Susan Rodgers and son Christopher collaborate on video
by Peggy Miles
It’s a collaboration that seemed like a natural fit for Summerside filmmaker Susan Rodgers and musician Christopher Rodgers. I speak of Susan’s latest project, a film set to music…the music of Christopher, her son.
Susan is the face of Blue Mountain Entertainment, producer of documentaries, short films, feature dramas and more. A Vancouver Film School Honours graduate, the cinematographer is a member of the industry association Island Film Factory and has sold productions to CBC and Bravo.
The film collaboration between the two Rodgers is entitled Silence, Bloodhound! and showcases the song by the same name, written and performed by the younger Rodgers.
Shot earlier this summer at locations such as the Dunk, Cabot Beach, and Indian River Church, the film is a reflective piece of work that explores the concept of life and death. Local actors appearing in the project include Sarah Jackshaw, Nick Richards, Nancy Price and Duke Ferguson.
The film opens with an old woman in a rocking chair who is drawn outside toward melodic sounds coming from a nearby beach. Along the way she is transformed into her adolescent self and finds musicians making merry around a shoreline fire.
From there time becomes jumbled as scenes move between the beach and an escape from a chase—an experience from the young woman’s past—where a suitor gives up his life to protect hers. As if in a dream, she is reconnected with the young man back at the fire on the beach. Making her way back to the cabin and morphing into her aging body, she peacefully passes away.
Christopher appears in the video at the beach fire singing the aforementioned folk ballot. “It encompasses three versus all of which focus on being young, growing older and then passing away from the perspective of the adolescent,” says young Rodgers.
Shares Susan: “…I have always loved this song. I thought it might be our only chance to collaborate together on something that would be so meaningful for both of us. I brought the idea to him and was thrilled when he agreed that he would like to have a video for that particular song.”
Christopher adds: “I just had to remember that I could explain all I could and all I felt about the project to her and trust her as an artist to portray those ideas in her own way on screen. It was a really neat project and it’s something I’ll have for the rest of my life.”
Active in youth within the music programs at school and at the College of Piping, Christopher now teaches drumming at the College, is focusing on his career as a performer and is in the process of putting together a folk rock group.
Plans are in the works to host a launch of the music video in the near future. In the meantime, the video can be viewed at vimeo.com under Susan Rodgers.