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Biography

Filmmaker, performer, and visual artist Berny Hi is endlessly fascinated by nature and aspects of the human experience: beauty, sensation, and our unique perception of time and space.

Through Artist’s Residencies with Saskatchewan organizations and schools, Berny aspires to support unheard voices through creative, collaborative adventures and manual, hands-on processes.

Never bored, Berny is a founding member of two artist-run non-profits: The Prairie Puppet Underground, creating and exhibiting visionary puppetry, and The Cabinet Collective, an umbrella organization dedicated to city-wide festivals that cross-pollinate multiple art disciplines through a common theme. He finds that there is simply not enough time in a day.

Chrystene Ells is a major art partner for Berny. The collaboration, KaleidoCycle at the Globe Theatre in 2012, was a black box theatre performance/adventure explored through physical theatre, mask work, clowning, puppetry, and celluloid 16mm and Super 8mm projection performance art. They have gone on to produce award-winning films, theatre, and artist residencies.

Community

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I am passionate about the mandate of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, and I was the Production Coordinator for seven years. Before that, I served on the Board of Directors, including a year as Vice President.

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I am a co-founder of the Prairie Puppet Underground. This organization puts on a number of events, and presents puppet work from the prairies around the world. The main event is the International Puppet Underground Festival.

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I am a co-founder of the Cabinet Collective. Currently, this organization is organizing the Caligari Project.

Need a hand?

Give me a shout if you would like to work on something with me. (Contact form above)
I like filmmaking, computer stuff, deep, thoughtful art explorations that blow people’s mind, and happiness.
I can lead workshops in a plethora of computer programs, filmmaking, hand-processing celluloi, live-action puppetry, animated objects, analogue effects, animation, and hands-on artmaking. I bet I could put on a mean scrapbooking class too.
Berny Hi CV