Stories of Food, Culture and Community in the North Fork Valley - Survey for Potential Participants
I’m honored to be selected as a resident artist this July at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado. My multimedia storytelling project will explore human connection, values, identity, and history of food in the North Fork Valley. This region on the Western Slope of Colorado has a rich farming and agricultural history. Today it has become a vibrant community passionate for local organic foods, and sustainable methods of production. My project will feature some of the many inspiring individuals and families that are contributing to this movement (farmers, ranchers, fruit growers, wine makers, cheese makers and bakers).
For a week, I will spend time with a different individual or family at their farm, ranch and/or home each day starting July 15. I'll produce seven video portraits/vignettes. I will capture them at work, film their environment, and will interview each about how food, their work, and the valley fosters their identity and values, family history, and traditions. Then we will cook a meal together that’s significant to them, using food they grow, raise or make; a meal that reflects their life and work in the valley, or their culture and family history, etc... I'll record them sharing a story about this meal, and document the steps producing a digital recipe. I’ll make music for the videos. I’ll make a ceramic piece for each participant as a thank you gift (a dish inspired by the meal/story). I’ll coordinate a potluck in the Fall or Winter to bring together all participants and will return to Paonia to share the film, give the ceramic gifts, and enjoy an evening of food and conversation.
This project will draw upon my background in photography, video, audio interviews, music and ceramics. Although most of my education, teaching and professional work has been in photography and video, I have an equal passion for music and ceramics. I always want to combine them somehow and this project will give me that opportunity. - Brigid McAuliffe (Elsewhere Studios Creative Resident - July 2019)
Please introduce yourself in a paragraph or two.
How long have you lived in the North Fork Valley? What brought you to the area? Where are you originally from? Or if you were born in the area, what's your family history?
Why/how is food important to you?
Do you work with food professionally? (cooking, farming, growing, producing, etc...) Please explain.
How do you feel living in the valley deepens your connection to food and your work? Please share your thoughts on this.
Do you have a favorite dish you enjoy making, using whatever food you grow, raise or make? Please share a story or any thoughts on why it's your favorite (A particular memory? Family history/tradition? Your cultural identity? A dish specific to the region?).
Would you be interested in cooking this dish and sharing the meal and story with me?
Could you dedicate one afternoon or morning? I will film for a couple hours, including your ranch/farm, etc., you at work, a brief intro/stories), then we will share a meal (either lunch or dinner).
Are you comfortable with me filming the process (to share the recipe), and interviewing you/recording a story about the meal?
Do you need help with grocery costs?
Are you interested in a potluck gathering in the Fall or Winter where we will screen the videos and share a meal with participants from the project and the Elsewhere Studios community?
How did you hear about my project?
Do you have any questions for me or additional thoughts to share?
Please provide both your email and phone number so I can contact you. I wish I could include anyone interested, but due to time constraints, I will only be able to select 5-7 people/families for the project. My selections will be based on a desire to reflect the diversity of food traditions and stories in the valley. Thanks so much for your interest!
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