A Filmmaker's Need to Create Captures Australian Artists During Lockdown

A Filmmaker's Need to Create Captures Australian Artists During Lockdown

Arts documentary series “Watcha Doin' Today” follows artists during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

“Watcha Doin' Today” follows artists on their quest to find their way through turbulent times. Each artist was directed remotely by Loretta Farrell, while they self-filmed during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown March -June 2020.

In March 2020 independent filmmaker Loretta Farrell embarked on an experimental art focus documentary series. She was asking artists and creatives to capture how it felt to live through this time in history. The series captures a moment in time through the eyes of Australian creatives each short profile between 7-9 mins long. The participants aged between 20 to 65, are artist, musician, writers, creative teachers from all around Australia.

Loretta never imagined, two of the artists would become finalists in The Archibald and Wynne prizes..

Loretta never imagined, two of the artists would become finalists in The Archibald and Wynne prizes, held by Art Gallery NSW (Julianne Ross Allcorn & Digby Webster). Nor see 65-year-old Tasmanian artist Catherine created a life-size 3D seaweed dress.

Using their art as both guide and comforter, they paint an authentic human face on a variety of struggles, both familiar and unique. In a surprisingly candid way, each artist asks us to consider creative expression as a new way of responding to living in the now, regardless of the trials at hand. Just like iconic artist Mikey who shares his cancer treatment and recovery openly, and
Melbourne poet Miriam explores what productivity is while moving in with her mum and dad at age 30.

WATCH THE SERIES HERE FOR A LIMITED TIME

Two episodes of the series are currently available for viewing on Vimeo. Be inspired by these stories and this creative work by viewing them before the links expire on November 1st

After seven months, Loretta is crowdfunding to finish the last stage of postproduction. Supporting WDT is tax-deductible via AFC, but more importantly, you are giving voice to independent filmmaking and the artist that captures Australian history, through the eyes of the artist.

To show your support with a tax-deductible donation - give here

Find out more about the project, the artists and show your support by following on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM



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