Private Project

Portrait of MeMe

Ten years after the sudden death of her grandfather, Alabama-born filmmaker unravels her grief by going to Coosada, Alabama for a visit with her 76 year-old grandmother “MeMe.”

A gentle snapshot of Southern womanhood, Portrait of MeMe is an intimate examination of familial grief and an exercise in unpacking the intergenerational effects of death.

  • Amelia Ray
  • Aaron Cecil Price
    Rural Revival
  • Shin Yu Liu
  • Jackson Ross Cropper
    Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Lynn Siew
  • Alia Elise Toorani
  • Kate "MeMe" Young Houston
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,450 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Savannah College of Art and Design
Director Biography - Amelia Ray

Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Amelia Ray is fascinated by the patchwork of stories that make up the American South. A SCAD Film/Television Alumni with a focus on non-fiction filmmaking and cinematography, she strives to capture the workaday beauty of Southern folks’ lives.

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Director Statement

With “Portrait of MeMe,” I wanted to investigate the human experience of grieving, using my own experience as the framework. My first experience with death was a traumatic, confusing, crippling event. It shaped much of who I am and how I process and deal with difficulty. 
Ten years later, I began imagining a piece that celebrates my grandmother’s life— perhaps a subconscious attempt to begin processing her eventual death. Throughout development, I realized I hadn’t considered what MeMe’s experience grieving her husband was like, because I was entrenched in my own grief. I saw this as an opportunity to have an honest discussion— through the lens— about what we felt, how we chose to deal with it, and what parts we hid from each other. I am interested in the things we keep from one another and what motivates us to do so.