In Utero is a cinematic rumination about life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world. The film brings together for the first time convincing data that explains why some of us face challenges from the start while others thrive.
As a filmmaker attending the 2016 LDS Film Festival in Orem, Utah (Life Under The Horseshoe, Official Selection), I’m excited about this documentary written and directed by Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal. As the film’s website suggests, “Experts in the fast-growing field of epigenetics explain that we are not only our genes but a product of our environment as well, a proven fact that changes our perception of stress and exposures to the environment during pregnancy. The film looks at how these environmental effects are passed down through the generations through our genes, making it scientifically plausible that a traumatic event that affected your grandma could leave a mark on your genes.”
In Utero looks like a powerful film with new, amazing evidence from, “experts in the fast-growing field of epigenetics that explain we are not only our genes but a product of our environment as well, a proven fact that changes our perception of stress and exposures to the environment during pregnancy.” I’m a HUGE fan of thought-provoking films and it looks like from the film’s trailer, reviews and synopsis, In Utero will fall into the “transformative” film category. Similar to the powerful and thought-provoking films that I covered the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, I’m excited to see what other filmmakers are producing and creating. Most of the time I don’t get the chance to ‘mingle’ with other filmmakers and to really understand why they produce the films they do. The LDS Film Festival gives the public the chance to view amazing films along with it’s filmmakers the opportunity to share thoughts, ideas and to network with similar creative professionals. Their website reads, “The LDS Film Festival has grown tremendously over the last few years. What began as a short film festival, is now a major event that showcases an impressive array of feature films, special screenings and short films. Over the last ten years, attendance has been constantly increasing, now averaging 5000-7000 visitors. Since its inception, the LDS Film Festival has premiered dozens of theatrical releases and screened hundreds of films. Regional, national, and international media have all reported from and about the festival, including The Associated Press, The Washington Post, and Premiere Magazine.”
In Utero will screen on March 3rd, at 5:15pm at the LDS Film Festival. If you are unable to attend the festival at the SCERA Center in Orem, Utah, In Utero has additional screenings in 2016. Metamora Films will be there earlier in the day on March 3rd at 12:15pm as the festival screens our film, Life Under The Horseshoe. We are excited to be apart of this amazing film festival!
What is the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation? Beginning with the 2008 groundbreaking for Reconciliation Park, which was Dr. John Hope Franklin’s last public appearance before his death in March 2009, the Center’s Board of Directors has created an exciting vision – to transform the bitterness and mistrust caused by years of racial division, even violence, into a hopeful future of reconciliation and cooperation for Tulsa and the nation.
Please join documentary filmmaker, Matt Duhamel and Metamora Films at this year’s national symposium. The Center is focusing on several areas of conversation. These include:
Our feature documentary, The Forgiveness Journey (watch the film for free on YouTube) will also be part of this amazing symposium on May 28th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We are also very excited to be working alongside Dr. Forrest C. Crawford as we both embark on “Courageous Conversations” that cover important discussion on forgiveness, compassion and more.
Other keynote speakers include: Isabel Wilkerson, award-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns and “Hate Crimes in the Heartland” documentary film screening and national-local discussion panel featuring Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Rachel Lyon.
Please join us in Tulsa, OK on May 28th. If you are unable to attend, please watch for our talk on our YouTube page in early June.