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SVAC virtual art: Artist and Astronaut
May 11 - May 30
Southern Vermont Arts Center presents a free art workshop with Burr and Burton Academy’s cinematography program director Bill Muench.
The workshop has three parts, and you may join in as you would like, if space allows.
PART I May 1 – May 8: The Artist and the Astronaut
Any time during this week, you can stream Bill’s film at home to watch a rough cut of his nearly finished documentary, The Artist and the Astronaut. Three years in the making, The Artist and the Astronaut explores the extraordinary careers and personal history of nationally known artist Pat Musick and NASA Skylab Commander Jerry Carr, who both now live in Manchester, Vt.
PART II – May 8 at 7 p.m.: Conversation and Q&A
Bill, Pat and Jerry, host a Zoom meeting together. Join them! Questions are welcome on any aspect of the documentary. Find out about Bill’s technical and artistic decisions; ask Pat and Jerry more about their experiences in life and with the film. Historian Paul Muench will also be joining the conversation.
PART III May 11 – May 30: – Filmmaking Class
Make your own short documentary film using a cell phone and the basic software your device already has (though you may not know it). Begin with an introductory group class on Zoom on May 11 at 2 p.m. After that, meet with Bill over Zoom to follow up.
Bill teaches interviewing techniques and guides the editing process. Record people you care about, at home or anywhere else with an internet connection. Choose to work on a chronicle of quarantine, a family history, or any other topic.
SVAC will let students share their completed stories on SVAC’s YouTube channel.
Part III of the class is full, but SVAC is taking names for a waiting ist in case space opens up.
Burr and Burton cinematography program director Bill Muench also moonlights as an astronomer. Artist Pat Musick has worked in 2- and 3-dimensional media, and her sculptures are in more than 50 public and private collections across the United States.
Retired Marine Corps Colonel Jerry Carr worked in various capacities with NASA during the Apollo era and beyond, assisting with design of the International Space Station and other projects. He was commander of the final Skylab mission and has spent more than 2000 hours in space.