In March 2020 Loretta embarked on an experimental art focus documentary, she was asking artists and creatives to capture how it felt to live through this time in history. The series captures a moment in time through the eyes of Australian creatives. The participants aged between 20 to 65, are artist, musician, writers, creative teachers from all around Australia.
Loretta never imagined, two of the artists would become finalists in The Archibald and Wynne prizes, held by Art Gallery NSW (Julianne Ross Allcorn & Digby Webster). Nor see 65-year-old Tasmanian artist Catherine create a life-size 3D seaweed dress. Using their art as both guide and comfort, they paint an authentic human face on a variety of struggles, both familiar and unique. In a surprisingly candid way, each artist asks us to consider creative expression as a new way of responding to living in the now, regardless of the trials at hand.
Just like iconic artist Mikey who shares his cancer treatment and recovery openly, and Melbourne poet Miriam explores what productivity is while moving in with her mum and dad at age 30. These are 5 stories from the 15 films. Each story captures Australian history through the eyes of creatives; hopefully, these stories will ignite individuals and communities to find their creative voice, especially for those who had never thought of themselves as artistic.
Your funds will go towards phase 1 of Watcha Doin’ Today, completing postproduction of two films: Julianne Ross Allcorn and Mikey Freedom. Once completed, both films will be available on Vimeo VOD.
The films will be used for fundraising via advance screenings, private screenings and connecting to more extensive partnerships to help finish the whole series. You can view the unfinished films above via the media links below.