PORTSMOUTH — 3S Artspace presents "Velvet Citizen, a film in process" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 a special glimpse into the making of the documentary.
The night will begin with an introduction and commentary on the story, process and goals by director, cinematographer and producer Lindsay Taylor Jackson.
When completed, the documentary feature film will follow the extraordinary story of Jaroslav and the pursuit of his dream to build a boat to sail around the world. He began building 40 years ago while living under harsh communist rule in the landlocked country of Czechoslovakia. After the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and the fall of communism, citizens of the Czech Republic gained long lost freedoms and Jaroslav continued his own journey to achieve his lifelong dream of unrestricted sailing.
"I would love to model so many of my life decisions on how he views life,” Jackson said. “[Jaroslav] is extremely philosophical, a hard worker, a trusted friend, and he never wastes his time. His perspectives on life, time, aging, and where he puts his energy are so important to me in my life now. He has definitely influenced how I approach life now, I feel so fortunate for having met him at such a young age.”
Beth Faloncer, Executive Director of 3S Artspace explained the hurdles of filmmaking and desire for 3S to support this endeavor: “It is easier, in a way, to present emerging musicians or emerging artists. They may not have as extensive a body of work, or name recognition, but the individual pieces are there. For filmmakers, however, it’s more difficult. Not everyone wants to share unfinished work, but getting a film off the ground requires a massive team of people and financial resources. When Lindsay approached us for this screening, it felt like a unique opportunity to invite the public to hear more about what it takes to move from idea to feature length documentary and to share an uplifting story of someone never giving up on their dreams. We know that many in the Seacoast community will relate to the open waters and sailing as the ultimate representation of freedom and hope you will all join us for a beautiful night.”
The evening will include a screening of a block of edited footage from the feature length film which is being edited by Craig Mellish. A member of the honorary society, American Cinema Editors, Mellish is also on the Florentine Films team, having worked with Ken Burns on many projects including as a co-producer and dditor on the award-winning series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with several panelists from the production to gather audience feedback. Joining Lindsay Jackson, filmmaker and Portsmouth native, Cameron McMaster will speak about his experience sailing on the boat for a week with the documentary's main character, Jaroslav. Bryan Fusco, Boston-based cinematographer, dditor of the Velvet Citizen official trailer, will be in attendance and a screening of the official trailer will be shown.
Tickets are $7 for members, $10 for non-members. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 3S Artspace is located at 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth.