I first had the idea of doing some kind of documentary project about my grandmother's life late last year, when our family began to talk about how we might celebrate her 90th birthday. She has always been a great storyteller, with an incredible memory for detail, and I knew she would be a great subject.
Even so, I was amazed by her screen presence -- natural as can be, perfectly comfortable (at least outwardly!) on camera, and willing to share her life story with great candidness and sensitivity.
It has been an honor to use my skills, such as they are, to create this portrait of a truly amazing woman.
Her name is Mary Frances Hoyt.
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