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A Short Documentary

Photographer Sally Mann once wrote: "Before the invention of photography, significant moments in the flow of time of our lives would be like rocks placed in a stream; impediments that demonstrated but didn't diminish the volume of the flow and around which accrued the debris of memory, rich in sight, smell, taste and sound."* Do photographs and film help us remember the past or remove us from it? As visual media becomes ever more ubiquitous, do we need our memories? Are our smart phones a barrier between us and experience? 

This film evolved over many months of research and interviews and then took on a new form when I gained access to hours of archival footage shot by my Grandfather in the 50s, 60s and 70s. With a wealth of incredible images I had a new angle from which to explore my initial question; how are our memories changing now that we have the ability to document every moment of our lives? The film's course was then altered again when I realized that my Grandfather himself would not live to see my project completed; a project to which interviews with him had become invaluable.


Directed and Edited by Martha Gregory

Shot by Charles F. Lowrey

Music by Adam Lindquist (IMDB)

Official Selection: Aspen Shortsfest, Cucalorus, Athens International Film and Video Festival, Milwaukee International Film Festival, the TIFF Bell Lightbox Monthly Shorts Program, Sebastopol International Documentary Film Festival, and The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. 

Winner: BEST DOCUMENTARY at the 2017 Aspen Shortsfest, Jacob Burns Film Center Creative Culture Award at the 2017 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, Critics Award at the 2018 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. 


*Mann, Sally. Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs. New York: Little, Brown, 2015. Print.