9/10/19: Saltwater

It is with deep sadness and ambivalence that I finally watched Saltwater, the final film by teacher, friend, and mentor Lise Swenson, who passed away in 2016. It’s an amazing achievement, a full-length, independently produced and funded film. But it’s hard not to watch what is clearly a labor of love and community-building through the lens of its content – difficult inter-generational relations, mental illness, the potential for creation (of art) as a way to transform after trauma. Lise, to all who knew her, was a force, a passion, a compassion. I miss her.