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Last Day of Shooting ! -?-!

Like most movie projects, schedules get delayed, budgets go over, and the stress and exciment create a tornado of emotions in a producer’s belly. Although this film is a very independent production, it never the less fits that description. However, as they say “It’s all good!”

Today may be our last day of shooting interviews and b-roll for Village Alchemy. There are, however, a plethora of other interviews and sites I would like to include, but we hope to wrap up ASAP in order to get this out to the rest of the world in a timely manner. Mark Lakeman and Marisha Auerbach are starting a big tour through out California in the middle of September. We had hoped to be done by then, but will be soon after. However, people will be able to pre-puchace the movie at their talks.

We are also in works for a launch party to help send Mark and Marisha on their merry way and help launch the movie. It is going to be a great party, looking to be held on September 17th. Mark your calendars, and keep an eye out here for details to come soon.

-Cheers, Hannah

How do we live in a modern-day village?

Working on this movie has lead me to ask many questions, both of myself and those I am interviewing. Mainly, why is something like Placemaking important?

You would think I would have that answered before making the movie, however, that is, I suppose, why I am making the film.Some might even ask, “What is Placemaking?” – the short answer is the reclaiming of spaces and turning them into places where people can experience a deeper connection and sense of enjoyment. It may come in the form of a bench, a kiosk, a garden, or an intersection that is painted by neighbors.


Driving on the South East side of Portland yesterday, I passed one of the many cob benches that have been built during the last 11 years of the VBC. I saw a group of teenagers seeking refuge from the sun and sitting in the cool shade of the living roof which covered the bench. Seeing their smiles and the pleasure in having a place to hang out made me understand what is being done here.


More then just benches to sit on or pretty paintings in the streets, the projects of the Village Building Convergence leave a lasting legacy of community. It takes community to create them, to up-keep them, and to enjoy them. Providing more Places for people to gather and get to know each other helps lead to less crime in a neighborhood, less isolation, and less fear of the unknown neighbor.


The importances of a modern-day village go much deeper. And the steps to get there are the focus of this movie. It is intended to be like a recipe book for other communities to cook up their own village magic. For more inspiration, please check out the movie when it is done! Follow along on the web site, or “Like” Village Alchemy on Facebook for up dates.

~ Hannah ~

Rolling right along …..

This project has really been fun to work on, and to get to know some of the key people involved with the Village Building Convergence on a deeper level. The interviews we have done have also included figures who work for the city, and I have really enjoyed hearing their perspective on the VBC.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz was not only articulate about the importance of creating community, but also very pleasant personality who truly cares about the well-being of her city. When I inquired about the jersey on her office wall with the number 7 on it, I was shocked to hear it was in honor of her being elected Portland’s seventh woman commissioner! WHAT? I had the feeling Portland was so progressive, I would have thought many more women would be elected at the city level.


Women of Portland, sounds like there is room for you to get more involved at an elected official level. Just want to send out some inspiration for others to get involved.

~ Hannah ~

Filming at the Commissioner Fritz's office

Pickathon – the gatherings continue!

The weekend of August 6th and 7th, I ventured to an amazing music festival held just outside of Portland at the Pendarvis Farm. It was called Pickathon, and hosted a wide variety of talented musicians on an 80 acre forested farm. I went to see the Village Building Convergence folks work more of their magic as they used large swaths of material, wood from the forest, and recycled building materials to construct stages, chill zones, and trails for the event.

It was great to see so many of the people who had worked so hard to produce the VBC to come together again to turn spaces into places. The structures they created offered participants of the festival much needed shade, a great viewing spot for the main stage, and a unique ambiance when walking in the woods. “The Nest” from the night time events at the Village Building Convergence morphed into a beautiful area for kids and adults to hang out and enjoy the fun!


"The Nest" finds a new home at Pickathon

I could see the bonds between the builders grow stronger, and even some romances gain momentum. We danced late into the nights, and slept in the woods! What could be better?

Pickathon went out of its way to be a very eco-friendly event, with only reusable bamboo plates, reusable mugs from Klean Kanteen for the beer, and a bio-diesel shuttle. I understand that part of the proceeds from the beer sales will be donated to City Repair to help fund future VBCs!

The importance of getting together to have fun and enhance the experience of others by providing unique places for them to gather really shined through at Pickathon. It was great to see the lessons I learned at the VBC be brought to light in another setting.

Some of my friend’s thought Pickathon was a berry picking festival. I’m glad to say it was so much more!



Photos by Holly Marie Suda:

VBC crew creativity lights up the Wood Stage

Sunday Valley rockin' it: no shortage of talent at this gathering!


Joe and Hannah taking a break from filming


Sebastian and Lula taking a break at Pickathon

Hannah playing in VBC wood art

Hannah and Holly filming in the woods

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