‘The Cummington Story’ Tells Story of Refugees and Their New Community

In researching documentary history, I look for mentions of women who have contributed to the developments and growth of the form. One name I found was Helen Grayson, who co-directed The Cummington Story with Larry Madison in 1945. The Cummington Story is a short about the integration of World War II refugees into a town called… Read More ‘The Cummington Story’ Tells Story of Refugees and Their New Community

Memory and Narrative in ‘Stories We Tell’

Stories We Tell offers a sophisticated retelling of a family’s story that calls into question the nature of memory and narrative. It consists of extensive interviews, voiceover narration, archival footage, and staged footage to tell not multiple stories, but a single story from multiple perspectives. These perspectives come from director Sarah E. Polley’s family and… Read More Memory and Narrative in ‘Stories We Tell’