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The Crow comes to roost in the gallery

August 22, 2011

Catch a preview of The Crow Agenda on August 25 as part of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery's Thursday evening art events.

Charlottetown is known as the birth place of Canadian Confederation. The city plays a lesser known historic role as a roosting site for thousands of crows that have been sharing the city space since the 1800s. The crows affect the residents positively and negatively, and this dichotomy gives rise to an important question - is this murder of crows a persistent problem that needs to be permanently eliminated or a gift of nature from which to draw inspiration?

The Crow Agenda is an entertaining short documentary film that examines the people who have a unique relationship with these birds. Love them or hate them, the intelligent and mysterious crows have influenced local art, politics and the relationships between family, friends, and neighbours.

Should the crows stay or should they go? Throughout the crow debate one question remains unasked - would Charlottetown be the same without them? The Crow Agenda explores the emotional, cultural, and political ramifications that the Charlottetown crows have had on the city.

The Crow Agenda was directed and produced by Jeremy Larter and Jason Arsenault. Jason's short documentary Being John Acorn won the Viewer's Choice award at the 2010 Island Media Arts Festival. Jeremy's web series Ponderings, co-produced and co-written with Robbie Moses, was shortlisted in the best original series category for the 2010 Vimeo Awards.

The gallery exhibition Free Parking explores contemporary artists' engagement with the urban park and investigates interaction with the public green space. The Crow Agenda is an excellent example of this type of inquiry in our very own Victoria Park. The screening will begin at 9 p.m. in the Centre's outdoor amphitheatre (Memorial Hall if it is raining.)

For more information contact: bmccarville@confederationcentre.com 902-628-6112.

Image: a still from The Crow Agenda.

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Media contact: Dan Wall, publicist, Confederation Centre of the Arts, phone (902) 628-6135
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