Hello World! My name is MF and today is the launch of my pilot documentary project:
Without Industry: The Montreal Urban Arts Scene.
I have been an active member of the Montreal Urban Arts Scene since 2001. Initially I was an adamant fan and theatre student which eventually led me to become a radio host/DJ, music journalist, multimedium artist and most recently a videographer. I have a deep love for the artistry that comes out of this city and have become obsessed with documenting it. Over the years I got to know the ins and outs of the urban arts industry here and quickly realized that.. there isn’t one. At least not one that can sustain its artists. For some reason (or many reasons) it isn’t possible for urban artists in Montreal to truly expand and making a living without leaving the city. With this documentary I hope to give this community a place to voice their concerns, find out where these issues truly come from and explore possible solutions.
Since this project has the urban arts community at core, I created this blog as a means of communication between you and I. I want the community to be aware of how this documentary is progressing so I’ll be posting interesting finds, articles, pictures and sample interviews. Hopefully it’ll stimulate discussion and feedback.
This community has brought a lot to my life so it only feels right that my first documentary be centred around it.
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Much Love. -MF