|Photo by Alan Collins with Meetshrimp Films|
Back stage in the dressing room of my old high school’s theatre, there was a wall whereupon seniors would sign their names on the closing night of their last performance. The once eggshell white wall had been covered in lipstick, nail polish and sharpie. Some of the scribbles were names, inside jokes and well wishes. Many thought in length about what they would leave on that wall but the truth is that it didn’t really matter what the author had decided to write down because all of it meant the same thing, I was here.
Film allows us that same opportunity to leave our mark on the world. With the push of a button we are able capture poignant human moments while at the same time create stories that might have so easily be forgotten and never acknowledged for what they are, lived experiences.
NPR recently aired an excellent piece that touched on the incredible impact a single person can make with compassion and a camera. In the interview “Advocate Fights’ ‘Ambient Despair’ in Assisted Living,” Martin Bayne shares his experience of living in an assisted living facility where he helps those around him leave a legacy of their own. Mr. Bayne says of the interviews,
“I find that people that I’ve never talked to before in that way all of a sudden open, and your life spills out in front of me and I’m moved often to tears myself. One of the first things I do when someone’s died is show the video for their children. I still keep them, but I always show it to the family if I do have a video of the deceased.”
These videos will probably never be shown to the public, and the individuals interviewed will remain unnamed and ambiguous to us outsiders. And that is fine. It is not a requirement that the entire world must bear witness for one to leave a legacy. Even though that signed wall in my old theatre has been torn down, there is comfort in knowing that I had left my mark.
Click here for more information on Mr. Bayne’s interview