10Feb

Owing to the high cost of living eat every bean and pea in your soup…

Having recently had the chance to work closely with some almost folkloric American objects of tradition, I have found myself fascinated in the ‘outsider’ American’s life. The American who sits on a stool in a desert instead of au McDo; who is ‘wheeled’ into an interview by a helper rather than a PA. The life of a (sane) lady of older years has particularly caught my attention. With the aid of a 1982 16mm documentary about this wonderful charm of California, I learned of a lady of 84 years who built an entire small village out of bottles to initially house her collection of 17,000 pencils. Fascinating and charming, she talked me through the tragedies of out-living all of her children and both of her husbands, whilst her glamorous and equally lovable older sister chirped at her incorrect timing of chicken consumption.  So, if only to gain a sweeter view on life, I hope you watch this and get inspired to create wherever you are. More on the wheeling in via helper to follow. (Click here to view) /- Tom Kitching/Slashstroke

Film by Allie Light, Irving Saraf
Produced by Irving Saraf and Allie Light. Associate Producer: Lynn O’Donnell
Cinematographer: Philip Greene
Sound: Kirk Schuler
Editing: Irving Saraf and Allie Light
Copyright: 1982, Irving Saraf and Allie Light
28 minutes, Color
Original format: 16mm, 1982

Distributor: Light-Saraf Films