Arlene Bowman – Surrey Muse

Arlene Bowman is a Dine’ filmmaker who shoots still photographs, performs open mic, sings, and choreographs modern dance-jazz. Her films and videos include: Locked Doors (4 min. song poem video, 2013), Illegal Anger (4 min. song poem video, 2011), The Graffiti‘ (30 min. experimental drama video, 2010), ‘Song Journey‘ (hour documentary video, 1994), Women and Men Are Good Dancers (5 min. video, 1994) and Navajo Talking Picture (40 min. color 16mm film, 1986). As an eight year old, Arlene learned to draw people’s faces and bodies in elementary art classes, and at fourteen, she went into still photography later earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Still Photography at San Francisco Art Institute. But that changed to filmmaking as soon as she moved to Los Angeles in 1977 where she obtained Masters of Fine Arts in film production at University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1986. At this time, Arlene lives in Vancouver and she is working on various projects including to produce-write a feature drama titled Tourquoise in LA, make a personal-experimental documentary about Na Dene and Dine’ speaking peoples in Canada-USA, make a documentary-animation about coho salmon, create Indigenous Woman Filmmakers’ Conference, Tourquoise Filmmaker, a non-profit organization for low income Indigenous filmmakers.

Visit Arlene’s homepage
visualeye.wordpress.com
Contact Arlene
bluesky5videocamera@gmail.com

At the May 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Arlene will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
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T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss – Surrey Muse

T’uy’t’tanat-Cease is an interdisciplinary artist who works with new media, is an ethnobotanist and more recently has returned to her textiles art practice through learning Coast Salish weaving techniques. Building on this ancient technology Cease will be embarking on a high tech project through Emily Carr College of Art and Design on Loretta Todd’s IM4: Indigenous Matriarchs 4 [as in the Sacred 4 directions] and will be building Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality worlds. Cease has been named the 2018 Indigenous Storyteller in Residence at the Vancouver Public Library and will be found at various libraries and community spaces from March til June. Her upcoming collaboration with Dene Artist Anne Riley Public Art project, ‘A Constellation of Remediation’ will be focused on Remediation of former gas station sites throughout Vancouver from now until 2019. She is a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast and lives in East Vancouver. She is a beekeeper and community engaged gardener.

More about Cease is here
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Contact Cease
ceasefire66@gmail.com
Skype: ceasefire66

At the March 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Cease will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
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Ajay Bhardwaj – Surrey Muse

Watching Anand Patwardhan’s documentaries
in the 1980’s and 90’s, I nurtured a desire to be
a documentary filmmaker. However, it was only after
working with the mainstream television in Delhi
for almost a decade that I could finally step into
the world of documentary filmmaking in 1997.

Ajay Bhardwaj is a South Asian filmmaker, a UBC Public Scholar, and an arts activist who has made films in Punjabi, Hindi and English. He has produced a dozen documentaries exploring different aspects of equality in South Asia. His Hindi film, A Minute of Silence, is a ‘guerilla’ documentary on the martyrdom of Chandrashekhar Prasad (a former President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s student union) that highlighted some of the basic fault-lines of Indian politics and society. Ajay’s next project was a decade long engagement with the state of the Punjab interrogating all its mainstream narratives of culture, politics, history and identity; the result was a set of three documentaries, now called the Punjab Triology. His interest in politics and the arts found expression in an early engagement with the agit-prop theatre— a street theatre, in Delhi. At this time, Ajay is a PhD candidate at the UBC’s department of Asian Studies.

