As part of its Made in NH Film Series, The Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem will present Peterborough Director Amy Jenkins’ award winning documentary film, Instructions on Parting, Thursday, September 20. The director will introduce her film and be on hand for Q&A with North Country Home Health & Hospice following the screening.
Instructions on Parting weaves breathtaking artistic footage with cinema verite to tell an elegiac story about transformation, grief, and the essential nature of the collective human journey. Told in an unconventional visual style, the story evolves from the viewpoint of Director Amy Jenkins, whose first child is born while she negotiates the cancer diagnoses and transits toward death of three of her closest family members. By chronicling with her camera to interrogate loss, the filmmaker leads us to a bold and daring acceptance of our inevitable end. “A deeply moving, tautly poetic diary of multiple loss… Transcendent insight[s], folded into the film’s rich, rhythmic structure, stay with you long after the ending.” — David Brody, Artcritical
Director/Producer/Editor and Peterborough resident Amy Jenkins is an artist whose installations, films, and photography have been exhibited, screened and collected internationally. Her works, which focus on themes such as familial relationships, desire, and gender identity, have been exhibited at museums including The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Haifa Museum, Israel; Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, Austria; the Akron Art Museum, Ohio; and Palm Beach ICA, FL. Her solo exhibitions include Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, GA; Brattleboro Museum, VT; Kustera Tilton Gallery, NYC, Sioux City Art Center, IA, and John Michael Kohler Art Center, WI. Jenkins’ has been a LEF Foundation Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Fellow, and a two-time nominee for the CalArts Alpert Award in Film/Video. Jenkins’ first film, the short experimental documentary Audrey Superhero, was reviewed in the NY Times, and her artwork has been reviewed in many publications, including The NY Times, ARTnews, Bomb, Performing Arts Journal, and The Village Voice.
Instruction on Parting premiered at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, and won Best Documentary Athens Film Festival, and was an official selection at the Independent Film Festival, Boston, MA, Montclair Film Festival, Montclair, NJ, White River Indie Festival. White River Junction, VT.
General Admission tickets at the door for the 7:30 showtime are $10, $8 for Colonial members. Concessions include beer and wine, organic popcorn, hot dogs, soft pretzels, fine chocolates coffee and tea. # # #