Inclusion StatementRebecca's story isn't unique; as a woman and as a pregnant woman, Rebecca stands to prove what strength and perseverance women are capable of. Written and created by women, this is a story to include the female narrative and show up for under represented stories in film.
About The Project
Bittersweet is about Rebecca, a young, recently widowed mother-to-be who must come to terms with the sudden loss of her husband and partner. Together they had made a pact to become part of the growing movement of self-sustaining farmers, to raise a family and live off of the land—land that today many fear will not be part of their children’s futures due to increasing human-caused climate change threatening natural resources. Spiraling through the stages of grief, and hormones from the pregnancy, Rebecca tolerates depression and anxiety in a heightened state of sensitivity.
Midwestern winters can emphasize these abstract emotions, making them concrete and tangible, like the silence of feeling alone and the turmoil of being unable to fill that loneliness. Much of the imagery will capture the poetry of comparing snow and the progression of seasons to grief and major depressive disorder. Rebecca is challenged by her growing pregnancy, the deep, heavy snow, tapping for maple tree sap, miles from civilization. All of these hardships deepen her resolve as she overcomes obstacles that, with her husband alive, were once simple tasks.
Bittersweet provides us with the optimism that there is always something worth looking forward to, even when at times life seems bleak and fleeting. Written and directed by women, the film speaks for underrepresented communities—widows, mothers, Minnesotans, farmers, and women of all types. It usurps patriarchal tropes so often used in “damsel in distress” stories by allowing women to succeed without men, and by reinforcing masculinity and all aspects of humanity in everyone’s understanding of the world. It emphasizes the beauty in love and tragedy and supports those who have had experiences with loss and starting new chapters in their lives.
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About This Team
Director/Producer: Taylor Clement
Writer/Producer: Clara Davies
Assistant Director: Chandler Oja
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