Nashville Scene Review: “Marvelous Unsung Doc”

July 27th, 2010 by amaynor

Betsy Phillips of the Nashville Scene just posted a lovely write-up about the film on her blog titled, “For Memories’ Sake: A Marvelous Unsung Documentary About a Local Grandma.” An excerpt is below and you can read the full article/interview here. We especially love how the post is tagged “Joelton Rules!”–thanks for the Nashville-love, Betsy!

For Memories’ Sake was shown at the Nashville Film Festival. I didn’t see it. I don’t recall any local media covering it. But one of my friends saw it at the film festival kind of by accident (it was showing alongside another documentary she did mean to see) and she could not stop talking about it.”Have you heard anything about it?” she asked me. I hadn’t. “But it’s about a woman who lives right by you who takes pictures, every day. Like twelve pictures a day. It’s really strange. But it will blow your mind.”

Well, of course, I could not resist the twin promises of a documentary about a woman who lives by me and having my mind blown, so I got in touch with the filmmaker, Ashley Maynor, who hooked me up with a copy of her film.

Which I then watched about ten times in a row. And then, I could not stop thinking about it. I tried to talk Jim Ridley into writing about it, so that someone who understands movies could explain to me what the hell I was seeing, but he declined.

So, the basic premise is simple enough. Maynor’s grandmother, Angela Singer, lives between Joelton and Ashland City, up by my vet. Every day, for the last 30 years or so, she’s taken at least a handful of pictures. Some are ordinary, like pictures of family members or cows or flowers. Some are stranger, like pictures of checks or multiple pictures of her son’s grave or self-portraits of her dressed like an Indian.

But the film is more than that, it’s a really poignant meditation on artistry and creativity and legacy and what it means to witness, all crammed into about 30 minutes.

It did blow my mind. And I feel like the community got cheated out of knowing about this film, because it didn’t get any coverage.

So, I asked Maynor some questions I had after watching the film, which she was gracious enough to answer.

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The production of For Memories' Sake was made possible by a grant from the Southern Humanities Media Fund.

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