"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Young film-makers at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival

Elizabeth Bishop has inspired film-makers over the years. Most recently, “Reaching for the Moon,” a Brazilian feature film about Bishop’s life with her partner Lota de Macedo Soares; and “Welcome to this House,” a documentary about Bishop’s life by New York film-maker Barbara Hammer. Three young women from Great Village have also been inspired by Bishop to create two short films, “Heritage Minutes,” as school assignments. One film is based on Bishop’s memoir, “In the Village,” and the other is inspired by World War I, the time during which Bishop was a child in Great Village. These films will be screened at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival, 8 August 2015, in Great Village, during dinner at the “In the Village” Café.

They are: Laura Sharpe, April Sharpe and Serena George. This post is a profile of these budding film-makers.
Laura Sharpe is a currently and has always been, a resident of Great Village, Nova Scotia; the only place in the universe that could rival Gallifrey (see Doctor Who). She enjoys writing, but often spends more time coming up with story ideas than she actually does writing them; which leads to file folders full of partially written plot lines. The “My Great Village Monday” series found on the Festival Facebook and Twitter pages is the first public appearance of her writing. Laura also has an interest in all things vintage which has caused her to become the proud owner of three typewriters, a box camera and numerous other oddities. As a student at Cobequid Educational Centre, she has a passion for study of psychology; mainly surrounding the study of mental health and the stigma associated with it. She can often be found lounging around a record player listening to classic rock music and cuddling with her two cats, Tabby and Luna.
April Sharpe, age 13, was born and raised in Great Village, with her sister and parents. She has long had a love for horses, soccer and books. She plays on a summer soccer team as well as her school soccer team. Music is a huge part of her life for she never seems to stop singing. You can often find her reading, taking her pet rabbit for a walk or watching reruns of Friends.
Serena George is a former resident of Truro, however, she has called the Great Village area her home for the past eight years. Serena is currently a student at the local high school: Cobequid Educational Centre. She is well known for her wacky sense of style and you will be hard pressed to find someone who has dyed her hair more colours than Serena. When not hanging out with her eight siblings, she can often be found playing a wide variety of sports such as basketball, lacrosse, and soccer.

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