As Cassandra Bromfield grew up in Brooklyn’s Lindsay Park Housing Cooperative, so many of her most memorable moments were recorded by the artful gaze of her mother, M. Elaine. Elaine, a schoolteacher, made capturing the daily existence in the largest Mitchell-Lama co-op in Brooklyn a practice that paid tribute to the lives of its diverse inhabitants. She documented the exuberance of Lindsay Park’s public spaces, showcasing its lively pool, packed playground, and graffitied handball court. Children and teenagers gleefully performed in front of her Bolex.
Today, Cassandra lives in the same apartment and continues to engage with this audiovisual legacy by editing short videos from the Super-8 footage she and her mother shot. She works as a fashion designer during the day, sewing together visions her clients have of themselves, and as a filmmaker at night, assembling documents of her life and that of Lindsay Park.
Into My Life dives into this family archive and juxtaposes it with contemporary footage of Cassandra in her apartment, sewing, editing, and discussing her legacy. She takes us from her beginnings in Lindsay Park to the present day. The archival footage shown dovetails her discussion of the importance of (self-)documentation, featuring her and her mother’s own in-camera editing and recordings of each other. By exploring this rich, overlooked archive as guided by one of its creators and its current keeper, Into My Life pays tribute to the work of Cassandra and her mother and underscores the importance of this archive and the lives it captures.This project is a part of Just to Get By, a UnionDocs Collaborative Studio Production.