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Billy and Bo: A First Look at D*I*Y

20 Aug

Derek Griffith is a local filmmaker who also happens to be a friend of Dove&Snake*. He’s spent a good chunk of 2009 making a feature film called D*I*Y. Shooting is nearly complete, and editing has already begun. We asked Derek if he would be willing to give us a peek at the early post-production work, and he obliged.

Derek gave us a synopsis of what’s going on in this scene:

Billy Woah (Mark Scaramuzzo) has just fled D*I*Y Records, an independent record label, to sign his band to a major record deal with Mascarelli Distribution. Billy leaves relationships behind and sells out for money and greed. Bo Riley (Adara Lialios) sees to it that Billy realizes the pompous rock star that he’s become. Prior to this scene, a local news reporter wrote an article about D*I*Y’s grassroots movement and its growing success. Bo uses the write-up as leverage to persuade Billy’s band, The Woah-Oh’s, to come back to D*I*Y, which is owned by her best friend, Shane.

***Derek asked us to make this a limited time only preview, so we took this scene down. Check back with us for more updates on D*I*Y.***

*It was actually Derek who first requested a black Dove&Snake tee. He paid during the round of red ones, but really really really wanted a black one. He said he would wait until we made one. That got the ball rolling on the second batch of tees, the black ones.

Dove&Snake Video: D&S + Reflective Collective Tees

29 Jun

We just partnered with Tucson’s own Reflective Collective for the first Dove&Snake tee. They designed and hand-printed the shirts, and John DeSoto took his camera along to watch John Weatherford and Andrew Ling work their magic on some red American Apparel shirts*.

*We’ve sold all the red ones, and the plan is for the next batch to be black. If you want in on Print Run No.2, send an email to doveandsnake@secondmi.org with SHIRT in the subject line and your size in the message. They will cost $15.

The View from the Top: “Hanging” with Matt

8 Jun

Andy Coley, Gerred Clark, and Mike Roper produced “‘Hanging’ with Matt,” a short documentary about Matthew Donahue’s climbing adventures. He climbs with his dad, climbs with a club, climbs on Sunday mornings, and climbs till his hands are “triple their size.” Follow Matthew up Mount Lemmon, listen to his climbing tales and watch him ascend rocks with his fingers and feet.

Dove&Snake Video: Tucson Grid Project 2.0

1 Jun

Here’s a look at the Tucson Grid Project 2.0 photography show from April. In this video, we hear from John Weatherford (the man with the TGP plan), Nate Edwards (who photographed Weariness), and the duo of Jenn Spohn and Sara Babler (who sought out images of Zest). Check out the photos and the buzz of people enjoying the photos at the show.

Experience Tucson: Adventures in the Old Pueblo

20 Apr

Caleb Jackson and Susie Bishara put together the hand-held, ride-along Experience Tucson footage from Sabino Canyon, El Guero Canelo, SunTran, and more.

1. There is something simple and beautiful about watching children splashing in water.

2. Watch for the guy mugging for the camera on the bus. I wonder if this made his day.

3. Monkey bars!

4. The last :10 is unexpected and wonderful.

Experience Tucson: Amanda Davis Sees It All Come Together

17 Apr

More Experience Tucson responses. Today is Amanda Davis-centric. We have Andy Coley’s interview with Ms. Davis, as well as her written words on how the weekend’s messages and activities built on each other in her head.

Going into Experience Tucson, I think a lot of the participants weren’t really sure what to expect. It was the first time the event had taken place and the first time any of us had been a part of something like this, and the first run-through of anything often has bugs to be worked out.

Taking it on faith, we went, we conquered (or served, in this case), and we Experienced. The retreat (I don’t really know what else to call it) went smoothly and we had a great time at the different activities. However, as pleasant as it was for the schedule to flow so well, and for us not to have to face any significant problems during the weekend, what struck me was how well the things I heard and learned, whether through specific teaching times or random conversations, fed into and built on each other to make the whole Experience meaningful.

Chad laid the foundation on Friday night. He presented us with some of the historical background of Tucson and general information about the city and then discussed how we could have a vision for and a major impact on it. With this in mind, we drove across town early the next morning to meet up with and spend most of the day with refugee kids, interacting with part of the large refugee population in Tucson that many of us had heard of through Second Mile but not actually encountered.

