Pixie Willo is a writer, reviewer, voice actor, and performance poet from the Blue Mountains. For the last three years Pixie has worked as a theatre reviewer and producer for the Stages theatre show for 2Ser FM; as well as creating audio packages for 2Ser’s Gay Panic show interviewing queer and diverse people in and around the Sydney area. She currently works as a creative writer for Entertainment Blue Mountains. As a creative writer she has written, produced and directed her first children’s play “The Marvellous Sock Machine” which was staged at Gallery 188 in Katoomba in July 2018 and is currently being transformed into a picture book. Her voice acting credits have included narrating for History Lab, Starship Sofa, Queerstories, Let’s Do It and Antipodean SF Podcasts, for which she has also written material. Pixie has had two plays chosen for the Short and Sweet playwriting festival in 2017 and 2018. Willo runs the Off-Beat poetry slam in the Blue Mountains and was a finalist in the 2013 National Poetry slam. Her new book, “in Clarity’s absence” is available from girls on key press (link provided below). She has recently graduated with a BA in Theatre, Performance and Creative Writing at UNE. Creative audio for the Dead girl produced by DayWorld Music.
Nathaniel Terrell resides in Western NY. He is an accomplished writer, poet, author, and artist. In 2014, he published an inaugural collection poems titled Here Goes Nothing, through Mylk ‘n’ Honee publishing. His work has been featured in Cram Journal, Writing Raw, Fine Line Journal, Maudlin House, Good Men Project, Finding the Birds, Havik, Nine Cloud Journal.
His book Is There Not a Cause? was released April 7th by Atmosphere press and is available for purchase via atmospherepress.com, Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Gregory Ormson works with Russell Thorburn, NEA award recipient, in creating works of poetry and song. Thorburn is a playwright with several books of poetry and a novel. Gregory Ormson’s ‘Midwest Intimations’ was the winning essay in the Eastern Iowa Review’s lyric nonfiction contest (Summer 2017) He won Indiana Review’s 13 word tweet contest in 2015. Guitaris Derrell Syria joined Ormson and Thorburn on this song/poem collaboration. Ormson words, Thorburn piano and edits, Syria guitar.
“My words explore a soul’s stretch toward a white star emerging from lightning. This prose piece, in four minuets, finds its structural bones and narrative beat from the rhythm of an old red water pump.”
Recorded in Michigan (music) and Arizona (voice).
Jennifer Hardacker has been making short films for over 20 years. Hardacker’s films are subjective in content and formalist in style. She is fond of experimenting with technique, and finding the right film form to tell the particular story the film is telling. Her work has screened at extensively at film festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Hardacker’s films have won several awards and honors.
Linathi Makanda is a South African photographer and storyteller. She is the author of the poetry and prose collection When No One Is Watching. Born and raised in Mthatha, a small town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, her hopes are to open the doors of opportunity for many other black womxn creatives to occupy spaces as well as redefine the capabilities of womxn creatives and womxn in general. Makanda’s photographic works have been recognized by publications such as Vogue Italia (PhotoVogue) as well as by Michigan’s Saginaw Valley State University literary art journal called Cardinal Sins. Her writings as well as photographic works aim to celebrate authentic expression and to drive the notion that everything and everyone is art, worthy to be experienced.
Seasons – a visual outlining the importance of weathering all one’s seasons and the swift changes that occur in life. The visual drives the notion that there is power in embracing yourself in all stages you are in.
Credits Videography & Editing – Mwango Muntemba Kondolo
Poetry Writing and Recital – Linathi Makanda
Art Direction and Styling – Linathi Makanda & Mwango Muntemba Kondolo
Location Scouting – Mwango Muntemba Kondolo
De-Eschatology is a physical manifestation of the claustrophobic conditions created by the COVID-19 crisis and the yearning to break free from them. The piece seeks to draw attention to a heightened sense of touch, which directly results from the lack of physical contact many in quarantine face. The film’s trajectory explores the gradual de-escalation of shelter-in-place orders, and its psychological effects.
Dance performed by Charly and Eriel Santagado, of mignolo dance. Their dance company can be found at https://www.mignolo.art/.
Chetan Bhakuni is a painter who was born in India, New Delhi. After doing his under graduation in BFA Applied arts (Graphic Designing), he joined Burren College of Art for his Masters in Studio Art. Working predominantly with oil and water colors, he often uses ball point pens for portrait drawings.
Tarang is a short movie about a poor Indian boy who wants to learn English. It is metaphorical commentary on a country where a foreign language has became a separate class and standard.
Medium: Ball point pen on paper
Filmmaker and poet Ari Gold has won dozens of prizes for his films, including the Student Oscar, best film at SXSW, and many more. His award-winning drama “The Song of Sway Lake,” with Rory Culkin and Robert Sheehan, played 52 international film festivals. The air-drum cult comedy “Adventures of Power” (“One of the funniest films in recent years” – NY Magazine), is currently being re-released. His short “Helicopter”, about his mother’s death in a helicopter crash that killed rock music promoter Bill Graham, is being expanded into a feature film, and is excerpted in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “Psychomagic.”
Ari’s most unusual awards include High Times Magazine’s “Stoner of the Year,” and the Guinness World Record for commanding the largest air-drum ensemble on earth. His next project is a game-changing action-adventure film about ecology, war, and the liberation of the human spirit.
Ari can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Clubhouse @arigold as well as through his website, AriGoldFilms.com