Have you met…Millefiore Clarkes?

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Millefiore Clarkes.

Millefiore Clarkes is a filmmaker and documentarian from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Her passion is to capture on film, the moments in which humans reveal themselves and their essential interconnectivity.

Her music videos Stealin for Catherine MacLellan, People I Love for English Words, and Philadelphia for Paper Lions won ‘Best Music Video’ at the MusicPEI Awards (2012/13/14). She was named ‘The 2013 William F. White PEI Filmmaker of the Year’ and was awarded the 2013 CBC PEI 321 Award with producer Jason Arsenault. Her short doc December in Toronto is a Staff Pick on Vimeo and was shortlisted in the Lyrical Category and screened at the 2012 Vimeo Film Festival Awards in NYC. In 2011 WIFT-Atlantic Chapter awarded her the ‘Salute Award’ for her work in the sector. Her media artwork has been screened at festivals across Canada and the US.
​​She has produced and directed one feature length documentary ‘Stalking Love’ (2005) which aired on CBC’s documentary! channel from 2006-2009, as well as played at film festivals across North America (including RIDM, The Atlantic Film Festival, and the New York Independent International Film and Video Festival).​

To date she has also produced a number of experimental videos and short documentaries which have played across Canada and the US, music videos, and a documentary web series. She is currently in post-production on her second feature documentary and web series entitled The Telling. She is also currently producing a short documentary ‘Where the Heart Is’ for BravoFactual. She recently directed a documentary for The National Film Board about organic farming called Island Green which has screened at festivals across Canada. She pursues her skills as a DOP and editor working on her own films and with others in the Atlantic Canadian film community. She was the Executive Director of The Island Media Arts Co-op from 2005-2008 and a Video Editor in the industry.​
​​She actively advocates for a vibrant film culture in her home province of PEI through sitting on the boards and participating in organizations such as: Women in Film and Television, The Island Media Arts Co-op, and The Island Film Factory.

Other material relating to Millefiore Clarkes.

Artist website: onethousandflowers.tv

Vimeo: Millefiore Clarkes

CBC Radio “Q”: Millefiore Clarkes

Sesquicentennial Public Art Collection: Millefiore Clarks

The inspired city: Millefiore Clarkes

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The five to watch.

c5 to watch.

This is a weekly list I’ve decided to do for fun. It is a list of 5 things, persons, events, or places that I think are worth watching…some probably from a safe distance. To make things easier and less contentious the list is alphabetical.

This week’s list is about 5 cool artists whose work has long interested and inspired me. Each of these artists lives or has lived and worked on Prince Edward Island.  All are dynamic creators and contributors, and  leaders in the Island and Canadian art scene. Each has a web presence, and I hope you check out their sites. The descriptions below are from their own descriptions on their websites.

1. Millefiore Clarkes dedicates herself to the craft and community of media arts on Prince Edward Island. Her production company One Thousand Flowers Productions produces a variety of media work such as “pocket-docs” for online dissemination, music videos, experimental video, and feature documentaries. Her passion is to capture on film the moments when human’s reveal themselves and their essential interconnectivity.

2. Donnalee Downe is a visual artist and the project coordinator for Peake Street Studios in Charlottetown. She recently completed her MFA at Cardiff School of Art and Design, Wales.

3. Sandi Hartling is an emerging visual artist living and working in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College of Memorial University of Newfoundland in Spring 2007.

4. Sarah Saunders Sarah Saunders has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her artwork is included in the collections of the Canadiana Fund, the Province of PEI Art Bank, Confederation Centre Art Gallery and the Burlington Art Centre. Articles on her work have appeared in the international journal Ceramics Art and Perception as well as in national publications on contemporary art. She has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the PEI Arts Council, and the Province of PEI. She has a Bachelor of Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her formal art education at NSCAD is preceded by an educational background that includes a B.Sc. in biology from Acadia University, studies in dance in Toronto and sculpture and drawing at the American Centre in Paris.

5. Becka Viau is an Artist from Charlottetown Prince Edward Island. She received her BFA, 2008 at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has worked as a curator, educator and coordinator of arts collectives, and much of her artistic activity engages with questions relating to the institutions, dissemination and social networks of art and culture. Her art practice is grounded in the research of historic and contemporary photographic techniques, theories of the everyday and social research methods. The histories of documentary, portraiture, cultural presentation and anthropological research influence her creative studio process through various explorations of people, place and identity.

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