Conversation Pieces: A Swan Song is a 16mm documentary film about one family’s transitions from the great love stories of World War II, followed by the next generation's inter-racial marriage, then leading to the child of mixed heritage who walks a fine line blending her Native American and Jewish cultures. Conversations between three generations of women are voice-overs as portraits are made of them through the homes they’ve created for themselves, and the placement of objects like still lifes. The filmmaker focuses on her maternal grandmother’s move from living on her own in a three story townhouse and follows the downsizing of her lifetime’s collections of art and antiques as they move onto the next generations. The granddaughter’s camera travels with the objects from coast to coast as she collects her family’s stories. This film served as LaFountain's MFA thesis for the Program in Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts.

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