For two weeks in September . . .

I collaborated in a Brief Encounters production with three other artists representing a variety of disciplines. Along with myself as film-maker, the group included: story-teller David Levi; performance artist Michelle Lui; and writer/director/performer Pedro Chamale. For the most part, we were strangers to each other. The overall theme was conflict and war. We were asked to create a 15 minute stage performance and a 5 minute movie loosely based on David’s early childhood memories of the London blitz.

A team of relative strangers thrown together to create (in a limited time frame and finally perform for an audience) had all the makings of a reality-show. As the film-maker, the 5 minute movie seemed to me an opportunity to experiment with the notion of producing a "trailer" which was then screened as an element of the stage performance. They All Turned White was performed at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster, October 3rd 2015.

Michael de Courcy
September 2016

David Levi performing in They All Turned White