Collected Voices Film Festival 2020
It's not a matter of if a fire will affect you in California, but when. This observational documentary film explores the shifting environmental impact on the iconic Southern California citrus orchard & farm in Ventura County. This film was made in collaboration with a teaching artist and lemon farmer, Ellen Birrell, who wrote the text for the piece. Her property survived a sudden conflagration that burnt most of the lemon farm in Santa Paula on the eve of Halloween 2019. The scorched landscape represents the exacerbating "new normals" of fire and drought, of global warming. Walking through a burn zone on the citrus farm one looks back and forward at a landscape entrenched in memory. The color of the earth is changing; there will be fire and lupines will abound. Face forward with remembrance.