Kim Beggs – a Filmmaker
Kim Beggs is an emerging Yukon filmmaker with specialty in short film in the form of music video animation. She is a Western Canadian Music Award 2011 Nominee for her film “Longest Dream” which had its World Premiere at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival where her next short film, “Can’t Drive Slow Yodel” will also have its World Premiere. and has also been featured at the Vancouver Women in Film Festival.
Her love of filmmaking grew from her goals to educate herself in filmmaking in order to make it easier to work with other filmmakers who make her music videos. She started taking courses here and there in 2005, both Whitehorse through the Yukon Film Society and also in Dawson City through Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture. Like songwriting and singing, Beggs also enjoys filmmaking as a tool for telling stories.
Can’t Drive Slow Yodel (from the Beggs album Blue Bones), is a claymation using the same song as the script. It features a musician speeding down the highway and then gets pulled over by a police officer. The story is a conversation between the musician and the officer where she talks about why she can’t drive slowly and he tells her why she should. Focus on the impact of fast paced on the spirit, the earth and the environment.
Norma McBean, a Yukon Elder (89 years) embarks on her daily walk into her downtown community. With her walker as her aid, and a friend in tow, she reveals (through narrative), the importance of elders being part of the community in terms of giving and receiving and also sharing who they are. Rain or shine, winter or summer, Norma goes out walking everyday alone, or to meet friends for coffee or lunch. She reflects on her life as a photographer and spiritual person in a culturally diverse community. The end theme song is Walking Down to the Station (from the Beggs album Wanderer’s Paean).
Longest Dream (from the Beggs album Blue Bones), is a colorful music animation video that features a tiny tiger, a beautiful old rusted circular saw blade, lots of glass beads coming and going, emotive claymation and painting on paper. The lyrics, about letting go and other things, are poetic and wrenching. The voice is unique and pure. The song, Longest Dream (from the album Blue Bones), received Honorable Mention in the 2011 International Songwriting Competition. The video was nominated for a 2011 Western Canadian Music Award.
Lay It All Down (from the Beggs album Wanderer’s Paean), is a fast paced train trip. Kim travels across Canada from Toronto to Vancouver, through the Canadian Prairies and Rockies, using her small digital camera to capture video.
Pieces of Sun (from the Beggs album Streetcar Heart), is a melancholy simplistic animation film about sorrow and love. This is one of Kim’s earliest films.
Shipyards Park…? Is a docu-drama music video using the song Fury (from the album Streetcar Heart) as the sound track. A girl walks through the shipyards park looking for the old shipyards, which used to be a residential area where she and an old friend who passed on, used to live. This is one of Kim’s earliest films.
A Smokers’ Section is a drama short film about going to the local coffee shop in Whitehorse. The Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters was an amazing place to go for amazing coffee. It was also a non-smoking environment inside the shop and also on the patio. But there was one place where you could smoke… songs featured in this video are Lowdown (by Kim Beggs but released on the album Gingerbread by Kim Barlow, also available for single download on this website) and My Woes (from the Beggs album Streetcar Heart). This is one of Kim’s earliest films.
View Kim’s videos on You Tube