The film Mapping Creativity, by Red Deer College instructors Larry Reese and James Wilson, will be screened this weekend at the Edmonton International Film Festival.
The film explores — through interviews with Alberta actors, musicians, filmmakers and visual artists — what it takes to be inspired and how the creative process can be stimulated.
The documentary, created by Motion Picture Arts instructors Reese and Wilson, is described as entertaining, humorous and at times controversial.
“This film is for anyone who has ever contemplated a desire to express a creative thought.”
Reese, who is also a visual artist, begins with his own experience.
He “maps” the process of starting from a blank canvas, then conceptualizing, painting and finally exhibiting a finished work.
He intersperses interviews with area performers and artists Dave More, Susan Woolgar, Jason Frizzell, Paul Boultbee, Vivian Bennett and Lori Ravensborg, among others.
He also has conversations about creativity with jazz greats P.J. Perry and Tommy Banks, blues player and radio host Holgar Petersen, filmmaker Fil Fraser, actor Shaun Johnston, and Alberta Ballet artistic director Jean Grand-Maitre.
Mapping Creativity will be featured in the Films From Our Own Backyard showcase of Alberta-made films. It will be screened at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Empire Theatres in City Centre Mall.
Tickets can be purchased at www.edmonton.festivalgenius.com/2012/films.