My mother decided to go back to school when she was 47 years old. Her four children had all left for college and she felt now was the time to re-start her career in fashion design so she enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology. I was auditing a film class at MIT's Film & Video section and made this documentary about her. Ricky Leacock and Ed Pincus headed up the film section and the house style, or house rules actually, was pure cinema verite: no interviews, no retakes, just shoot. With those two at the helm it could be nothing else. This film turned into a double portrait of her and of me. I hope it stands up as a document about women who made choices that involved sacrifice. Regarding the inevitable issues of privacy that the film challenges I can only hope you choose to watch the whole film before making a decision about whether I went too far. I stand by it, but you may not agree. For the record, this was shot on a CP-16 with a Nagra SN gaffer-taped to the side. I have the camera weighing about 30lbs when fully loaded on my right shoulder with nothing more than a 10mm Switar lens and I am holding a fairly nice Neuman mic in my left hand. Pincus called it Southpaw shooting. The film stock is mostly 7242 and pushed generally 3 stops. This transcode is from a low-res proxy off a 2K scan of a very beat-up print. – Mark Rance London 2012

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