Lush with sensory detail and emotional complexity, Dream House is about family, home, and an architect’s journey to understand the crippling hold one house has on her. Author Catherine Armsden combines her expertise in architecture with a life-long interest in writing, which got a boost when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, as on many days all that was required was to show up at her computer with something to say.
Seattle Filmmaker Jen Marlowe returns today to bring attention to two upcoming important anniversaries that many are not aware of which she memorializes in two projects. There is a Field is a play about Land Day, an annual commemoration of land dispossession and the killings of Palestinian citizens of Israel in 1976, which has it’s 40th anniversary on March 30th. Witness Bahrain takes a stunning look at Bahrain’s uprising, when hundreds of thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets calling for democracy and human rights in Bahrain–and were met by violent repression from the Bahraini regime, repression which continues until today.
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In the months following her parents’ fatal car accident in Maine, architect Gina Gilbert is coming apart, anxious with her two young children, alienated by her clients’ grand house dreams and no longer certain she feels at home in San Francisco. While she and her sister Cassie are cleaning out their childhood home on the coast of Maine, they stir up painful memories and resentments over family possessions. A legendary collection of historically significant letters is missing from the artifacts they unearth, supporting a decades-old suspicion that their aunt or estranged cousin has stolen them. Catherine Armsden draws on her real-life experiences as an architectural expert and historian in penning Dream House, which was written after she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and both mentally and physically confined to her computer desk, and is the culmination of a lifetime interest in writing.
The coming months bring two important anniversaries. February 14 is the 5-year anniversary of Bahrain’s uprising, when hundreds of thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets calling for democracy and human rights in Bahrain–and were met by violent repression from the Bahraini regime, repression which continues until today. And March 30 is the 40-year anniversary of Land Day, an annual commemoration of land dispossession and the killings of Palestinian citizens of Israel in 1976. Seattle Filmmaker Jen Marlowe brings attention to both events in her film Witness Bahrain and her original play There is a Field, using both projects as a call to action, willing to risk her freedom to put these events on a platform for the world to become aware of the reality of what happened on these fateful days.
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