View from Kevin Lee Burton's cabin (Kevin Lee Burton)
Kevin Lee Burton is a director, programmer and freelance editor. His film "Nikamowin (Song)" received ImagineNATIVE's Best Experimental and Best Indigenous Language Production awards in 2007 and had its U.S. premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Burton, a Swampy Cree, calls Winnipeg home these days. Kevin took time from his residency to reflect on what he hopes to get out of his time spent in Riding Mountain National Park.
It is my philosophy that the artist should always re-ground themselves back into the original intentions of an idea. The providence of this residency is that the surrounding environment at Clear Lake mirrors that of the location where I intend to shoot the film, God's Lake Narrows MB, my home reserve.
The Manitoba Arts Council's Deep Bay Artist Residency at Riding Mountain National Park offers artists in all disciplines the time, space and facility to work on a creative project in the natural/rural setting of a National Park. The absolute privilege of this residency is that you get to occupy a luxuriously renovated log cabin to yourself, your ideas and your creative exploration.
The cabin is located at the end of a long private driveway, at a semi-private beach on Clear Lake, removed from the hub of the summer resort town, Wasagaming MB. I am fortunate to have two separate stints at the cabin - two weeks in May and then another two weeks in September 2011.
The first half of this residency is proving to offer up exactly what the Manitoba Arts Council's intentions were in establishing this program ~ seclusion into the creative process.
I have a different focus for each stint of my residency. During the first two weeks, I am re-writing and storyboarding a short film script, Mihtatam (He Longs), which I hope to have in production coming autumn. The film is an intimate and slow paced portrait that incorporates the stillness and solace of sound, so the seclusion of this cabin residency has proven to be a great asset in this stage.
The two weeks in September will primarily serve as a way for me to clear my head of pre-production chaos and get myself grounded into the calmness that is paramount to the tone and pacing of this story.
Kevin Lee Burton
Deep Bay artist in residence
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