When filmmakers David Craig and Katherine Knight moved to the “Old Simpson house” in Braeshore, Nova Scotia, they soon came to discover that the history of the area and the house were so rich, it impacted the entire community around them for over 100 years.
Memory Factory: Caribou Harbour “celebrates Caribou Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada past and present. The project invites contributions in terms of memories, facts and reflections of this place. It aims to be a receptacle for the oral histories gathered from near and far about lives lived in and around this area.”
The project is an online collection of stories, images and videos all focused on the history of Maritime Packers, a lobster packing plant, purportedly the largest in the world during its heyday, which was open from approximately 1875 – 1975.
Memory Factory was developed by Katherine Knight of York University, Department of Visual Art with the assistance of David Craig and Site Media Inc. (www.sitemedia.ca ) in cooperation with the Northumberland Fisheries Museum of Pictou, Nova Scotia. It intends to foster a greater awareness and understanding of the fishing industry and its history in this part of the Northumberland Straight.
Site Media has produced four documentaries on Canadian artists: Annie Pootoogook; Kinngait: Riding Light into the World; Pretend Not to See Me: The Art of Colette Urban, which received Special Mention at the 2010 Ecofilm Festival in Rhodos, Greece; and KOOP – The Art of Wanda Koop, which premiered as the gala night selection at the 2011 Reel Artists Film Festival, Toronto. Site Media Inc. is currently developing a film on the architecture of Todd Saunders on Fogo Island, NL.
The launch of Memory Factory was the perfect end to the inaugural W(here) Festival. Each project both took a journey to answer the question “Where is here?” and what they came up with was a refreshing reminder of pride and joy in being exactly where you are.