Generation

Time :   20min

Director:  Pamela Woolford

Programme Day/Date : Saturday 15th December From 8.05pm

Language/ Subtitles:  English

Country : United States

Social Media : 

W: generationthemovie.com    Facebook: @PamelaWoolford    Twitter: @Writergal5

Synopsis : 

An elderly narrator revisits her youth, telling the story of her sister Mable, a poor farm girl who reads classic literature to their abusive father, struggling mother, and family of seven brothers and sisters, helping to forge a new existence for them for generations to come.

An experimental solo screen dance short, Generation is shaped by a script consisting of two nearly identical voice-over monologues, echoing each other at various points and driving and chasing the film’s visual images. Generation is about memory and storytelling and windows in time. The film is inspired by the life of filmmaker Pamela Woolford’s octogenarian mother, Sadie Woolford, who grew up in rural poverty-stricken North Carolina in the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, where she would read classic literature to her family of ten sisters and brothers. In Generation, literary works of O. Henry—“The Gift of the Magi” and “The Last Leaf”—and the opening storyline of In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust serve to foreshadow…and inspire Mable, her mother, and their family’s fate.

Pamela Woolford is a filmmaker, writer, and performer—three forms of a storyteller. Woolford has been a North Beach American Film Festival Jury Award winner for her film Generation, an Experimental Forum Honorary Mention Award winner for her “vision and the film’s unique contribution to cinema,” a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner for screenwriting, and a recipient of an Official Citation from the Maryland House of Delegates.

"...I am a storyteller at heart. Everything I do as an artist—write, dance, make films—is based in that. This road I am on now began when I was so small. I got my storytelling tradition from my mother, who would read to me fairytales, myths, and short stories from some of her favorite authors, like Guy de Maupassant and O. Henry, who are referenced in the film—so is the work of Marcel Proust, though his name is not said. I grew up thinking certain writers of classic literature wrote stories for children because my mother never differentiated between them and the fairytales. In fact, she never spoke to me about any of the works at all. She read, and I’d let them wander around in my head and do their magic..."

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