Hello it is Paulette Moore, executive producer of Weaving Life and associate prof of media arts and peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. We are here, on the ground for Day Two at Big Water Film Festival in Washburn, WI. Our film screens today at around 11am at Stage North and we are excited about that!
One of my favorite aspects of presenting a film is the fresh details and meaning others bring as they watch the film. Yesterday I presented clips and the idea of relationship and responsibility in media to a grade 12 English class at Washburn, High School as a related festival event. The class was engaged in all of the considerations of the film: the technical, the editorial, and the ethical. Students were struck by the idea of the metaphorical visuals we use in the film; the rugs and the abstract b-roll throughout.
Two bits of feedback were particularly meaningful. Olaf said at first he was puzzled why the video in Anneli’s description of her conflicted relationship with her dad, Dan Terry, was blurry. Then he realized that Anneli was dealing with both memory of an event and reconciling how “blurry” that relationship was at the time.
Gina was visibly touched at a cutaway of a cup with a bird on it held by Anneli in the same section – where Anneli discusses her relationship with Dan. She felt there was such fragility in that image of the bird and the tentative way Anneli held the cup. She felt it directly related to the fragility of Anneli and Dan’s relationship. This also brought in the idea of tea and relationship so present as larger themes in the film.
What a gift for people to offer such thoughtful feedback. It honors the Terry family’s story and our work on the film. Thank you!