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Through My Mother's Eyes

"Through My Mother's Eyes" is a short story of unconditional love and reminiscence. Mother, wife and daughter Kristen Burns' gift for photographic scrapbooking was more than just that, it became her legacy for her remaining family. Follow Cally Hogsett, mother of Kristen Burns as she shares the story of Kristen's photography journey, and the impact of the familial moments that are embedded within the pages of her daughters life's work.

  • Natalie Drew Burns
  • Natalie Drew Burns
  • Anne Caroline Hogsett
    Key Cast
  • Carter Alan Bacon
    Sound Mixer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 28, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Marshall University
  • Marshall University Student Film Festival
    United States
    March 8, 2023
    Marshall University
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Natalie Drew Burns

Drew Burns is a student filmmaker based in Huntington, West Virginia. She is a sophomore at Marshall University studying Video Production and is focused on documentary filmmaking. Drew's first short documentary, Through My Mother's Eyes (2022) was recently screened as an official selection at the Marshall University Student Film Festival. Burns aims to center her filmmaking career around telling the powerful, untold and often overlooked stories of local Huntingtonians, along with telling some of her own stories through this medium. She hopes to inspire other young women who aspire to pursue a career in the film industry and to further engage herself in Huntington’s film community.

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Director Statement

Through My Mothers Eyes explores one of the most rewarding and fulfilling feelings life has to offer, unconditional love and its impact. Photographic storytelling through the medium of scrapbooking has not only been used as a creative outlet, but in my mother’s case, a way to remind our remaining family of the life that we all shared together. Grief is not only a complicated topic, but an experience of life that is often pushed away from our day-to-day conversations. The difficulty of this subject was exactly why I was drawn to it. I wanted to change my own narrative of something so personal and melancholic into something uplifting; something to honor my mother’s life’s work. My aim with this project was not only important to me on a personal, familial level, but it was to help other’s that find themselves stricken with grief to find the importance in holding those fond memories and heirlooms close.