Arts Foundation Update - Issue 19 — 30.05.12

News from the Arts Foundation and its award recipients from 31 May 2012

Briar Grace-Smith - Laureate Award Recipient

Nine of Hearts, which is playwright Briar Grace Smith's debut as a short film director, has been selected as a finalist in the inaugural NZ International Film Festival's Best Short Film Competition.  Briar directs, and also co-authored the script with Kelly Joseph.
'Trembling with energy and a kind of hybrid Māori-Pākehā spiritual magic, this film is about the cards Gen, a Pākehā mother, has already been dealt, and the cards she is choosing to play now. Drawn forward by her two high-pitched fairy children, Gen must ultimately confront Nola, her teenage Māori daughter, who has wisdom beyond her years - and fury at her mother to match.'
Nine of Hearts will be screened alongside new Maori and Pasifika short films at the seventh Wairoa Maori Film Festival.  The film shows as part of as part of Matariki Shorts.  The Festival runs over Queen's Birthday weekend, from 1-4 June.
Briar was one of the inaugural recipients of an Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2000.


Sam Hamilton - New Generation Award Recipient

Sam Hamilton has a new sound installation work at the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail.
While in the Amazon Rainforest the artist recorded extraordinary sounds made by frogs. Upon returning to NZ he replicated these sounds with a choir of 30 humans to create The Sex Choir.  Echoes of the biological, behavioural and social commonalities between humans and other species can be heard in this choral interpretation.
Sam says:  '[this project has] been in the works for a while, so I'm happy to see it finally happen.  I believe I managed to steal one of the sweetest locations in the whole park... right on the jetty that sticks out over a big lilly filled lake.'
Sam Hamilton received a New Generation Award from the Arts Foundation in 2011.  He is currently recording an album in Portland, Oregon.


Above image:  still from Briar Grace-Smith's Nine of Hearts.