Visiting Filmmaker Screens Work

On November 14, visiting filmmaker Kirsten Kelly screened her film Asparagus! Stalking the American Life (co-directed by Anne de Mare) for a group of 80 film and video production majors and faculty. Originally from W. Michigan, Kelly is a threatre director, educator and documentary film director who now lives in New York City. Kelly completed her B.A. at Calvin College and then moved to New York to attend the Julliard School for the Arts where she completed an MFA degree. The film tells the story of how U.S. foreign policy, including the “War on Drugs” and NAFTA, adversely affected the lives of asparagus farmers in Oceana County, Michigan where Kelly grew up.  Kelly tells this story with humor and affection, even as the film reveals a bleak future for family farmers. Asparagus! won numerous festival awards and was shown on PBS around the country.  After the film screening, Kelly answered questions from the audience and offered tips to aspiring documentary filmmakers.