By Charlotte Matthews
During the Depression people swarmed to theaters to behold the
Wizard of Oz in Technicolor:
the bright yellow road, the ruby red slippers.
a way to divert minds from worry.
I think of this now when I try to recap last week's filming
of the trailer for Whistle Words. It was transcendent
the way the Wizard of Oz must have been. It took patience and expertise and
insight on the part of the film crew.
We began with images of me typing on my 1941 Corona and ended with an image
of the waterfall in Schuyler, Virginia - itself a magnificent and formidable force of nature.
In between those shots we filmed my mastectomy scars, making of them
something artful, ethereal.
I am so grateful to Betsy and Ryan and Jason and Kai for a day of
wonder and transcendence--all shot at our house in Schuyler.
Indeed there is no place like home.