Filmmaker’s Name and Title: Desiree Dawn Kapler, Director, Writer, Editor
Film Name: Ode to the Port
Length of film: 4:37
Genre: Experimental Narrative
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
Ode to the Port is about my experience with childhood cancer. It's a kind of poem film that takes the viewer through some of the guilt, survivorship, and loss of cancer treatment.
What inspired you to make this film?
I was inspired by the object-- my chemoport-- that I still keep on my shelf. It has become a relic or artifact, in a way. I wanted to make a film that showed my port as the only remaining item from a history of survival. It's proof and validation, but I also wanted to make sure that the film expressed that hard work and sacrifice do not always pay off. Whether it's cancer or any other life obstacle, sometimes we make it through, and sometimes we don't, and it doesn't mean that anyone didn't try hard enough.
Name your Top 3 Films of All Time:
Don't make me answer this! WAY TOO HARD!!!
What’s your connection to Mississippi? (If you don’t have one, why did you apply to a Mississippi festival?)
I grew up in Clinton, MS, and graduated with my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Imaging Arts from the University of Mississippi. That is where I created a body of work that got me accepted into grad school at Virginia Commonwealth University for Photography and Film.
Anything else you want the audience to know about your film:
The Rainbow Song, which can be heard in my film, is a child's song that some of you may know. For many childhood cancer survivors in Mississippi, it is the Camp Rainbow Song. Camp Rainbow is a camp for children who have or had cancer. The song is the the camp song and the song we would sing at the tree ceremony each summer in memory of those we lost since the previous year.