Art and Entertainment

The Crow
The invitation to share some thoughts as a writer came as a surprise. But I’m new to being an author and anyone interested in my writing is a delight to me, and so I agree to the interview. Now the young journalist, an attractive blonde woman in a pale pink and blue flowered sun dress sits in front of me, her eyes expectant, her legs crossed, red painted toes clinging to the strap of a lime green sandal that dangles in the air. She takes a sip of the iced tea I have offered and then asks, “Tell me something about your creative process?”

Researching this column is always a treat, but never more so than when I come into contact with the inspirational people who touch our lives. These people come from all corners of community life but some of my favourite Fernieites are rarely to be found here. I’ve only been able to speak directly to an elusive few, but whether I’m interviewing them or reading about them in someone else’s column, these have been my favourite Fix stories over the past five years.

December 6: Based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling 2009 novel, The Help is about the lives of African-American maids in early ‘60s Mississippi and the young white woman who wants to tell their story. To do so, Skeeter has to turn against her middle-class family and snobby, racist friends, while Aibileen, Minny and the other maids risk their employment. The Help suffers a bit from superficiality: its tale is morally serious, but its villains often play out as caricatures. While ham-fisted in some parts, other parts are sure-footed.

Alfred Charles Kinsey (1894-1962) was professor of biology, zoology and entomology at Indiana State University, as well as being one of the pioneers in the field of sexology (the scientific study of sexual behaviour). Kinsey authored The Kinsey Reports, “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male” (1948) and “Sexual Behavior in the Human Female” (1953). Both publications were based on data that were gathered from thousands of interviews conducted by Kinsey and his staff about the sexual activities of the participants.

On July 1, 2011, a small caravan wound through the mountains towards the Southeastern corner of BC and the town of Fernie. The caravan carried not only my family and all of our worldly possessions, but also a glowing pebble of a dream that would become Clawhammer Letterpress & Gallery.

I have always been creative - first in pencil, then in pen and ink, then as a musician, as an artist blacksmith, but significantly, in 2001, I submerged myself in the world of digital design, founding my own design firm in 2003.

I clearly remember browsing through the first issue of The Fernie Fix five years ago. I gave it a once over, turned to my husband, and said “It’s great, but it’ll never last. For one, Krista will run out of Featured Artists within six months.” I didn’t believe Fernie had the population to sustain a monthly culture magazine.

How’s that for a confession better kept to myself?

Vigilanties are cool, or at least that is what the great minds behind some of the world’s most popular comic book heroes would have you believe. Batman is a playboy billionaire with his own tank, underground headquarters and collection of high tech gadgets. Iron Man is a filthy rich genius who owns a robotic suit that allows him to fly. Wolverine is a razor-clawed, mutant death machine.

One question I am asked a lot when talking about one of my favourite things – movies screening in Fernie – is 'Which Film Festival is that?' You're excused for being confused; while Fernie may be an outdoor enthusiasts' paradise, one of our favourite things to do when we head indoors is to watch a movie. As a result we have several regular offerings as well as two major Film Festivals. Let me break it down for you.

November 1: A Better Life tells the story of Carlos, a Mexican immigrant working in Los Angeles illegally. Carlos is trying to make a go of it to give his son the chances he never had. At fifteen, his son Luis is slipping away. Luis is skipping school, mingling with local gangs and he sees his father, a garden worker, as a cliché. When Carlos’ work truck gets stolen, father and son search to find it. The journey turns out to be as much about the truck as it is about the first connection they’ve had with each other.