Private Project

self portrait in may

Inspired by a quote and the recent visit of her children, the filmmaker ponders over various themes relating to life and what it means to take care of it. Both a self portrait and portrait of a community, ideas of home, upbringing, happiness, and relationship are explored against the backdrop of spring's awakening. Thoughtful and meditative, "self portrait in may" offers the viewer a sense of self through the sharing of the universality of experience.

  • Catherine Bussiere
  • Catherine Bussiere
  • 1KWAVE Atlantic, Catherine Bussiere
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 15 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    765 USD
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  • Atlantic Film Festival
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    September 21, 2016
    North American Premiere
  • Charlottetown Film Festival
    Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Director Biography - Catherine Bussiere

Catherine Bussiere is a Canadian photographer and filmmaker based in Nova Scotia. Her work, at once candid and thoughtful, explores home in all of its senses. Through her lens we steal a glimpse into the deferential intimacy of the everyday, and the surprise it holds.

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Director Statement

This is my first feature film. It was done under the 1KWAVE Atlantic challenge which was to make a film in five months with a budget of $1 000. I decided to make a documentary and stay right home. For a month I filmed my immediate surroundings in rural Nova Scotia. I interviewed family and friends. The result is a poetic meditation on life accompanied by the striking beauty of spring.