A DAY IN THE MAINE WOODS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
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Barbara Cray/Barbara Cray Entertainment
I moved to Maine two years ago from California, and love it. I am a practicing attorney but have been doing more video projects as well. Besides these activities, I am in three local choruses (all unfortunately on hiatus due to Covid-19), I volunteer for the Restorative Justice Project of Maine, and I am training for a triathlon. I recently prepared video segments on the women’s suffrage movement that were shown between songs at the January 2020 Women in Harmony concert of suffrage songs in Portland, and I hope to turn the program into a show for public broadcasting stations. I have three holiday themed t.v. shows that play on public broadcasting stations every year (the most recent premiered in 2019 and featured soundtrack by the Maine Girls Chorus), and I have been working for 8 years on a documentary about an autistic child and a service dog. I live in Westport with three cats, and have a grown son currently in New Zealand.
When I learned of the Extra Credit Adventure Edit from the Portland Press Herald, I immediately thought of the old movies I have from my grandparents of time when my mother and aunt went to camp in the woods of Maine, and my grandmother was the business manager there. My mother had converted the old film to VHS 30 years ago. I had to buy the software and gadgets to digitize the VHS, so that was an initial challenge, but I was happy to have met the challenge. Then I had to figure out how to bring the old movies into a film, and get some originally produced music into the film, with social distancing and the like. A hike in the woods with two others provided the means to introduce the film. For music I received accompaniment recorded and sent to me. Then I recorded numerous tracks of three of us singing side by side by over 6 feet apart , and put them together with the help of a sound design friend who gave me a program to make some of the voices child-like. I am thrilled to be a finalist, for the exposure and for the selection itself. I have had so many great opportunities presented to me since moving to Maine, and this is one of them! A Day in the Maine woods in the time of Covid-19