July 23, 2012

Halifax. {Video}

Photo: Me. For more, click here.

I love this City.

I’ve spent a good part of my life visiting Hallyflax, as I like to call it. So many memories—Dorje Kasung, Encampments, making out in the pouring rain outside of the Public Gardens, Rabbi Burns, Coburg House with Amelie, spending a few months one year when I took off from school, visiting the Shambhala Sun a few times, playing pool and sailing and the Economy Shoe Shop when it was awesome and the Wooden Monkey (which is currently awesome) and…going back to 1988 and nearly ever other summer, with occasional random visits, since. And nearly all of those memories are powerful, salty sweet, like the ocean below.

I would loved to see a bit more of the bars, the beaches, the parks, the cafes, the old Farmers’ Market and the Public Gardens in this video…but as one commenter says on youtube, Halifax Tourism oughta pay the videographer for this video. It’s wonderful:


Location: Halifax

My first finished travel video takes place in one of my favourite cities in Canada, and a place I was calling home for the last few years. The beautiful east coast metropolitan city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Spring litterally sprung last week, and I took the opportunity to spend my long weekend filming out and about in downtown Halifax.

-Super-Takumar 55mm F1.8 (great for natural light leaks)
-Canon 18-200mm F3.5 — 5.6
-The lens blurs and tilt-shift type effects were all done by hand by Free Lensing my Super-Takumar.
-Color graded with the Technicolor Cinestyle S-curve.

Music by Explosions in the Sky
Song: Postcard from 1952

Special thanks to everyone I met in Halifax who took me under their wing! Halifax has some of the warmest most beautiful people and places.

Lastly, big thanks goes out to my favourite subreddit /r/filmmakers for the incredible advice and tips.

Bonus videos of the Buddhist community up there:


Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Parinirvana of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Video of the exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax Nova Scotia. Exhibition is open from February 7 to April 21, 2012

The exhibit tells the story of Shambhala and its founder Chögyam Trungpa, how the community came to Nova Scotia, and its current leadership and direction.
Narrated by Carolyn Rose Gimian

“The Great Eastern Sun exhibition, marking the 25th anniversary of the parinirvana of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, is marvellous. It is taking place at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, co-sponsored by the Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project, the Halifax Shambhala Centre and the Shambhala Archives.

Carolyn Gimian was the animateur that pulled this tremendous project together. She worked with a great team, including renowned designer, Bob Rader. Carolyn, who has been such a radiant exemplar of devoted service to our lineage and its vision, gave a moving speech last night at the formal opening of the exhibition, in which she read — both in French and in English — a poem by Trungpa Rinpoche about the Great Eastern Sun and Canada. Also speaking was the Museum’s Exhibition Curator who paid tribute to the role that Trungpa Rinpoche and the Shambhala Community had played in the life of Nova Scotia.

The exhibition includes photos, maps and artefacts tracing the journey Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche made from Surmang in Tibet to India and England, and then on to North America. Also displayed are these cloisonné representations of the seven riches of a sakyong.

The exhibition features a large screen showing images and statements from Shambhalians throughout Nova Scotia, since it is not only a chronicle of Chögyam Trungpa’s life, but also of the Shambhala community in Nova Scotia.

One of the highlights of last night’s opening was a deeply moving and performance by a Shambhala trio offering two of Trungpa Rinpoche’s poems set to original music for the occasion. The use of space, the exquisite arrangement of the many photos — including a stunning display of miksang photography — and the way in which the narrative of Trungpa Rinpoche’s remarkable life unfolds all contribute to an incredibly powerful experience.

This exhibition is a MUST SEE!”

“25th Anniversary Exhibition” The Shambhala Times, February 25, 2012, http://shambhalatimes.org/2012/02/25/25th-anniversary-exhibition-2/

Shambhala Web Site: Vision – Lineage – Meditation – Community at http://www.shambhala.org

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