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As I continue the editing journey on my documentary “She Has a Name: Highway of Tears”, I find myself watching many short films and documentaries by other filmmakers around the world. I love watching what other artists are creating and discover new cultures through art, whether it be painting, music or film. What I love about silent films, is that the written word is not needed. We all see images that the filmmakers have chosen for us and for the most part, those images affect us, whether it be in a positive light, or a negative one.

Matt Smiley with Louis Wilson (Ramona Wilson's brother)
Matt Smiley with Louis Wilson (Ramona Wilson’s brother) on Highway 16 in Smithers for the Annual Ramona Wilson walk.

This film, “Closer to me” by Singapore filmmaker, Pang Yoong Hui was beautiful to watch. It felt like a dream and we all know that sometimes dreams cannot be explained. As I spent a greater part of my day watching footage of families speaking about their loved ones going missing or being murdered, I felt this short film captured the essence of their emotions.

We’ve all lost someone in our lives that we’ve been close to. It’s part of life. From what I can remember, in those first moments of discovery, time seems to almost come to a halt. It is an unexplainable feeling, a form a adrenalin that kicks in before a wave of emotion hits us.

For this reason, I thought it would be nice to share Pang Yoong Hui’s film “Closer to me” with you. I find it wonderful that LVMH and Louis Vuitton go to great lengths to support artists in all fields. They are one of the biggest patrons in the world of arts. I’m looking forward to seeing which talented filmmakers win the Journeys Award in 38 days.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.


Directed by: Pang Yoong Hui (Singapore) “Louis Vuitton: Journeys Award”

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Toronto –

Hello Everyone,

I just read in ‘What’s AGO: what’s on art gallery of ontario’ that 147 masterpieces from the Picasso museum in Paris ¬†are going to be shown from May 1 – August 25 with pre-showings, April 27, 28 & 29. I really wish I was in the city longer, as it would be a joy to see his works outside of Paris. Whenever I’m in France, I always make an effort to visit the Picasso Museum, as it always fuels my creativity.

Today, I spent a majority of the day walking around the streets of Toronto. It was a beautiful sunny day and the perfect time to visit the various art galleries to see what emerging artists were producing. I liked some of the pieces I saw at the Blue Dot Gallery. There were two amazing sculptures that I would die to own one day.

At 11pm, I visited the private wine lounge where I am hosting my exhibit on Tuesday night at The Vintage Conservatory. It was a pleasure chatting with the members and seeing my work with the night lighting. I’m really looking forward to the party next week. It will be a blast.

Here are two sneaks peaks of some pieces that are going to be included in the exhibit. I will be adding 4 more pieces:

Never Forget to Play
Harlequin Dream

Happy Easter Sunday !