The question asked by Larry Reese, an instructor in Film and TV Arts at Red Deer College, and answered by many Alberta artists in the film is: What does it take to be creative? The feture length documentary takes viewers on a journey of discovery as Reese explores the creative process by interviewing numerous well known Alberta actors, musicians, film makers and painters including Jazz great PJ Perry, Blues impresario and radio host Holger Petersen, film legend Fil Fraser, jazza great Tommy Banks, star of CBC’s Heartland Shaun Johnston, Central Alberta’s great landscape painter David More, the Artistic Director of Alberta Ballet Jean Grand-Maitre and many, many others. Entertaining, educational, humorous and at times controversial , this feature length documentary film is for anyone who has ever contemplated a desire to be creative.
Who is Larry Reese?
According to IMDB, Larry Reese was born in 1951 in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. He grew up in Greeley Colorado then immigrated to Canada in 1960. His family moved to Dacca East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1966. On a trip to Calcutta he had the opportunity to meet and learn about sitar from Ravi Shankar. On returning to Canada in 1968 Larry played guitar and recorded with several bands (Manna and Spiney Norman’s Whooppee Band) and toured North America with the Canadian Rock Opera Company in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.
He was the opening act for the Procol Harum LP “Live With the Edmonton Symphony’ and played sitar on “In Held Twas I”. Larry got a BMUS. degree in Music Composition from the University of Alberta and wrote film scores for the NFB. He got his Master’s Degree in Acting from Brandeis University, Massachusets in 1978 and returned to Canada to work as an actor and teacher in theater and on film and TV. Larry has worked with such notables as Clint Eastwood, Ang Lee, James Caan, Heath Ledger, Michael Ironside and Gene Hackman, to name a few. He has appeared in a lead role the Canadian classic, ‘The Hounds of Notre Dame’ and is a producer, director and co-writer for the award winning independent feature, ‘Naked Frailties’.
He now heads the Motion Picture Arts Program at Red Deer College. Many of his students have gone on to stellar careers in television and film. He lives with his family in Sylvan Lake.
The documentary screened at the Edmonton International Film Festival on September 27 and will have its world premiere on October 27 at Red Deer College at 8:00pm. The premiere is held in collaboration with the Motion Picture Arts and the Visual Arts departments at Red Deer College. The Creativity Art Show includes works by various artists appearing in Mapping Creativity and is a fund raiser for the two respective departments.
You can see more about the Mapping Creativity and an interview with Larry Reese on Alberta Primetime broadcast on September 25, 2012.