let's move to the country

I never think to write about the farmhouse because it has just sort of always been there. Brent's childhood home that was ruined in a fire years ago sits on the property- the big hole burned in the side only recently covered with plywood. I never think of it as something special until someone comes to visit and undoubtedly spends hours photographing the weird decay, the cobwebs, the broken windows, the cascading light. It has also become a place to build sets here at Nervousfilms which has also added to me forgetting it as it's own strange & beautiful place.

Brent's short Carlin was filmed almost entirely in the house, Tinkerer Used to Be a Trade sets still linger in two of the abandoned rooms (including a death bed scene attached to a wall so as to shoot head on but seemingly from high above and a rotating set divided into three small scenes depicting the interior of Thomas Edison's dying thoughts viewed through a hole in his head), I even filmed a short for Electric Literature in the space! Gravity also has a few shots in or around the farmhouse. The narrator of the film explains it is the house Mary grew up in. It's where her mother was born and died. It's the place she moves out of to enjoy her life with Leonard. There's so much wrapped up in the fictional world of that poor little house!

It's come in handy for set design too! One day we hope to fix it up and make it livable but first we must decide how to evict the GIGANTIC raccoon who has taken over the attic! I keep waiting for him to invite me over for tea he is so domesticated! Or maybe send me his reel...



Donna K. is a recent transplant to the Midwest where she can be found exploring culture at large through film programming, writing and her general interest in the world- both on and offline.