Porchlight is a really great series that invites folks to simply come tell a story, without notes, based on a theme. The theme for this edition was "Family Secrets," so we heard a wide range of funny, poignant and very touching stories. Evan's covered it all, complete with videos and some great commentary, on Litseen here.
I was touched by all the stories, but one that really affected me was filmmaker Sandy Salas' tale of growing up in a household with an abusive father. This story has no happy ending -- on June 5, 1995, her father killed her mother and himself. But the story continues today. Sandy and her siblings became determined to end the cycle of violence in their family, and as part of that effort, Sandy and her nephew are now embarking on a film project called "Recovering Irma." During this journey they're getting to know Sandy's late mother Irma through interviews, and they're filming it all to raise awareness and help end cycles of violence.
It's a really incredible story, one that I couldn't tell nearly as well as Sandy herself. So I'll leave you with the video, filmed by Evan Karp. But I also want to leave you with two things: 1) The reminder that telling our stories makes a difference, whether it's through the art of film or simply the spontaneity of words. And with this, the knowledge that seemingly endless cycles, such as the cycle of violence, can meet their end when we commit our lives and our art to stopping them. And 2) The chance to help -- visit the fundraising page for Recovering Irma here. There are only a few days left to help them reach their goal!
Stay safe this holiday season.