Film featuring Gabriola ‘makers’ released worldwide

Press Release

Wednesday, October 31 2018

A potter (Graham Sheehan) gently forms a mound of clay into shape on a wheel. Soft curls of wood gather around a woodworker’s (Patrick Olmsted) hand planer. Glassblowers (Mary-Ann Richards and Dirk Huysman) spin molten glass at the end of a steel blow pipe.

These are some of the intimate portraits of nine artisans featured in A Time for Making, a new film by Royal Roads University faculty and Gabriola Islanders Phillip Vannini and April Vannini.  

The film, released via multiple Video-on-Demand platforms such as iTunes and Vimeo onn Oct. 27, takes us into the homes, workshops and the studios where nine Gabriola artisans dedicate themselves to their crafts.

“Making by hand is a lifestyle,” Phillip Vannini says. “On our coast, artisanship is part of a shared way of life. The artisans in the film teach us that making is not something you do for the money, but rather for the sheer pleasure of living a life fueled by creativity, dedication and passion.” 

April and Phillip Vannini say they were inspired to make the film in order to showcase what “made in BC” looks like. 

“South of our border, we have a political regime screaming at the world to recognize the value of ‘made in America,’” Phillip Vannini says. 

“This seems like a good time to reflect on how things made here, on our BC coast, tend to differ.”

Care and passion make the difference, Vannini says.

“In the opening sequence of the film, Paul McEwen, a Gabriola Island baker, explains how much integrity it takes to make the simplest things. The same could be said to consuming the simplest things,” Phillip Vannini says. “Hopefully the film can teach everyone about the many ways in which that integrity is manifested.”

The 58-minute film, distributed by Australia-based Fighting Chance Films, is also available via Demand.Film for movie theatre screenings.