Diana Newton details the heart wrenching evolution of her changing family dynamic in the feature film The Ties That Bind. Continue reading for our interview with the Carrboro, NC based filmmaker.
What is your connection to the South?
My family has been in NC for seven generations, since the late 18th century. In fact, my father is named after General Robert E. Lee!
Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
From my personal experience of my family dynamics, my younger sister’s courage, and recognizing the value of allowing each other to become our most authentic selves.
How did you start making films?
I started as a producer of corporate training films and then became hooked on documentary films as a viewer and festival attendee. I started taking classes at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, and then this personal family story presented itself.
Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Not on set, but during post: my sister, Christine, a subject in my personal documentary, was helping identify photo credits. She called up to ask me who the people were in a particular photo, saying they “look like they might be neighbors.” I had to tell her it was US–her parents and older siblings! Having been born much later than the rest of us, she didn’t recognize us in fifties hairstyles and clothes.
What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
Being with audiences as they view my film, fielding their questions, and coming to Columbia for the first time in my life! How can I have been to Singapore 5 times but never Columbia, SC?
Why should someone see your film?
Because it pulls back the curtain on our very real family dynamics in a way we rarely see as viewers, and touches hearts and minds in its unflinching honesty about the complexity of family love and genuinely accepting differences.