Trev tribute on tap at NOLA fest

Each ensuing week, we can’t help but think of our friend Trevor Alan Taylor, whose untimely passing on June 16 at age 34 has left close friends and relatives with a major dose of heartbreak. It is only fitting that his collaborators Lindsey Phillips and Rachel Lin Weaver of the new media collective Cinema Reset, which Trevor helped launch in New Orleans in 2012, are paying their respects in apropos fashion during the currently running New Orleans Film Festival. As part of a set of five exhibitions sponsored by Cinema Reset in conjunction with NOFF, In Memoriam will display Trevor’s photographic and cinema work using projection mapping technology at the May Gallery & Residency, 750 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA, both tomorrow, Sunday, October 16, and on Monday, October 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. Before adopting the Big Easy as his final home, he joined our community in the mid-2000s after being raised in Decatur and studying at Western Illinois University in Macomb. His low-key demeanor, enrapturing conversation, and ever-present glint of mischievousness in his eyes always hinted at the big heart and unique soul within. One understood that Trevor had the gift of amplifying the wonder in whatever occupied him in the moment, from cycling jaunts cross-country and cheese-making at home to weird stunts with accomplices and investigating the world at large through his lens. C-U Blogfidential hopes all visitors to the installation will take away Trevor’s offbeat sense of beauty and whimsy while equally showing the Cinema Reset family some love in their time of loss. Although sparsely updated, you can pay a visit to these WordPress, Tumblr, and YouTube accounts for a reflection of Trevor through his own images and comments. We have shared below examples of his experimental films found on Vimeo, a music video for “Troll Under Your Bridge” by Whimsey & Dabbler released in 2011 and a piece called “white lights.” uploaded in 2014.

We miss our former neighbor, who once lived as close as one block away from the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters near downtown Champaign where he served customers at Café Kopi as well as the Art Theater during its Greg Boardman era. We also appreciate his willingness to operate outside the box in his adventures, whether as a resident of the C-U or New Orleans or Chicago. For these reasons and others, the seventh annual New Art Film Festival is dedicated to his memory. We plan on again remembering Trevor Alan Taylor prior to show time on Sunday, October 30, with a second post at the NAFF Web site that will include a few kind words by the folks at Cinema Reset.

~ Jason Pankoke


Troll Under Your Bridge from Trevor Alan Taylor on Vimeo.

white lights. from Trevor Alan Taylor on Vimeo.

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