Art and Entertainment

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For me, photography is something that has just kind of happened. Sure, I used to flip through old National Geographic magazines and think how cool it would be to take the photos I saw, or wonder how I could get into Powder Magazine, but that was because I wanted to be a professional skier; I never really thought of being a professional photographer.

When I started thinking about this month’s column, I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t have enough content. The Fernie Mountain Film Festival and The Reel Canadian Film Festival have wowed and waved goodbye, the various film series are wrapping up;- IFF closes on Monday April 4 with Broken Embraces starring Penelope Cruz, Think Tank offers food for thought in the final film of the season No Impact Man on April 15.

It is easy to hear that the natural world inspires Andy Cotter. The evidence is in his music. He sings about the leaves changing colour in “Concentrate,” a track off his solo album. He even has a song called “Baby Tree.” It’s also easy to see; the photos on his MySpace page tell the story of a day in the woods, catching zees in the mists of a raging waterfall. He has a thing for the Rockies. He likes the fact that even in his hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick, he’s never very far away from the forest.

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“This photo was taken last summer when Koocanusa was at a really low water level. The other parts of the tractor date it back to the 1930's or 40's. To me, it was a significant reminder that our impacts today will be around for many generations to come, and that we can't just put our waste ‘out of sight, out of mind’.”
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Photo by Kyle Hamilton
www.kylehamiltonphotography.com

The old testament God (Jehovah, Yaweh, or whatever you wish to call him), was a psychopath. It was he who authorized the killing of the first-born in Egypt, turned Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt, and inflicted boils upon Job so that he might suffer horribly. Sometimes he would take an active role in his crimes against humanity, but most often God sent Angels to commit the atrocities.

I’m making a tradition of recommending poetry for The Fix’s Green Issue: Alison Calder’s Wolf Tree for 2008, Sheri Benning’s Earth After Rain for 2009, and now John Lent’s Cantilevered Songs for 2010.

John Lent lives and writes in the Okanagan, and has been publishing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for thirty years. He’s no novice, and his poems carry a relaxed confidence that comes with experience. Lent’s poetry captures the profound in the simple, the extraordinary within the everyday.

It all began when a neighbour, Sean, asked if he could store his wire fed welder in my shop. He noticed I had a 220 Volt power required to run it and in return I could play around with it in my spare time. I had never welded let alone worked with a wire fed rig before and actually dropped out of welding in High School so I was stoked to see what I could do with it. I knew very little about welding but figured it was an adult version of cutting and pasting, just slightly more dangerous.

It could not have been a more perfect day for this shot. I knew that I wanted to shoot towards Lost Boys Pass since the inversion looked perfect and that’s where the sun was shining. Local rippers Mikey Witlox and Connor Gliege had gone up the day before to build this great stepdown in anticipation of the inversion. Having the sun in the shot was perfect since every time the riders hit the jump a lot of snow was kicked up and the sun would shine right through. A beautiful day with great riders goes a long way.
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If you attended the Fernie Mountain Film Festival at the end of February, you will know that Fernie can definitely put on a show when it comes to film. No exception to this rule is the Reel Canadian Film Festival, March 26-28. The festival is a natural progression of the popular Indie Films Fernie monthly screenings which has sold out both of its winter events so far this year. The Reel Canadian Film Festival celebrates excellence within the Canadian Film-making industry and showcases emerging talent and internationally acclaimed features.