Saturday, June 5, 2021

2021 Films: That's It

That's It by Kat Rodriguez
Delavan, WI (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 7 minutes
Screening Time: TBA

In this documentary short film, we follow a man who cleans grass and debris from the headstones of his family. As he tries to honor their memory and stop time from erasing their physical markers, he reminisces about the past and what these uncertain times might hold for the future generations.


Director's Bio

Kat Rodriguez is an artist living in Wisconsin. She works mostly with watercolor and acrylics as painting mediums. Her desire to tell a family story during the 2020 pandemic led her to work beyond the canvas to create a documentary short film titled ‘That’s It’. The film follows her grandpa’s activities as he clears grass and debris from family headstones. The idea of a memory and one person’s ability to selflessly honor ancestors was a driving force for her wanting to create the short film. Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in studio arts from UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts and continued education in production art with MATC.

Director Statement

This project was outside of my creative space and I’m glad I pushed myself to complete it. Making this documentary short film was a great experience not only in learning how to tell a story through a new medium, but also in connecting with my grandpa and taking a walk in his shoes for an afternoon. I enjoyed learning more about our family and listening to the stories he told of the people who had passed but with his help are not forgotten.

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