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Goodluck Interview #1 – Art of the Lockdown Documentary

Our first interview with Ben Peters and Juliet Harding of @goodlucklive for the short documentary “Art of the Lockdown” – about artists who reinvent themselves during the lockdown, documenting it, creating something unique, and engaged with their communities in a meaningful way. Director / Producer, Warren Mac Carthy, and co-producer, Carina Bruwer.

Ben and Jules compliment each other beautifully, often finishing each other’s thoughts! They were full of useful insights, and showed courageous hearts. During the lockdown, they were invited to be a part of a feeding scheme for a day with charity organization, Where Rainbows Meet, in the hard-hit suburb Vrygrond.

“On the first day, they only had three large pots of food and it was gone before we had finished serving the long line of children waiting for a meal. Not a single adult was fed before we finished the three pots!”

Realizing the urgency of the situation, Ben and Jules then created a BackABuddy campaign to raise funds and within relatively short time raised over half a million rand – which went to the Solidarity Fund!

“It’s really been extraordinary to be part of this and see the fans and the public’s support in this time of need for this desperate community!” Jules

Watch their show The Luckdown Live on Youtube and FB! A lot of positivity has come from this channel, which connects with various inspiring and creative people in the community.

Art of the Lockdown – Documentary in Production

“The lockdown in South Africa has had a dismal effect on the economy, especially in the poorer areas.  Without private interventions in the form of food banks and donations, complete chaos would have reigned.  What moved me as a filmmaker, were the countless stories of heroism and altruism where people braved the dangers of COVID 19 to help on the ground, and used their own unique talents to help raise funds, particularly in the arts. We had artists documenting the effects of the lockdown on the voiceless, artists painting lockdown themed works every day, arists creating humorous and poignant works to educate and uplift their audience.  In that sense, art is society’s salvation. I immediately wanted make a short documentary film about this, off the back of “Art of Survival”.   Director / Producer,  Warren Mac Carthy @zen_cinematic

Art of Survival Documentary – In Production

Artists Surviving COVID 19

Our producer, Carina Bruwer has also been a performing artist for more than 20 years. She founded South Africa’s award-winning instrumental supergroup, Sterling EQ, and ran an online agency for artists. When the COVID 19 lockdown happened, performing artists were among the hardest hit. Carina heard first-hand accounts of people having to sell things in order to survive.  She was inspired to do a documentary that explored the different ways artist innovated during the lockdown in order to survive  –  to hear about the challenges they faced, and how they overcame them.  She then approached director, Warren Mac Carthy to apply to the DASC for funding – which was approved!  They supplied 20% of the budget (R75,000) – enough to get us going, and we’re grateful for the opportunity. The rest of the funding will come from Seed Media and ‘sweat equity’. 

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