The intent for this thesis is to to explore the ideologies of my grandmother and to learn from them. I do so by filming and editing a documentary with Grandma serving as my subject. She is a woman who has been very present in my life and who has lived and bestowed so much upon me that I still remain wanting more. I wish to know much more of her mind now than I did as a child of simpler times and ponderings. I have spent close to a year shooting and assembling this film that explores the nature of my grandmother and how I might learn from who she is. I do so through means of experimental and documentary conventions. I've researched the psychology of older women in a means to come to an even clearer understanding of Grandma, as well. There is perhaps an unconscious ignorance of women of older age: being that women are seen as child bearers that lower in value once you are no longer capable. My grandmother never had children of her own; she is my father's stepmother. Examining her maternal nature has brought about the question of the very definition of motherhood.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
Nicholson School of Communication and Media
Wilson, Olivia A., "Don't Worry: A Personal Documentary of My Grandmother and an Exploration of Themes of Motherhood, Loneliness, and Later Life" (2019). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 528.