Playing Catch-Up: The Month That Was

To our dear Frame(lines)ers: please don’t worry! We’re okay!

Tomorrow will be one month from our last update on this blog, making it the longest lapse in communication from us since we first began. But there’s a good reason for that–since we last wrote to you about a handful of weird news factoids about Newfoundland we have filmed many interviews with residents of all ages and backgrounds from the little community of Baie Verte, experienced the beauty of Gros Morne National Park, attended a Newfoundland kitchen party, and trucked all the way down to St. John’s for more interviews (and to watch the sun rise over the most easterly point in Canada).

What’s more is that we are currently set up in Community #9, which means that we are now officially 2/3 of the way through our project! From now on, as Alexandra is fond of pointing out, we will only be travelling west. Community #9, in Nova Scotia, goes by a variety of names…originally we thought of it as West Chezzetcook, then we found that we would be doing our workshops at the Community Hall in Seaforth, and now we are staying in Grand Desert. Our host Sarah calls it the tri-village area, but that is not very indicative to people who are not from here, so suffice it to say that we are on the Eastern Shore and the Chezzetcook Inlet, about 45 minutes east of Halifax on Highway 207. It is a beautiful, albeit complex landscape…despite the twists and turns in the road, you are never far from water and thus it’s a little hard to get your bearings. Many of the people living in this area rely on the difficult navigability to buffer the community from the reaches of the city, which is close enough for there to be metro bus service. Before the days of the Halifax Regional Municipality, these villages would have been jurisdictionally and culturally distinct–Grand Desert, for instance, is traditionally an Acadian community while Seaforth was populated by anglophones–but now most services exist at either end of the highway and there is a great deal of collaboration between the communities.

We’ve been very fortunate to be set up behind the Rose and Rooster Bakery in Grand Desert, where we are tempted daily by the smell of fresh bread. Rose and Rooster fills an important void in this town–before it opened a little over a year ago, there was no coffee shop for miles in any direction. It has quickly become a nexus for socialization, and they have even started organizing a fresh produce distribution night once per week. The proprietors, Sarah and Jeff, come from architecture and film industry backgrounds respectively, and it seems like every person we meet out here has at least three different fields of expertise. As in many places of this size, one person has to wear many hats!

Our information session was last night, and now we move on to the workshop tomorrow. We have a nice little group of participants, and I can’t wait to see what they turn out! It’s always a good sign when they bring their own cameras…

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter (or if you visit this website), you may have heard rumblings about our upcoming fundraiser. We have been able to stretch our modest budget much farther than I honestly ever thought possible, but if we are going to finish the project the way it was intended, we will need a little more help. Stay tuned for more information, which will surely be coming out in the next couple of weeks. The fundraiser starts on September 30, 2013 at Indiegogo.com/CanadianFramelines2013!

Yours,

Ryder

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