DER Documentary

Water From Another Time

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by Richard Kane and Dillon Bustin
color, 29 min, 1982

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Water from Another Time is a documentary capturing the flavor of a life-style many of us have either forgotten or never known at all. The filmmakers visit three elderly residents of Orange County, Indiana, talk with them, enjoy their artistic creations, and learn something about the dignity and meaning of aging.

Lotus Dickey, 70, who raised eight children by himself, sits under a catalpa tree by his parents' farmhouse, playing his violin and singing songs he wrote. Elmer Boyd, 80, a shy bachelor, shows an ingenious water carrying system he built for his aging parents in 1943. Artist and poet Lois Doane, 87, shows her albums and sketchbook, and reads some of her work. It was from one of Lois Doane's poems that the title of the film was derived.

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“A very warm, appealing film that draws meaning from both the old and young generations depicted. Fine personalized narration. An intelligent, superior film. Shows a reverence for aging. A dignified tribute.” — EFLA Evaluations

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Honorable Mention, American Film Festival in New York, 1983

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