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From the organization’s website:

“THE VANPORT MOSAIC IS A COMMUNITY-DRIVEN, ARTIST-LED NON-PROFIT COMMITTED TO AMPLIFYING, HONORING, AND PRESERVING THE SILENCED HISTORIES OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND OUR PRESENT.”

From 2016-2017 I had the privilege of volunteering as a videographer and editor with the Vanport Mosaic in Portland, Oregon. In small teams, we filmed and conducted interviews with survivors of the devastating Vanport flood of 1948, collaboratively editing and carefully combining both personal and historical archives. Every Memorial Day weekend, the Vanport Mosaic Festival commemorates the anniversary of this tragic natural disaster. Among the many annual festival events are film screenings, which have included the shorts below along with many others.

 
 

Jack Jones: A Scythe, A Shovel, and A Ring (2017)

Editor: documentary short, interview with Jack Jones, a worker during the cleanup following the devastating Vanport flood. In collaboration with the Vanport Mosaic community project. (password to watch is 'Vanport')

Evelyn Bolme: How We Knew We Were Indian (2016)

Editor: documentary short, interview with Evelyn Bolme, former Vanport resident and flood survivor in collaboration with the Vanport Mosaic community project.