The 2012 Artist in Residence series ended on 11/3/12 with the premiere screening of Sharad Kant Patel’s feature film Christian Roane. We had a packed house of more than 60 people join us at the River Gallery for the film.
The partners, Chelsea District Library and River Gallery thanked Sharad for his great ideas and hard work throughout this project with flowers and a Chelsea Oscar trophy, created by local artist John Schwarz.
Thanks to everyone to helped to make this series a truly fantastic one. We drew inspiration and support from many sources – from Donald Harrison of the Ann Arbor Film Festival who helped us find direction in the beginning to actors from the Purple Rose Theatre Company, who worked with Sharad to shoot scenes to use in the editing workshop. Sharad is now using those scenes to create a short film called From Chelsea With Love.
Thanks to the more than 300 people who attended the screenings and workshops we held as part of this series. Thanks to the Chelsea Center for the Arts for sharing their space and technology for the workshops. Thanks to the library staff and volunteers and River Gallery staff and interns who planned and ran these events and set up equipment.
Thanks to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts for their support for this program. Without their grant support, the Artist in Residence program would not have been possible. The contributions of MCACA, NEA and the Chelsea District Library and River Gallery are what enabled us to bring talented filmmakers to Chelsea, teach new skills to our community members and provide the appropriate equipment and technology for each event.