, was asked to compose music to accompany the edited version of the interviews. Andy’s composition brought another interpretation of our subjects.
So, now, the original idea has grown into a collaborative multimedia project – a revealing film, photographic character studies, intimate paintings, interpretive music, a traveling exhibit, an interactive website and a commemorative book.
Next is to find another group of ten to reveal themselves by way of film, photo, paint and sound and show us all “insights on the common struggles of life.”