We Were an Island is a short flim written and composed by Jahn Sood, directed by Peter Logue, and starring Becky Ann Baker, Loudon Wainwright III, Jenny Mudge, Chris Henry Coffey and Dylan Baker. The film is having its first round of screenings and film festivals. Check out the schedule here. The film recently won awards for “Best Score” and “Best Cinematography” at the Berkshire Short Film Festival.
“We Were An Island” imagines the life of Art & Nan Kellam, a couple who moved to an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine in 1949. Whether in response to the horrors they witnessed in international news during World War II or from a desire to take on a life project that was utterly unique, the couple built their own home and lived in near isolation for the subsequent four decades. During their time on Placentia, the Kellams experienced both independence from society and a connection with nature that seem nearly impossible today. They lived a life of their own design, and yet not without challenges. Their story is an apt metaphor for what it means to enter a life partnership, what is gained and what we each give up. Ultimately it is a grand accomplishment just to remain on that ‘island’ of our own design. In a series of short imagistic scenes, our film tells the Kellam’s story from their arrival on Placentia in 1949, until just after Art’s death in 1985, when Nan made the choice to return to the island and live there alone.