Back in October I was contacted by a Carleton journalism student who asked if I would like to be the subject of a mini-documentary her group was making, for a class assignment on people who 'live green'. I said, "sure, why not?" Over the next few weeks they came and got footage of me at home, at a workshop I gave on kitchen herbs and they interviewed two friends. This is what they came up with.
I enjoyed working with the group of young ladies involved with the project and thought they did a good job of creating something that looks quite professional and making me sound reasonably coherent. And it gave me another opportunity to plug Shannon Hayes' Radical Homemakers!
I learned a few things from the experience too.
1. My face does strange and unusual things. For whatever reason the whites of my eyes seem very prominent, and what is up with my neck tendons!?! I am a freak.
2. I am very uncomfortable with how much of the piece focuses on me. Yes, I know it's supposed to be a documentary about me, and that makes feel weird and awkward.
3. Demonstrating the use of a neti pot is apparently good footage. It was used twice.
4. My friends spoke incredibly kindly of me and left out all mention of me being annoying, over-zealous, strident and kinda judgy about personal lifestyle choices.
5. Journalists will often tell their story, not yours.
For example: I am definitely NOT self-sufficient in growing my own food. I wish! I grow a teeny-tiny fraction of the food I eat. The rest comes from CSA's, farmer's markets, the 'wild', and occasionally the grocery store. Yeah, that part where I say, "I don't shop at grocery stores anymore", I go on to the list the exceptions like cooking oil, vinegar etc... but they cut that out.
When I talk about my concerns with climate change and resource depletion being the primary motivators for doing the things I do, only climate change was mentioned.
Small items of context are sometimes removed, creating confusion. Why is my friend J.G. pouring black beans into a pot? What does that have to do with anything? (I grew them and gave him some.) And when he is talking about people being weirded out that I might poison them at potlucks, he's referring to dishes with foraged foods in them.
Oh and also, the Tositos jar is actually filled with dried sumac berries, not salsa. That's not really relevant to anything, I just felt the need to clarify that. :)
In the end, being a part of this project was all worth it.