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HEAD FIRST is about pushing your limits, taking risks and moving into unknown territory without letting fear get in your way. HEAD FIRST explores Rozalind’s passion for combining music with silent film, and focuses on the people and places she has connected with during her six years touring across Canada in a wood-panelled station wagon. She features her favourite instrument, the flute.
Filmmakers from across Canada were asked to create silent films inspired from Rozalind’s compositions. Film locations range from the Belcher Islands in Nunavut to the Dempster Highway in Yukon Territory to Fogo Island in Newfoundland and Labrador and finally Toronto Island where Rozalind grew up. Film mediums range from digital HD to hand-processed black and white (16mm Bolex) to 35mm Ektachrome colour reversal film.
Over 24 filmmakers and musicians contributed to this project:
Scott Amos, Jean-Claude Batista, Mark Borowski, Joel Heath, Darryl Hopkins, Nicholas Kovats, Roger Maunder, Flamingo Pudding, Gina Rae Anderson, Dan Sokolowski and Ed Tanasychuk, Curtis Andrews, Rick Bailey, Veronica Charnley (Plumes), Dennis Gamberg, Geof Holbrook (Plumes), Matthew Hornell, Rozalind MacPhail, MouthPEACE, Mark Neary (Novaks), Stephen Pitkin (Elliott Brood), Scott Stevenson, Brad Weber (Caribou/Pick a Piper) and Mike Yates (Amos the Transparent).
HEAD FIRST was nominated for an ECMA and MusicNL award. It has been showcased at film festivals across Canada and the U.S and was featured at TEDx St. John's.
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"The whole project explores a passion of mine, combining music with silent film, and focuses on the people and places I have connected with while touring Canada. I wanted the music to feature my favourite instrument, the flute.
The years: 2007-2013. I was touring across Canada and living in the “Little Prince”, a '91 wood panelled Buick Century station wagon. My travels took me across Canada three times, from the Yukon to Newfoundland and everywhere in between.
In 2009, I planned the last stop of my tour to take place in St. John's so that I could attend a good friend’s wedding. When I reached town, I was so tired of living out of my car and just wanted to find a place to call home. My friend found the perfect apartment for me on Victoria Street and it's been 4 years since I moved in. I am now proud to call Newfoundland my
The Pieces: "Sombrio Smile" was inspired by a camping trip on Sombrio Beach, Vancouver Island. "Head First" was inspired by the exhilarating winter sport, skeleton, which I was fortunate to try during a past Banff Centre residency. "Springtime" is about the joys of falling in love. "Craziness on the Main" was written while I was apartment sitting for friends on a hot summer night in Montreal. "I'm a Filmmaker/Corporate World" was written after losing my waitressing job at a corporate restaurant. "In Between" was inspired by a poem written by American poet, Ana-Marine Lara, who I met at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts in Florida. "Chasing Sunshine" was inspired by a poem a young man wrote for me during an open mic night at Bruno's in Banff, Alberta. "Chasing Sunshine" is dedicated to the Moksha Yoga community who has taught me how important it is to make the best of everything life has to offer.
For this project, filmmakers were asked to create silent films inspired from my composed music. Film locations range from the Belcher Islands in Nunavut to the Dempster Highway in Yukon Territory to Fogo Island in Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto Island where I grew up. The film mediums range from digital HD to hand processed black and white (16mm Bolex) to 35mm Ektachrome colour reversal film.
Thank you to all of you who helped me make this creative dream of mine come true."
Rozalind MacPhail - November 30, 2014
released November 30, 2013
Music by Rozalind MacPhail
Curtis Andrews, Rick Bailey, Veronica Charnley, Dennis Gamberg, Geof Holbrook, Matthew Hornell, Rozalind MacPhail, MouthPEACE, Mark Neary, Stephen Pitkin, Scott Stevenson, Brad Weber and Mike Yates
Produced by Rozalind MacPhail
Recorded by Krisjan Leslie, Don Ellis, Rick Hollett, Leo Bruce and Rozalind MacPhail
Mixing & Mastering by Josh Tidsbury
Artwork: Dennis Gamberg
Rozalind MacPhailSt. John'S, Newfoundland and Labrador
Innovative multi-instrumentalist wins MusicNL's Female Artist of the Year in a world of singer-songwriters. A classically
trained flutist, Rozalind MacPhail explores new ways to combine image and sound in works that speak honestly of place, person and the human experience....more