A film made by North Coast filmmakers celebrates the spirit of the Chai Tent at Woodford Folk Festival.
A film made by North Coast filmmakers celebrates the spirit of the Chai Tent at Woodford Folk Festival.

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Woodford Folk festival is many things – an arts festival with musicians, poets, dancers, performers of all ilk, gathered from all over this planet; a celebration of humanity with progressive, alternative ideas that shine bright in a world suffocating on its own pollution; and it also showcases the art of filmmaking.

Chai Tent at the End of the Universe is a film by local filmmakers Darmin Cameron and David Tindale. And it is one of four finalists in the Spirit of Woodford Video Awards at the festival this year.

This 15 minute video is about one of the festival’s enduring institutions – the Chai Tent.

Darmin shot the footage last year during the 20th anniversary of the Chai Tent and with the post-production skills of David Tindale, this filmic insight into the spirit of Chai Tent was created.

As festival director Bill Hauritz says in the film about the Chai Tent folk, “These are people who want to make the planet a better place, and they work hard at that. The end result is the planet will be a better place.”

Here’s hoping.

The judges were generous in their praise of the video – “Even if you have never been to Woodford, it (the video) captures the important role the Chai Tent plays in the life of the festival and the dedication of the people who make it a reality. It is also complemented by a great deal of humour and a lightness of touch.”

Chai Tent at the End of the Universe features a few local and not so local performers putting their spin on the Chai Tent. There is S Sorrensen, Alan Glover, Harry Freeman, Mr Percival, Martin Pearson, Lindsay Pollack and of course, the ever-drumming, ever-happy Chai Tent crew.

Chai Tent at the End of the Universe will screen at Woodford Folk Festival in the Greenhouse Tent this Sunday, December 27, from 8.30pm.


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