DREAMS of the DEAD – THE FILM
Documentary, 18 minutes, 2019
DREAMS of the DEAD is a first-person journey propelled by memory and dreams.
When the filmmaker’s grandmother dies a sudden and traumatic death, the house that had been the emotional hub of the family becomes a portal to the past. But suburban development is encroaching, and the house is sold. With its demolition looming, the filmmaker takes us on a compelling voyage of emotional transformation.
THE MEMORY PROJECT
In the wake of death, what remains? Random artifacts, photographs, and places charged with meaning. We encourage you to share an image and your own story of an object, a place, or a photograph with emotional resonance – something that you have held on to, or something you’ve let go of.
Dining Room Chair
Geoff Inverarity, Vancouver
The characters are hard to read on this tiny label my Mother wrote and put under the seat of a dining room chair: the date 30 years ago she reupholstered the seat, a New Year’s resolution completed, perhaps. The chairs were made for her father almost a century ago, and she cherished them in her time. They have seen thousands of meals, they’ve been used by four generations, and they’ve travelled the world, from blitz-torn London to post-war Edinburgh, and now to Vancouver in a new century. She’s left me a reminder: it’s time to reupholster the chairs again. My Mother’s long gone, but her work remains; she is still the ghost in the machine of household tasks, those small renewals and re-orderings that sustain us, leave us free for the vast and dirty business of living.
- Note, please visit our blog page to read Geoff’s guest post, “My Mother’s Haunting”