Host/Producer Dmae Roberts talks with Portland filmmaker Lawrence Johnson about his new film Stuff. Johnson tells about Stuff and his experiences covering Native American and Oregon history projects through the years. He shares some clips as well. Later in the show, Poet, author and musician Leanne Grabel in Portland is featured in the eighth segment of the Writers Read series.
When Lawrence Johnson’s dad died, he inherited his dad’s stuff–a garage-sized storage unit’s worth of stuff. As his film Stuff unfolds, Johnson explores his relationship with his father through as he sorts through the things his father left behind.
At the same time, Johnson’s friend Phil is also dealing with the death of his father. The film follows Phil’s journey to Iowa to bury his father’s ashes. As both men evaluate their relationships with their fathers, they also turn inward to evaluate themselves.
Stuff combines live action documentary with inventive animation to tell the story of the complex and often difficult relationships between fathers and sons.
Johnson’s film is showing at Living Room Theaters starting June 17th.
Leanne Grabel is a poet, author, columnist, and spoken-word artist. Grabel combines her original music with her poetry performances and presents one of her works for Stage & Studio.
Her new memoir, Brontosaurus, is coming out this summer.
Grabel is also a teacher at the Rosemont Rehabilitation Center and School, and she’s currently working on a performance piece called “24 badgirls” based on her time at Rosemont.
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See the trailer for Stuff the film.