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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 survive 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, Athens International Film and Video Festival, Milwaukee International Film Festival, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival and the TIFF Bell Lightbox Monthly Shorts Program. 

Winner: BEST DOCUMENTARY at the 2017 Aspen Shortsfest


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