Title: Burn Out the Day
Date: Friday, April 18
Time: 5 pm
Place: Tapps Art Center
1. What is your connection to the South?
My father is a North Carolina native and a graduate of VCU (then called RPI). He and my mother lived in Richmond, VA, when they were first married more than 50 years ago. I now live in Richmond myself with my husband and children, and teach at VCU.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
Burn Out the Day was inspired by personal upheaval: a challenging cross-country move; farewell to beloved friends; middle age. One November day, 16mm bolex in hand, I stumbled across a turquoise-painted home being burned to the ground as part of a training exercise for a rural volunteer fire department. Those images, combined with others of family and the past, are a visual synecdoche for an interior state of hunger and loss.
3. How did you start making films?
Shortly after college I was waiting tables in New York and I recognized the Academy Award-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple as the women to whom I had just served a bowl of miso soup. As a result, I became her intern on a made-for-TV-movie about boxer Mike Tyson. The first time I entered her sprawling loft, I saw a Steenbeck flatbed piled high with 16mm footage and thought: what the hell is that stuff?
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Aside from a huge house burning to the ground, no.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
Seeing the other films! Visiting Columbia for the first time.
6. Why should someone see your film?
It’s short? And poetic. And unusual.