Many of you know that I now have a significant other, so to speak, and that her name is Megan and that she’s a filmmaker. Those of you who don’t, well, now you do. Recently, she completed a trailer for her 1-hour-long documentary, Finding Home and uploaded it to YouTube (above). Give it a watch; she’s currently in the process of finding funding in order to host more screenings of the film and to submit it to film festivals. Here’s the synopsis (which I helped write):
“Finding Home” explores the concept of home at the beginning of the 21st century from a working woman’s Do-It-Yourself sensibility.
Megan O’Connor, the San Diego-based filmmaker, takes the viewer to the blizzards of Beatrice, Nebraska, both her hometown and the location of the Homestead National Monument, only to discover that home isn’t necessarily where you were raised. Unfortunately, it isn’t where you live at any given moment either, she learns by polling everyone from her Generation X friends to the homeless of Southern California. O’Connor’s journey unfolds while the concept of “home” takes center stage in politics, as the 2008 election reaches a crescendo and the mortgage crisis slams the nation.
A first-person film that will remind documentary fans of Ross McElwee, Finding Home universally resonates with renters, homeowners, and anyone who feels lost and lonely in contemporary society.
I really like McElwee, so it’s no surprise I really like her film (and just her in general).