Into my Life

A Film by Ivana Hucíková, Sarah Keeling and Grace Remington

Synopsis

Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s in the largest affordable housing cooperative in Brooklyn, Cassandra Bromfield’s world was artfully framed by her mother’s Super-8. A schoolteacher with many creative talents, Cassandra’s mom documented the exuberance of her neighborhood’s public spaces, showcasing the lively pool, the packed playground, and the graffitied handball court.
Passion to create was passed from mother to daughter, as was the lease on the affordable apartment. Cassandra still lives in the same place, working as a fashion designer during the day, sewing her clients’ visions, and as a filmmaker at night, assembling documents of her own life and environment with footage shot by her mother. When Cassandra posts her edits online, she notes the lack of comparable footage from the time of other black families, much less footage shot by black women. She believes that her mother’s intent behind the camera was to show that the lives of the people around her, people who might otherwise be forgotten, mattered. By exploring this rich, overlooked archive alongside Cassandra’s candid narration, Into My Life pays a moving tribute to the work of this mother-daughter duo, the community present in their neighborhood, and the power in creative self-representation.

Director

  • Picture of Ivana Hucíková © Ivana Hucíková

    Ivana Hucíková

    Ivana Hucíková is a documentary filmmaker from Bratislava, Slovakia, where she graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in 2015 and shortly after co-founded a collective of young documentary filmmakers, Mirakl, o.z. Her thesis short documentary film “Mothers and Daughters” was distributed by KineDok and screened in more than 60 venues in numerous countries of Europe. She was a development producer of an upcoming feature length documentary film, “Yours Sincerely, Social System”, which was awarded the IDFA Forum Award during the East Doc Platform 2017 in Prague. In 2017, she was one of the Fellows of the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio in New York, participated in the IDFAcademy 2017 in Amsterdam and was selected as one of the Fellows of the MADE in New York 2018 Fellowship. Ivana is currently working as a freelance documentary director, editor and cinematographer both in Europe and the US.

  • Picture of Sarah Keeling © Sarah Keeling

    Sarah Keeling

    Sarah Keeling is an artist and filmmaker, creating documentary films and interdisciplinary projects. She was a 2017 fellow in UnionDocs’ Collaborative Studio, where she co-directed two short documentaries and she is the recipient of a 2018 fellowship at IFP’s Made in NY Media
    Center in support of her upcoming documentary series. Her work has been shown in venues such as David B. Smith Gallery, CO; ISEA2015, Vancouver, BC; Queens Museum, NY; Visual Studies Gallery, University at Buffalo, NY; The Last Billboard, PA; and the West Virginia University Arts Museum, WV. Sarah earned a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014.

  • Picture of Grace Remington © Grace Remington

    Grace Remington

    Grace Remington is a producer who has worked in documentary film and television in the United States, Mexico, and Peru. She worked as the archival producer for “Abstract: The Art of Design" (Netflix, 2017) and for other shows that have aired on Netflix, National Geographic, and Discovery. She served as a fellow of the UnionDocs CoLab in 2017 where she also co-directed and produced "What We Have Built" (BAMcinemaFest 2018). She is currently working as an associate producer on an in-production, feature-length documentary.

Awards + Festivals

  • TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL (Shorts Program, World Premiere, New York, USA) April 20, 2018
  • HOTDOCS (Shorts Program, International Premiere, Toronto, Canada) April 30, 2018
  • ROOFTOP FILMS (Official Selection/Program, ‘Come and Take It’ Short Film Program, New York, NY, USA) July 14, 2018
  • CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Shorts Program, Camden, Maine, USA) November 16, 2018
  • GREATER CLEVELAND URBAN FILM FESTIVAL (Shorts Program, Cleveland, OH, USA) September 23, 2018
  • ORIGINAL THINKERS (Program 3: Remember Us Please, Telluride & Mountain Village, Colorado, USA) October 6, 2018
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT AWARD 2018*
    REEL SISTERS OF THE DIASPORA FILM FESTIVAL & LECTURE SERIES (Section B Screening Program, New York, New York, USA) October 6, 2018
  • NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE (The Great Migration Home Movie Digitization Project, Washington DC, USA) October 24, 2018
  • METROGRAPH (Double Exposure Series, New York, NY, USA)December 2, 2018
  • 5th BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beeston Nottingham, United Kingdom)March 13, 2019
  • 8th CINEMA PERPETUUM MOBILE ISFF (Official Selection, Minsk, Belarus)March 30, 2019
  • 'BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM*
    2nd MOSCOW SHORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia)April 30, 2019
  • 14th MONTREAL UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Montreal, Canada)May 24, 2019
  • 1st NORTHEAST MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dillard, Georgia, USA)June 14, 2019
  • 8th ON ART FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Warsaw, Poland)July 5, 2019
  • 4th TRANSILVANIA SHORTS - INT’L SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Transilvania, Romania)July 10, 2019
  • 5th MONTEVIDEO WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Montevideo, Uruguay)July 11, 2019
  • 10th MAKEDOX FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Skopje, Macedonia)August 21, 2019
  • 21st BELO HORIZONTE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Archive Selection, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)August 30, 2019
  • 3rd MANIFESTO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)September 6, 2019
  • 3rd BOLTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bolton, UK)October 1, 2019
  • 5th MINIKINO FILM WEEK (Official Selection, Bali, Indonesia)October 5, 2019
  • 4th ADIRONDACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Glens Falls, New York, USA)October 17, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
Ivana Hucíková, Sarah Keeling, Grace Remington
Producer
UnionDocs
Director of Photography
Ivana Hucíková, Sarah Keeling
Sound
Sarah Keeling
Editor
Ivana Hucíková
Music
Keith Kenniff

Cast

Cassandra Bromfield
M. Elaine Bromfield

Details

Running Time
15:11
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY/ SALES AGENCY

UnionDocs, Inc.
322 Union Ave
Brooklyn NY, 11211 USA

Christopher Allen
christopher@uniondocs.org