Hello dear friends. In the next few months we will be working diligently towards the completion of our first featured length documentary film Called to Walls. In the mean time, while we are toiling away at the editing bay, we would like to share with you a small treat: Our year in review...
Actually this begins at the end of 2012, in Arkadelphia Arkansas. Arkadelphia (for all skeptics, this is a real town name) was the final project site documented for our film and the fourth of six completed in the Mid-America Mural Project. Arkadelphia is both the ending locale of our documentary efforts in 2012 and the beginning of our final push in 2014! lets begin in 2012 shall we..
In the fall of 2012, the film team uprooted once again from Lawrence, KS for a scenic journey headed south via the vast and winding roads of the Ozark and Magazine mountains. Arriving in Arkadelphia we discovered the familiar faces of Dave Loewenstein, mural assistant Ashley Laird and newbie mural apprentice Jordan Karpe. As we expected, the mural crew was already well underway researching the local history and collecting stories on the fourth site of The Mid-America Mural Project.
The town of Arkadelphia is nestled within a great architecture of breathtaking rivers, secluded historical bluffs, languid mountain roads and mysterious valley ponds. From the epic coniferous trees standing tall in the forest to the massive piles of downed logs stacked high and wide, we were constantly reminded of the logging industry's powerful presence in this part of the country. Each day, like clockwork, massive trucks wind there way down through the mountains transporting this precious resource of timber en-route to the nearby Georgia Pacific paper mill.
Towards the end of each day, just as in this photo, the mural wall would catch the evening light in all of its glory. Here we are looking into the window of the Beehive Thrift Store. Reflected in the window is the Honeycomb restaurant, a wonderful eatery and home to the west-facing mural. Both the Honeycomb restaurant and Beehive thrift are owned and operated by an amazing organization known as Group Living Inc. Group Living's mission, as explained to us by it's director Jane Lucas is: "To help every person we serve to meet the highest level of independence possible." Group living is a remarkable organization that provides assistants to adults with developmental disabilities. It has been a great honor getting to know this organization, it's clients, employees and patrons.
This figure, although allegorical, does have roots in Arkadelphia. In the mural, the main figure's dress is being hemmed by a seamstress. That seamstress was inspired by Arkadelphia native Martha Dixon. As a symbolic mentor the largest central figure extends her hand as an invitation and gestures toward Arkadelphia’s Promise, which is illuminated under the lantern carried by the large allegorical figure.
|Nicholas's reptile radar had its setting altered from turtle to gator. This real, live, beauty was spotted in a nearby pond on the edge of town.
|Design team members work together to create imagery for the mural.
After filming in Arkadelphia, we returned to our home/studio in Lawrence, Ks where we spent the greater portion of 2013 taking turns at this state of the art, high-tech editing bay...... the day-to-day scene looks something like this.
Stay tuned for chapter two of the Called to Walls year in review!