Artspace is pleased to announce our 19th annual Summer Apprenticeship Program, The Sound We See: A New Haven City Symphony. This program will give twenty-four local teens, who are currently enrolled in one of New Haven’s Public High Schools, the opportunity to work together alongside Los Angeles based filmmakers Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr for three weeks in July. The students will embark on the making of a city symphony, learning about the history of this fascinating genre and developing techniques for shooting and processing black and white film stock shot on handheld 16mm and Super 8 cameras. Together, they will produce a 24-minute film that envisions a summer day in the life of New Haven, starting at the moment many residents wake up, building into the bustle of the work day, and moving into the vibrant folds of the night.
Each student will be responsible for recording and telling the story of one hour of the day, guided by their own intuitions, personal styles and perspectives. Analog filmmaking techniques and iconic works produced by Walter Ruttmann and Dziga Vertov in the 1920’s will serve as starting points for this exploration into the communal creative process and contemporary environment. Each student will choose the site and subject of their hour, and learn how to edit the footage by hand into a one-minute film. Adding to the excitement of the “Slow Film” movement, the Lead Artists will introduce students to eco-processing techniques, which replace harsh chemicals with locally sourced organic ingredients, and engender the film with a signature color and mood. In the final week of the program, these 24 one-minute films will be stitched together and set to music. The students will take an active role in deciding and collaborating on the soundtrack, which may range from orchestral music to spoken word, gospel, or experiments in hip hop, acoustic, synth and jazz.
This program marks the nineteenth iteration of this global project, which has involved youth and multi-generational communities in Vietnam, India, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Russia, Japan and the United States. These films have been presented in public exhibitions in traditional and non-traditional venues, following the direction, hearts and discoveries of the communities who tell stories about place and being that are both imaginative and real, personal and collective.
The 2019 Summer Apprenticeship is made possible thanks to support from The Connecticut Office of the Arts, The Global Institute for Arts and Leadership, The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation, The Jana Foundation, and Friends of Artspace. We are grateful to the Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut and Yale’s Yawkey Fellowship and Domestic Summer Award for their summer staff support. Thank you to G Bakery, Junzi, Claire’s Corner Copia, Wall Street Pizza, and Yorkside Pizza for fueling the students and to Airbnb host Truman Gilbert.