Creating Place Film: Clear Creek Creative — Jubilee!

This film is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here.

Clear Creek Creative is both a grounding place and an ever-evolving vehicle for living in harmony with nature and with one another. At Clear Creek, we lead with our art, cultural and community organizing, transformative facilitation, and stewardship of the land to envision and enact a better world. We are situated in the woodland foothills between the bluegrass of Kentucky and the Appalachian Mountains.

In this short film, excerpts from Jubilee! are interspersed with interviews about the land, the spirit, the people, and inspiration of Clear Creek. An ensemble-devised performance and 24-hour artistic exploration and celebration of liberation, Jubilee! was the culmination of a 6-week artist-in-residency exchange on the Creek. The residency and Jubilee! experience were produced by Clear Creek Creative partners Carrie Brunk and Bob Martin and devised with artists-in-residence Joel Karabo Elliott, Nicole Garneau, muthi reed, Walken Schweigert, and Oja Vincent along with our communities.

The film was shot and edited by Blair Johnson of Two Hands Free (Baltimore, MD) and produced by Carrie Brunk and Bob Martin of Clear Creek Creative (Rockcastle County, KY). Music by Jean Ritchie and Robert Rorrer performed by the Clear Creek Jubillee! Ensemble.

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Blair Johnson is a filmmaker from Baltimore. Working on Clear Creek was a pleasure. Two Hands Free is a production company that is focused on telling stories that are socially and culturally relevant. Producing documentary pieces is a passion for Blair. It is also a vehicle to promote important ideas of human rights, social movements, and important creative culture. Blair has directed a number of films that have played at the United Nations, focusing on the minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners, and rights of crime victims. Two Hands Free’s newest project is a film focused on Crime Prevention through early education.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.