After the passing of his mother, director Stewart Copeland embarked on the creation of the documentary Jennifer to address the issues of loss and how a person’s absence can alter the atmosphere of the places they used to occupy for those left behind. Stewart joins us to discuss the difficulties of creating such a personal film whilst ensuring it remains accessibility to a wider audience.

Jennifer (2008)

In the short film Jennifer, filmmaker Stewart Copeland explores his relationship with his mother through a recorded conversation between eighth-grade students and astronauts aboard the international space station. Utilizing home movies, found footage, ambient music and voice over, combined with Copeland’s own imagery, the film explores the distant spaces between memory and history; hope and fear; longing and loss, creating something both personal and universal.

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