Upstate Girls
a layered documentary project started by Brenda Ann Kenneally
and The Team of Volunteer Producers
Upstate Girls - the movie

In 2007, MacGregor Thomson, an MFA candidate at the University of Ohio, contacted me about doing an experimental documentary with me as the subject. After filming me filming in Upstate New York, MacGregor decided that he needed to use clips from some of the 300+ hours of video that I had shot for the Upstate Girls project in addition to the stills.

Six months later, MacGregor had digitized all the footage, and edited a trailer of the film he hoped to make.

I watched it, and immediately shot back an e-mail saying I loved it, but he forgot to include me in my biography. MacGregor told me that even though I am not seen in the film, my presence and my voice were there, and I verbalized the questions that the audience might be thinking when they watched the film. We decided that we would work together to produce a series of mini-documentaries, each devoted to one of the young women that I met in Upstate Girls. The amount of footage and the complexities of teenaged years dictated this output instead of a single documentary.

See a trailer from the movie about:

We're in production now and actively seeking funding.

View trailers from the series here.

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Production by MacGregor Thomson; Music by Blockee
Upstate Girls is supported through the award of competitive grants and the journalist's personal funds. You can help by purchasing fine prints (e-mail Brenda), or through tax deductible donations through our 501(c)(3) partner, the Sanctuary for Independent Media.

Past supporters have included Christina Cahill, Alberto Guzman, Gillian Laub, Diane and David Kent, Daniel Portnoy, Amanda Silverman and Leanne Ridel.
Upstate Girls; what Became of Collar City by Brenda Ann Kenneally, Laura LoForti, Murray Cox and Steven Zeswitz is copryright Brenda Ann Kenneally.
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