WHAT IS HOME? (A Video Series) 

IN DEVELOPMENT. (A documentary project pulling at this filmmaker's heart since 2013.)

This short documentary video series asks, what is home? Is home a feeling, a web of memories, a group of people, a dwelling?  Now is an especially important time to connect the world by peeking into the personal spaces and perspectives of individuals around the world.

Three themes (cultural history, immigration, and the COVID-19 pandemic) connect the individuals the series follows. The short videos will reveal different lives from Roma people, to multi generation farmers, to homelessness, to immigration, to self-quarantine.

Each video story is tied together through montages showing the many individuals across the videos and woven readings from books, songs, movies, and poems on the meaning of home.


Now is an odd time to think about going out and filming intimate stories of individuals in their home, but odd only logistically, not thematically. I hope someday soon to be able to safely begin production on this project, but I think using the current restrictions we face as creative style instigation is exciting.

The camera starts in wide shots outside with an individual at a distance telling their story. Slowly, as we learn about them, we move closer, inside their home, with intimate close ups of the people and their spaces.


"...But if I moved here would I stop feeling homesick? Probably not. It’s more an idea than anything else. Now New York is here whenever I want it, and that’s probably ideal. It’s handy living in the wrong place.” - Isabel Fonesca

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
― Maya Angelou

“A house is no home unless it contain food and fire for the mind as well as for the body.” – Margaret Fuller

"Maybe that’s all family really is—a group of people who miss the same imaginary place." - Garden State

"He was understanding now that no man could live without roots- roots in a patch of desert, a red clay field, a mountain slope, a rocky coast, a city street. In black loam, in mud or down deep - in home." - Kurt Vonnegut Player Piano

“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.”
― Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate