James Picard’s “The Dark & The Wounded” – Success Story

New Media Film Festival Grand Prize winner (1)

Distinguished Canadian artist, James Picard, is known in the art world for his beautiful, emotional paintings. In 2012, he began his renowned series, The Dark & The Wounded, which can only be described by Picard himself, “It’s about dealing with our issues as individuals, as a society and as a species on the planet. It’s about understanding and healing, and looking at things we’ve been afraid to acknowledge. By facing our reality, getting past our fears and finding freedom, it creates an understanding and compassion for others.”

The paintings from The Dark & The Wounded series were exhibited in a North American tour leading up to a 2015 show in San Francisco’s Alcatraz prison. Throughout the tour, Picard had been filming his shows, which he then put together into a short documentary and submitted to various film festivals, including the 2017 New Media Film Festival. Picard’s documentary, also entitled “The Dark and the Wounded”, was not only accepted into the New Media Film Festival, but won Grand Prize award.

Since “The Dark and the Wounded’s” Grand Prize win at the 2017 New Media Film Festival, Picard’s series has only grown in popularity. He was recently offered $1,000,000 for his Apparitions painting by a Russian collector represented by German art agent, Natalia Ivanovsky. His incredible talent has brought him great success in the art and new media world. Picard was thrilled with his decision to enter the New Media Film Festival, “I am over the moon at all that has and is happening…and to think it all kicked off at your amazing film festival!”

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New Media is an infinite catalyst for story & technology. Best Digital Festival - Luxe Living Makes the Cutting Edge accessible - HuffPo Worth the entry fee - MovieMakerMag "For those uncomfortable of the term 'new media,' fear not. This is a festival that makes the cutting edge accessible by seamlessly weaving the tried and true with the next wave. Perhaps best exemplified by 21-year-old opening night musician Charles Eliasch singing 19t- century opera by Bellini immediately followed by a presentation of edgy 3D films. So what is 'new media' exactly? Festival founder Susan Johnston defines it as "infinite possibilities." While that may seem broad, new media is broad. It's a vast realm with ever-changing tools and techniques encompassing any emerging methods of producing, delivering, and viewing of content from now into the unforeseeable future. The festival's categories might present the clearest picture of what new media can consist of. While there are no features on the schedule, webseries ("the new TV shows" says Johnston), animation, music videos, shorts, APPs and documentaries abound. In addition, technology is represented by categories including Shot on Red, mobile (cellphone created), machinima (video for the gamer lifestyle featuring 3D real time graphics and judged in competition by none other than the creator of Star Wars' R2D2), STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math - cool, educational programming on the digital space), Sniplers (30-second snippets of trailers), and Trailers - which, in the new media cinemascape, are statements in and of themselves - as important as the feature they are encapsulating." - Huffington Post 20 Categories - $45,000 in Awards, Screening, Distribution Opportunities. Meet the Filmmakers, Celebrities and Industry Leaders at the festival. Submit year round. Attend in June in Los Angeles CA www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com
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