Title

Our House

Date of Award

Spring 5-27-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Departments/Programs

Film and Media Studies

First Advisor

Michael Gitlin

Second Advisor

Martin Lucas

Academic Program Adviser

Kelly Anderson

Abstract

Our House is a documentary short film about the role personal archives play in our lives and how they are used to remember lost loved ones. Kevin Volk lost his father, Ernest, when he was just three years old. For years, his questions about Ernest were greeted with platitudes such as, “He would give the shirt off his back,” but very little substance. The film explores how family artifacts have given a window into the man who died of a heart attack at 46 years old and how it helped his son deal with the grief. The things we collect and discard are extensions of our memories both happy and sad. How the Volk family has dealt with personal items over the generations speaks to how each member handles loss of all kinds.

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