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Filmmaker Spotlight: Greg Timmons & Nikolas Diener

Who: Meet The Filmmakers: Diemo Productions
What: Short Film Screening(s) & Director Talk
When: Saturday February 25th, 7-11p
Where: The Parliament Art Gallery, 116 E King St, Downtown York, Pa
Important Info: $5 Cover, BYOB

It’s been nearly 25 years since Greg Timmons and Nik Diener were new boys together in the first grade. Their moms and dads met at a parent teacher conference and arranged a play date because both families had just moved here.

It would turn out to be an incredible success, so far as arranged friendships are concerned.

Not only was Nik Greg’s first friend in York, he would turn out to be unlike every other friend Greg would have – starting with the fact that he could barely speak English, yet knew German and Japanese.

“It all just felt very different,” Greg said. “I wanted to know what (Nik’s family members) were saying and I wanted to be able to speak it myself.”

The friendship inspired Greg’s a lifelong curiosity about German, and the two boys influenced each other as they grew older. They still, as so often happens, drifted apart after high school.

Greg had too many interests and not enough lifetimes to choose all of his possible career options. He bought a one-way ticket to Germany and was living there and working as an automobile mechanic when the economic recession hit.

“At that time, in my mind, that was where I was going to live the rest of my life,” Greg said. “I was obsessed with the idea of learning about different cultures, assimilation, and I wanted to know if I could assimilate into a new culture, if I had it in me to live my life speaking a second language daily. It was kind of like a personal test to see what I was capable of.”

Around the time he finally learned to speak fluent German, he was told he couldn’t reapply for his work visa and his job was being given to a native German.

He was devastated, but, looking back, he feels he passed the test he’d set for himself.

And it’s perhaps difficult to scorn a trip home that resulted in his reuniting with an old friend in the truly universal language of art.

In 2009, Nik was studying film at Temple. Greg, newly stateside, was majoring in International Studies in German at Millersville.

The two started hanging out again and decided to go halves on the joint purchase of a Canon digital SLR camera with video. The idea was for Greg to take stills and Nik to shoot video.

They named their endeavor “Diemo,” a blend word of their two last names, and the production company got its start with small-paying photography gigs and short film video projects.

The little side job became too successful.

“I fell in love with film,” Greg said. “It was like this whole new endeavor, this more complicated version of photography. I had never considered doing it, and Nik’s interest in it made me realize how much fun figuring it out could actually be.”

That’s the story of why Gregory Timmons is still one semester away from a four-year degree, and it’s the truth of how this business was launched about eight years ago.

Now Greg’s 29 and Nik’s 30. About five years ago, they moved their operation out of Greg’s old high school bedroom in his parents’ house and into the attic at The Parliament.

If Diemo were to make a video about themselves, if the cameras were flipped around, the audience would see them sitting up in their third-floor studio in the dark with their machines, backs facing the top of the stairs leading to their space. Two man-shaped shadows sitting alongside each other, backlit by the soft glow of computers in front of them, spending hours and hours pushing things around on a computer with their fingertips.

Diemo would probably time-lapse this meta exercise to demonstrate the tedium. Sometimes the process of their work feels as slow as the tiny blades of grass emerging from dirty hulls in the next room, an experiment embarked as part of a lawn lime commercial they were shooting.

But the result of their attention to this macro level is artful, evocative videos that tell stories through beautiful imagery, employing rhythms and methodology the typical viewer doesn’t even recognize.

The men behind Diemo say this invisible artistry is a key to their success. They pride themselves on getting better at what the viewer doesn’t see.

 

Sixteen Jackies and Port Ellis at The Parliament

Who: Sixteen Jackies (Philadelphia,Pa) & Port Ellis (York, Pa)
What: Live Music
When: Saturday January 28th, 7-11p
Where: The Parliament Art Gallery, 116 E King St, Downtown York, Pa
Important Info: $8 Cover, 18 and older, BYOB

Pull up to the traffic signal in Dover and you’re unlikely to hear the shoegazing, ethereal sound of Port Ellis pouring from the open windows.

The more popular choice in this rural community is the quaint familiarity of mainstream country.

But this is where self-identified introvert and 20-year-old Gabriella Portelles finds enough air to inspire the big atmosphere of her evocative dream pop.

Port Ellis in action.

Port Ellis in action.

Dover is her home, but so is York City.

Port Ellis’ lead singer and songwriter, Portelles is an exemplar of The Parliament’s mission to attract young creatives to the city and nurture them into working artists.

She was just a junior in high school when she started volunteering for the fledgling arts organization five years ago.

“That was my introduction into the arts community in downtown York,” Portelles said. “It was encouraging to me as a beginning artist to see other people who were passionate about the same thing I was.”

Homeschooled until high school, Portelles said she wasn’t a tidy fit for any of Dover’s three main social groups: the agriculture crowd, the theater kids, or the athletes.

“I definitely stood out more than I thought I did when I was in high school, but there’s value in that...Not being around likeminded people gave me the opportunity to carve out my own identity.”

While she wasn’t bullied or discriminated against at school, she found a special form of peer inclusion at The Parliament.

"Untitled" by Gabi Portellis

"Untitled" by Gabi Portellis

A Fine Arts major at Millersville University, Portelles held an internship at the King Street gallery in 2015 and submitted visual art for gallery shows.

“It made me take myself more seriously as an artist,” she said. “Getting feedback from adult artists… also made me feel like I was kind of legitimized.”

When Portelles first started writing music as a teen, she experimented with vocal effects and was inspired by artists such as Enya and Imogen Heap, she said.

As her brother, cousin, and other band members joined, the music took on more of a structured, pop dynamic.

Brother David Portelles and cousin Justyn Dusold play guitar. Matt Ferguson is on bass and Zach Harbold plays drums. Gabriella plays keys and synth.

Band members construct the music for their instruments based on her melodies and framework for the song.

“I’m really into exploring different textures and sounds that I can achieve through vocal processing, and how that interacts with the rest of the instruments,” she said. “I’m introverted in a lot of situations, but when I’m singing, I’m able to say what I wouldn’t say otherwise.”

Check out the band at portellis.bandcamp.com and on YouTube and Facebook. They’re planning to release an EP this year.

‘Glum’ Rock: York-based Port Ellis plays Saturday’s show at The Parliament with Sixteen Jackies, a Philadelphia band comprised of four former Yorkers.

Lead singer and songwriter Joey DeMarco, who plays guitar and keyboard, said the band took its name from an Andy Warhol work depicting First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband was assassinated.

“I thought it fit the feel of the band,” DeMarco said. “The idea is to cast Jackie Onassis as a scream-queen horror lead.”

The indie rock band has a new wave feel, but the members dress up and DeMarco’s lyrics are “neurotic,” he said. “It’s very glammy. We call it glum rock, like sad glam.”

Ian Staley sits behind the drums. Jeremiah Bull is on guitar, and Tim Davis plays bass.

DeMarco is known for his wild makeup and glam attire, including bright eye shadows, lipsticks, glitter, and outdated women’s clothing he found at a swap meet in Arizona with his boyfriend.

DeMarco’s current lyrical train is love songs filtered through horror movies and crammed full of references to his favorite scream queens.

“I’m a big movie buff and horror movies are my favorite,” he said. “When I’m writing about something, I’ll compare the situation in the song to a situation in a classic horror movie.”

Demos are available at sixteenjackies.bandcamp.com. The band is on Facebook, and will be recording an EP this year.