For the majority of our time with them we weren’t sure what the plan was—when we were picking up the kids, how we were to engage them, where we were stopping for lunch, what kind of organization there would be for transporting everyone, or when we were heading back. This forced us to depend on those in charge for direction and be open to what they told us because they had significantly more information and thus a larger picture and better plans than us. They knew what was supposed to happen and what the day would look like, and we were along for the ride. Our trust in them proved well-placed and the excursion succeeded.

It was an exciting time for us to both give of ourselves and receive from others, and I think it was rewarding for all of those affected. Those rewards have the capacity to pay dividends as we employ our new knowledge and continue to grow as individuals, as a college group, and as a church. Hopefully, we can actively engage and Experience Tucson regularly as a result of these few days, becoming more useful instruments as God continues his construction in the hearts of those around us.

After returning the kids to their respective homes and having dinner as a group, we heard from Angel. She talked about flexibility and being open to changes in our plans when God has something else in mind, which seemed very fitting considering the events in which we had all just taken part. We spent that whole day operating based on faith and trust that someone else knew better than us. It was an illustration of what Angel was saying, of what our lives might look like at some point in the future, and with such a fresh image to refer to, the message really made sense and took a better hold.

Also, seeing a different side of our city by personally encountering a foreign culture helped open our eyes and hearts to what else we might discover during the rest of the retreat, helping drive home Chad’s point from the previous night. Thus, both of the messages that we had heard so far had been emphasized and reaffirmed by the activity of the day; a few floors had been added to the construction God was working on in my heart.

On Sunday, we attended a bilingual church service in the morning—observing more of the diversity of Tucson—and Second Mile in the evening. Chad discussed investing in people and in relationships, which fit really well into one of the purposes of Experience Tucson. We were spending several days in a row with the same small group of people, so it presented a great opportunity to get to know the others around us, if we made the effort. We also had the privilege of staying with wonderful host families and experiencing the hospitality of small groups, all comprised of people we wouldn’t likely have interacted with otherwise. The sermon served as a reminder that spending time developing these relationships, both during and after the few days dedicated to this retreat, was important and helped encourage us to not allow the potential in these interactions to go to waste and the relationships themselves to fade away after the Experience ended.

The next morning’s prayer walking was the most impactful part of the Experience for me. After an explanation of prayer walking, we split up into groups of three and rode the bus to different parts of Tucson. My group went downtown. I had never ridden the bus in Tucson or been to that part of the city before, nor had I tried prayer walking prior to that time, so everything about the morning was new to me.

My group walked and prayed as we felt led for a while, but we were having some trouble with knowing exactly what we were supposed to be doing and with distractions from our busy surroundings. After a while, we decided to try just conversing, sharing previous experiences with God, times when we had seen Him working and moving.

Through this simple experience, God showed me so much. Being downtown let me see an entirely different side of Tucson, another aspect of what Chad had been relating to us on Friday. Not feeling like we knew exactly what we were doing forced us to be flexible like Angel had talked about, which was especially hard for me in that situation because I am often a rule-follower; I feel like I should follow directions explicitly, and the fact that we weren’t frustrated me a bit.

I had to make myself relax and be open to what God was doing in the other people in my group and also to what He was doing in me. Just spending time in deep discussion and sharing experiences was a great way for us to invest in each other and get to know each other better, like Chad had discussed on Sunday, and hearing the others’ stories really affected me and convicted me in some areas of my life and faith to which I might not otherwise have been open or receptive.

Besides driving the other points home, our prayer walking time helped me see how we can learn from each other, not only from direct, planned-out talks from pastors, but through our normal interactions with people, from the lessons they’ve learned and the wisdom they’ve gained on the paths where God has led them.

While this did not signal the end of the construction project for the trip, the largest part of the building had been completed. After prayer walking, we still got to serve at New Beginnings, hear great talks from Jonathan and Julie, and appreciate more time in community with each other, all of which continued to enlighten and instruct us and finish out God’s work in us for the time we were together.

Experience Tucson proved a great opportunity to get involved, go beyond the places we frequent in our daily activities, and branch out to see what more there is to this city we inhabit—our city. I’m very grateful that I got to be a part of it and greatly appreciate all those who were involved and contributed.

Dove&Snake Video: Check2Check Art Opening

9 Apr

What was that? You didn’t get to go to Keegan Rider’s Check2Check Art Opening? Why, yes, we can help you out. We went. Yes, Dove&Snake went. We even made a video. Yes, John DeSoto–the John DeSoto, uh huh–put together a video of the art show. Here it is.