Conduits for Joy is the first short film produced by Play Outdoors Productions, which I shot and directed in collaboration with bassoonist, Alison Wormell.
This story follows Play Outdoors Productions founder Ali (they/them) and bike frame builder Sam (he/him) – from woman-owned Stayer Cycles – as they both explore what it means to make conduits for joy. With Ali making bassoon reeds and Sam inviting us into his practice creating steel bicycle frames, Conduits For Joy is a study in making things by hand. Originally starting as an exploration of creativity, we have loved watching this project develop to have a focus on joy; how we use our creativity to make things that bring us joy and allow us to share joy with others.
Play Outdoors Productions is a production house and community for underrepresented voices in music and the outdoors. Our mission is to amplify marginalised voices, explore new forms of storytelling, champion new compositions by emerging composers, and increase the accessibility of art music. Conduits for Joy was produced in collaboration with East London bicycle workshop, Stayer Cycles. We’re incredibly grateful for their help in marketing this film, as well as Sam’s unwavering enthusiasm for the film, even when it was just a shadow of an idea.
Director, Lead Videographer & Editor - Roxanna Barry
Co-director, Bassoonist & Sound Editing - Alison Wormell
2nd Videographer - Jonathan Doyle
Sound Editing & Soundtrack - Mari Funabashi
Performance Piece - Largo for solo bassoon (1750) by Jean-Daniel Braun
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