Visit Ajay’s web page
ajaybhardwaj.in
Contact Ajay
ajayunmukt@gmail.com

At the July 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Ajay will be our Featured Performer and he will present clips from his Punjab Trilogy of documentaries ‘to mark the 70th anniversary of Partition’ (of India in 1947). More about the event is here: july-28-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Yvette Dudley-Neuman – Surrey Muse


Yvette Dudley-Neuman is an actor, director, writer and producer who has facilitated over forty theater and film productions. She has performed in The F Words, Watermelon Girls & Vagina Monologues; TV/film credits include VAN HELSING, The Hollow Child, and Edna Brown. She has written two short films (Edna Brown, Laundry Day), twenty nine Historical Re-enactment scripts, and a full length play, Christmas Crackers. Her script, THE F WORDS won Honorable Mention in Theatre BC’s 2014 Playwriting Competition. Yvette did her BFA and B.Ed at the University of Calgary, studied with Keith Johnstone (Theatre Sports), and then spent a year travelling the world with the cast of Up with. She has performed for three years in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding. At this time, Yvette is writing a play entitled Titillations, working at The Free Table web series, and, as a long form improviser, portraying psych patients for Psych Nursing students.

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Contact Yvette
yvetteacts@gmail.com

At the May 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Yvette will be our Featured Performer. More about the event is here: may-26-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Imtiaz Popat – Surrey Muse

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Imtiaz Popat is a singer, song writer and media Producer working in film, radio, television, new media and event production. His films include ‘Hate Can Kill’, ‘Khar Ki Khani’, ‘Stolen Memories’ and ‘Breaking the Silence’. He also worked on ‘India Kingdom of the Tiger’ and ‘Getting Married’. Imtiaz hosts Bulland Awaaz, The Rational and Duniya Mix on Vancouver CO-OP Radio 100.5 FM, and he co-hosts Access TV on Shaw Cable 4. He is now working on a documentary called ‘Back to India’, story of an Anglo-Indian artist living in Downtown Eastside who wants to go back to India to reconnect with her roots. Imtiaz also is an activist and a politician.

Imtiaz started producing films and radio programs in 1998 but it was singing that got him into the arts. He began to sing from a young age, and became a ‘songwriter’ in 2014. Imtiaz’s songs include ‘Ye Sham’ (this evening), ‘Twendeny’, ‘Tere nal hogaya ae pyar’ (i have fallen in love with you), ‘Sare Jag Ma Gujratio’ (Gujrati in the whole world), ‘Kis Nazar se’ (with which eye), and ‘Homeless’.

View some of Imtiaz’s work
movingimages.ca
Links to Bulland Awaaz
coopradio.org
Contact Imtiaz
imtiaz.popat@gmail.com

At the July 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Imtiaz will present songs and a short film. More information about the event is here:
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Surrey Muse Program July – November 2016

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July – Nov 2016
Session 10

July 22
Author Virginia Gillespie
Poet Joanne Arnott (uc)
Performer Imtiaz Popat
Open Mic Opener Ghia Aweida
Host Sana Janjua

August 26
Author Julian Worker
Poet Raoul Fernandes
Performer Young Scholar
Open Mic Opener Kevin Taylor
Host Helga Parekh

September 23
Author Trudy M. Davies
Poet Edward Blodgett
Performer Zee & Louw
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Host Fauzia Rafique

October 28
Author Lydia Kwa
Poet Kyle McKillop
Performer Celeste Snowber
Open Mic Opener Janene White
Host Sonja Grgar

November 25
Author Farah Tejani
Poet Betsy Warland
Performer Metro Nomad
Open Mic Opener Nayden Pollasari (uc)
Host Mariam Zohra D

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Pasi Gungowo – Surrey Muse

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Pasi Gunguwo is a musician, creative producer/director, and teacher who has worked in the entertainment and cultural industries in several countries including Zimbabwe, Canada, Cuba, Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, Israel and the USA. He co-founded an award winning community program ‘Britannia World Music’ in 2003, offering East Van children opportunities to learn and play African music as an after-school activity. In 2004, Pasi created Feso, a fusion band that rocked major Canadian music festivals in 2006-2007; and in 2008, he directed a play ‘Super Patriots and Morons’ produced by Amnesty International.

After graduating from film school in 2009, he has initiated various literary, film and video projects to tell stories of his homeland to an international audience.

Pasi has a deep passion for bringing out voices and images that celebrate diversity while being rooted in their cultures, ‘so that we can understand one another through art.’

Pasi’s web page
mixedblood.ca
Facebook
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Contact Pasi
pasigunguwo@gmail.com

At the April 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Pasi will have us view and listen to some of his work. More about the event is here: april-22-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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