Mr Fireman built a Horn Orchestra out of Wood. You can too.
David Gowman, aka Mr Fireman, is the creator of “The Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra.” Equal parts arborist, musician, craftsman, and agent-provocateur, his songs mirthfully take the piss out of consumerism, conformity and religion with hits like Aliens, Too Much Pie, and Zombies, played in clubs, festivals and community gardens of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. He sustainably harvests a local Paulownia tree and other renewable crops to build his eccentric instruments. With his artwork, concerts and workshops, he activates both friends and community in ways that are thoughtful, provocative, and life-affirming. This is a story of one man who has turned away from mass-culture and consumption, and has built his own life in a sustainable way, enriching the local environment around him.
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Alexis is one of the newest members of the band and the first to build her own horn. A kick-ass librarian by trade, a kick-ass performer after dark. You can’t find stuff like that in books.
Environmental Artist Sharon Kallis is the band's biggest groupie. (She's Mrs Fireman in fact) She explains DIY culture in relation to consumerism and the environment.
David (Mr Fireman) is the central character in this documentary. His story takes us from his youth in bible camp to the irreverent atheist he is today. Along the way he builds stuff, makes art, and forms a band. "I gave up a life designing coupons in a cubicle in order to become a horn-making, yodelling bandleader. I have no regrets".
Jamie is the guitar/ukulele player for the band. He sings too. And writes songs. This boy might have talent.
Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the home of David and his band, is a wellspring of creativity and enthusiastic support for the arts. Documenting this place and the people in it is a primary concern of this film.
This film celebrates the green/sustainability/gardening community by showing that we can raise more than just food in our neighbourhoods. We can grow music, culture and connections that make our lives better.
Above all, this film promotes doing things, making things, learning things. That includes making friends and building communities.