Eric, Joanie’s partner, is introduced and they discuss the story of when Eric first said “I love you” to Joanie and their relationship.
Joanie is seen in baker beach and recounts how her mother asked her to drink beer at the beach in her honor after she passed away. Joanie discusses her relationship with her mother and she recites a poem that her mother had written prior to her death. The film concludes with Joanie discussing life and a shot of her swimming in San Francisco Bay.
Ethan Goldwater is a filmmaker and founder of Hover Pictures, a production company dedicated to making an explorative documentary and narrative work and supporting directors to bring new films to life.
His work as a filmmaker builds on his prior careers as a journalist in San Francisco, and as a public school teacher in NYC. He spent two years in Brazil learning Portuguese and working with music and street theater and then moved to NYC, where he received a Masters in Education and spent three years teaching ESL to public middle school students.
While working as a teacher he also began making short films, and was soon making videos full-time for organizations such as BRAC, IMEU, UNICEF, Dell Innovation Foundation, Drug Policy Alliance, and KIPP, and teaching workshops in Bangladesh, Palestine, Uganda, and Ghana aimed at empowering people to use filmmaking as a tool for telling their stories.
His short film, The Last Waterman of Wittman, was selected as a Vimeo staff pick and played at the Chesapeake film festival and Camden film festival. He’s currently in post-production on his first feature documentary, Cura.
Joan Van Briesen
Directed & Produced by Ethan Goldwater
Cinematography: Ethan Goldwater, Max Basch, Tyler Pakstis, Ken Fisher
Sound Recordist: Jan Midelfort
Editor: Jake Gervich
Assistant Editors: Mindy Lee, Elea Wilder
Associate Producers: Elea Wilder, Sam Neeley
Original Music: Lathan Spaulding Dave Maholey
Colorist: Begonia Colomar