Lise Swenson, USA, 2013 (work-in-progress)
In Person: Lise Swenson; Celine Pallud, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley
Saltwater is an independent narrative feature film by Bay Area artist, filmmaker and educator Lise Swenson. It is set in the stunning visual backdrops of San Francisco and the Salton Sea and tells the story of Jenny’s search for her grandmother’s wedding dress at her eccentric Aunt Vera’s home at the Salton Sea. Amid the brutal ecological disaster of the sea and the mounds of family debris her aunt clings to, Jenny discovers both the secret that has haunted generations of her family and the strength to redeem herself.
The film is being produced in collaboration with City College of San Francisco using an educational community-based model. Since January of 2012, over 50 city college students have worked as interns to complete preproduction and bring this film to life. Saltwater began filming on February 28, 2013 with a crew made up of a mixture of students and respected industry professional and is due for completion in September 2013. Be the first to get a preview of this exciting project.