Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Silo




When I was in high school, I'd go out to the silo on the family farm and rehearse monologues or sing because the acoustics made my voice boom like James Earl Jones. (That's what I thought anyway.)
The silo is a special place to me not only as a personal auditorium, but as a creative space. Silos are also known as a place of ignition, of blasting-off. This video snippet from one of our early days of filming is really just us testing out the drone but it seems like an apt metaphor for the Rocket Grant and contributions I've received so far. I'm so grateful to those who have contributed and ignited this project with your generosity.

I still have a good way to go though. Please, please consider a donation to this project--and enjoy the ride!
Taking off,
DWR



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Kaleidoscopic Quilt Fantasia





A couple weekends ago, I spent a full day documenting the nearly 100 remaining quilts my grandmothers had made. Their handiwork is so incredible and the geometry of quilt making, sacred. Examining each quilt I saw pieces of fabric-from the suit I wore to pre-school graduation to dresses my Aunts wore to Sunday School–family history  literally woven in the fabric.
IMG_20171013_232428_resizedMy Grandmothers were part of quilting circles, in which each had a hand in the creation of the quilt. The quilts were constructed stitch by stitch and square by square. This creative process created community.
The process of creating this film is much the same. It’s hands-on and all-hands-on-deck. It takes a community.
2017-05-20 19.41.38_resizedThere have been many hands in this process. From an antique tractor association to a marching band to the friends and family who have volunteered their time and/or resources for filming or to any number of loved ones who have contributed in other supportive and meaningful ways.
The Rocket Grant has been an incredible ignition for this project. There have been numerous in-kind donations (drone/equipment/ volunteers) which has helped immensely with production costs.  I am exactly halfway through the process of this yearlong filming and need assistance in completing the short film for a premiere on the family farm in May of 2018.
Eternally grateful,
DWR