Round Point Movies

Director's Statement

An enduring social bond between two or more persons can be the foundation of any family, the smallest unit of our society. Kinship is both an ancient tradition and evolving institution which we depend on for our emotional and physical survival. I am surrounded by immensely brave and creative people who have broadened my understanding of how family can be shaped to meet the needs of our community. Despite this proliferation of diverse experience, I have encountered opposition to many forms of these social bonds. Opposition exists in our laws, in our language, and in our popular media. As a result, I felt compelled to make Household, to tell stories that reflect the families that surround me. At the very least, this video exists so that my friends and I can view them together and say, “Yea, that's us. It feels good to have movies about us, about the building blocks of our community.” In addition, I hope this documentary assists in the development of popular language that describes the way we all actually live.

Of even greater importance to me than the finished video was the production process behind Household. At the start of the project, I asked eight different families to allow me to videotape their daily lives. Four graciously accepted my proposal: an extended refugee family from Somalia, an interracial same-sex couple, a single mother in a housing cooperative, and a mother of six who has fostered nearly 50 children in her lifetime. In addition to sharing the routines and challenges of their own families, I asked one member of each family to be the narrator for the story of a different family. Through this method, each participant was able to be the observer as well as the observed in the documentation process. By exposing the history and experience of each narrator, their observations of others are placed within a relatable social context for the viewer. These observations are therefore not presented as hard facts, but as constructed meanings that reveal as much about the narrator as they do about the observed subject.

In the tradition of Jean Rouch's shared anthropology, the making of Household was an observational and interactive form of qualitative sociological research, for which the editing process was an artistic interpretation of the results. Through the camera's provoking presence, the participant's narrative voice, and my editorial decisions, we constructed new truths about our subject: family life. It is not a fixed nor ultimate truth. Our truth is complex and incomplete, but none the less honest, revealing, and inspiring.

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Round Point Movies

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Round point movies is an independent video production company operated by Craig Saddlemire in Lewiston, ME. Craig is committed to art, activism, and social change. He likes videomaking, bikes, creative expression, collaborative art making, gardening,…


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Round point movies is an independent video production company operated by Craig Saddlemire in Lewiston, ME. Craig is committed to art, activism, and social change. He likes videomaking, bikes, creative expression, collaborative art making, gardening, and community building. He tries his best to mix all of these things together and share his work online, at libraries, community centers, and other places accessible to the public.

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