3S Artspace presents: Velvet Citizen - a film in process July 18th, 2018 at 7pmJune 21, 2018
PORTSMOUTH, N.H., June 21, 2018 — 3S Artspace presents: Velvet Citizen - a film in process. Please join us on Wednesday, July 18 at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan Street in Portsmouth, NH for a special glimpse into the making of the documentary Velvet Citizen as we showcase a film in process, beginning with an introduction and commentary on the story, process, and goals by Director/Cinematographer/Producer, Lindsay Taylor Jackson.
When completed, the documentary feature film will follow the extraordinary story of Jaroslav and the pursuit of his dream to build a boat to sail around the world. He began building forty years ago while living under harsh communist rule in the landlocked country of Czechoslovakia. After the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and the fall of communism, citizens of the Czech Republic gained long lost freedoms and Jaroslav continued his own journey to achieve his lifelong dream of unrestricted sailing.
After attending film school in Prague (The Academy of Film and Performing Arts), Lindsay Taylor Jackson, vowed to return to explore the foreign culture through a lens and outside of academics and that’s exactly what she did. Seeking inspiration for subject matter, she posted an inquiry to a Prague Facebook group.
“I asked if anyone would know a good subject for a film-- a story where a subject had struggled through the harsh Communist rule,” Lindsay said. “The recent history inspired me. Then, Omar, a Mexican baker, reached out and told me about his landlord building this boat for four decades.” From there, Lindsay moved to the tiny Czech village near Jaroslav’s home so she could film him every day working at his craft.
As the film comes together, the themes that emerge revolve around hope, the journey to freedom, the philosophical wisdom shared with aging, and the perseverance against all odds.
“I would love to model so many of my life decisions on how he views life,” Lindsay said. “[Jaroslav] is extremely philosophical, a hard worker, a trusted friend, and he never wastes his time. His perspectives on life, time, aging, and where he puts his energy are so important to me in my life now. He has definitely influenced how I approach life now, I feel so fortunate for having met him at such a young age.”
Beth Faloncer, Executive Director of 3S Artspace explained the hurdles of filmmaking and desire for 3S to support this endeavor: “It is easier, in a way, to present emerging musicians or emerging artists. They may not have as extensive a body of work, or name recognition, but the individual pieces are there. For filmmakers, however, it’s more difficult. Not everyone wants to share unfinished work, but getting a film off the ground requires a massive team of people and financial resources. When Lindsay approached us for this screening, it felt like a unique opportunity to invite the public to hear more about what it takes to move from idea to feature length documentary and to share an uplifting story of someone never giving up on their dreams. We know that many in the Seacoast community will relate to the open waters and sailing as the ultimate representation of freedom and hope you will all join us for a beautiful night.”
The evening will include a screening of a block of edited footage from the feature length film which is being edited by Craig Mellish. A member of the honorary society, American Cinema Editors, Craig is also on the Florentine Films team, having worked with Ken Burns on many projects including as a Co-producer and Editor on the award-winning series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with several panelists from the production to gather audience feedback. Joining Lindsay Jackson, filmmaker and Portsmouth native, Cameron McMaster will speak about his experience sailing on the boat for a week with the documentary's main character, Jaroslav. Bryan Fusco, Boston-based cinematographer, Editor of the Velvet Citizen official trailer, will be in attendance and a screening of the official trailer will be shown.
Velvet Citizen - a film in process
Wednesday, July 18
Doors 6:30pm / Event 7pm
$7 Members / $10 General Admission
All ages / Seated
---3S Artspace is a 501 © 3 non-profit arts organization dedicated to presenting and supporting bold, emerging arts and entertainment and to cultivating an informal space that celebrates curiosity, creativity, and community. www.3sarts.orgContact:Beth Falconer, Executive Director(603) 766-3330