I am delighted to share my grandmother's story with you. I hope it inspires you to spend some time with your grandmother or another beloved relative.
That scene made me realize that my grandmother wasn’t going to be around forever and that she had so many interesting stories that would be lost if no one recorded them. So for the past 6 years, I have been filming her.
My goal with the film is to encourage people to not take the ones they love for granted. When I heard that my grandmother had absolutely no souvenirs of her mother, it broke my heart. It seems unfathomable to not have a souvenir of someone we love. But even in this era when everything is documented, and even cell phones have cameras, this scenario is still plausible. I recently talked to a woman who also didn’t have any souvenirs of her late mother because she lost everything in the Oakland Hills Fire of 1991.
I’ve also talked to people who have seen the film, and it made them want to run out and film grandma that day. I highly encourage anyone to do this. They don’t even need to make something for public consumption. They should go ahead and make that souvenir that they can perhaps share with their own grandchildren someday.
Revolution Revisited (producer/editor)
Audience Choice Award Winner for Best Documentary
CineKink Film Festival, NYC
Tapestries of Hope (co-editor)
Bella Bella (editor)
The Virtues of Corned Beef Hash (cinematographer/editor)
My Life Story in Short:
Since then she has worked as a producer, director and editor specializing in documentaries and narrative films based on true events. Her diverse work has screened in film festivals all over the world, including Tribeca, Slamdance, SXSW, and the Hawaii International Film Festival ; and her broadcast work has been shown on Showtime, PBS, the Oxygen Channel, the WB, and The Filipino Channel.
Jessica is passionate about documentaries and continues to edit for other producers and directors.
Kuna Ni Nanang (My Mot...Documentary, 4mins