Meanwhile, I’m so happy to announce that Fire Animals won an an award of Excellence for Original Concept from the Nature Without Borders International Film Festival; and was a semi-finalist at the Prague Underground and Milan International Festivals.
As a tribute to the Miller House in San Miguel de Allende, and the phenomenal art Joe and Pat Miller created while they lived there, the current (11/2022) occupants of the house and I created a short film – a 2-minute climate change fable.
The story line: As fire begins to engulf life as we know it on earth, three animals who have lost their way cross paths. Together they discover a memorial collection of creatures that once roamed the planet. One by one, each of the 3 animals comes across its own still-life replica, and in that moment, is replaced by it.
Conceived and Directed by Jane Gillman and the House of Dreams
Cinematography/Lighting/Editing: Fernanda Mosqueda and Tyler Smith
Mother Nature: Maria Paz Marambio
Bird: Jane Gillman
Bull: Edwin Alexander
Giraffe: Karen Doepke
Mask Design and Creation: Jenipher Young-Hall and Karen Doepke
Musical Composition and Found Sounds: Jane Gillman
Art: Joe Miller
Jane Gillman: banjo. guitar
Roberto Riggio: violin, harmonium
Jason McKenzie: tabla
Mark Hallman: tampura, mixing engineer
This was an impromptu Hambidge Center collaboration between archivist/cermacist K Tauches – who found this collection of photos at the MegaThrift in Rabun County Georgia – and me, recording nearby in a small cabin at the end of a gravel road. Hoping to create more like this one.