A Moment with Jim Julien of SHADOWS OF MY FAMILY
Why did you choose PortFringe this year? I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Portland a couple of years ago as part of a US Association of Fringe Festival (USAFF) conference. I met many Fringe folks like Stacey and James and was so charmed by Portland and how delightful the PortFringe experience continues to be. Although COVID changed the circumstances of this year’s festival (and the whole world), I wanted to participate at least virtually if at all possible.
How was your PortFringe show born? My shadow puppet show was originally performed live in front of an actual breathing audience, but I thought it might be possible to recreate it as a film. That the story and the technical issues could translate into a cinematic experience.
What about the world *right now* makes your show important? Performers have stories to tell, and video/film can be an amazing tool for storytellers if they adapt to the structures and technology. We are all learning to be filmmakers this year!
What have you learned as an artist during the last year of pandemic times? I have learned a lot of technology (hardware and software) to make my show. But more importantly, I got a chance to rethink my work in ways that I had not expected.
Why is FRINGE important? Fringe has always meant a point where exploration and an open stage to play out new ideas. Hopefully we find an audience who want to journey with you.
It’s PortFringe’s 10th Birthday! What do you remember or miss about being ten years old? More chances to play with more pets and animals!
Have you checked out the other PF21 show listings? Pick one you’re excited to see or learn more about, and tell us why! I am very excited about seeing my #5 show mates, Dana Fadel her “American Altars” and Glynnis Nadel & Jason Henry Simon-Bierenbaum’s “Mr. Roberts Friendly Apocalypse“
Write a haiku about your show!
a farmer with hogs
a dictator fears an end
italian sports car