- Portrait, Personal Doc, and Essay
From 1965 to the present, M. Elaine and Cassandra Bromfield, two African-American women, made joyful documents of their lives in Brooklyn’s Lindsay Park Housing Cooperative on 8-mm film. Into My Life pays tribute to their drive for self-preservation and self-representation, highlighting the memories, identities, and relationships housed within their archive.
- Show treatment
Into My Life weaves together rare footage from an archive built by an African American mother-daughter filmmaking duo. Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s in the largest affordable housing cooperative in Brooklyn, Cassandra Bromfield’s world was artfully framed by her mother’s Super-8 camera. A schoolteacher with many creative talents, Cassandra’s mom documented the exuberance of her neighbourhood’s public spaces, showcasing the lively pool, the packed playground, and the graffitied handball court. Children and teenagers gleefully performed in front of her Bolex.
Passion to create was passed from mother to daughter, as was the lease on the affordable apartment. Cassandra still lives in the same place, working as a fashion designer during the day, sewing her clients’ visions, and as a filmmaker at night, assembling documents of her own life and environment with footage shot by her mother. When Cassandra posts her edits online, she notes the lack of comparable footage from the time of other black families, much less footage shot by black women. She believes that her mother’s intent behind the camera was to show that the lives of the people around her, people who might otherwise be forgotten, mattered.
By exploring this rich, overlooked archive alongside Cassandra’s candid narration, Into My Life pays a moving tribute to the work of this mother-daughter duo, the community present in their neighbourhood, and the power in creative self-representation.
- Running time
- 15 and 9 minutes
- Ivana Hucikova ... Co-Director, Cinematographer, Editor
- Prod. Co.
- United States
- Years of Production
- Brooklyn, New York
- Release year
- Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs, Rooftop Summer Series, Camden International Film Festival, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival
- 2018 Best Documentary Short - REEL SISTERS OF THE DIASPORA FILM FESTIVAL, 2019 Best Documentary Short - MOSCOW SHORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, VIDLINGS & TAPEHEADS, TRANSILVANIA SHORTS, DUMBO FILM FESTIVAL
- UnionDocs, PBS
- Broadcast (Prod.)
- Broadcast (Acq.)
- PBS - POV SHORTS
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