A local filmmaking team are taking artivism to the next level with a new concept to change the way we look at activism and the fight against the destructive death throes of the fossil fuel industry.
Cloudcatcher Media’s David Lowe and Eve Jeffery along with musical collaborator Luke Vassella, are in the process of creating a show to not only highlight the anti-gas struggles and wins of the past, but the very dire need to change the future of energy consumption.
Six years in the making, the project entitled Confusing Them With Our Joy, will premiere in May 2019 on the fifth anniversary of the Bentley win.
Project director David Lowe says the experience will unfold across three big screens over two hours. Confusing Them With Our Joy will be a spectacular triple HD total image event – that’s twice as wide as Cinemascope. The screens will show a combination of new imagery and powerful documentary material from the struggle, a lot of it never seen before, separated by two live musicians.
‘The musical spine will provided by the much-loved bard of the movement, Luke Vassella. This show will be immersive and interactive, funny and emotional, the closest thing to being back on the frontline.’
Lowe says that the project will honour the artists of all kinds who were such a big part of the movement’s success, with a big dose of the disruptive joyful confusion that the Northern Rivers of NSW has been famous for since Aquarius.
The show can play anywhere from community halls to large outdoor spaces.
‘This is not just a film, this will be a touring multimedia show about a community which refused to become a gasfield. Confusing Them With Our Joy asks – what did we learn that could help other communities staring down the fossil fuel and climate change threat? Can we fight the global struggles we face with humanity, art and joy?’
Last night in Lismore at the new Dusty Attic Music Lounge, the project was launched with a Chuffed crowdfunder to pre-sell items to help finance the work.
Along with tickets to the live shows in 2019, Cloudcatcher Media are pre-selling double CDs, a movie version of the performance and a number of other great rewards.