Stephen Barnett is a filmmaker, mixed-media artist, and a recycled-materials carpentry craftsman.
This film is his 21st short project after 20 exploratory no-budgets of varied length and a few accolades while earning a Baccalaureate in Theatre and Cinema and a Master’s in Gender, Sexuality, and Cinema Theory.
He spent 2022 producing this film to socially empower his mother’s choice while mourning the passing of both his parents in the Fall of 2021. He is presently writing and developing feature projects to inspire hope and possibility within a world of confusion and uncertainty.
What is the trigger that compels a person to make the choice to choose a contrary point-of-view from the one they’ve only ever known? For Mrs. "Ruth" Wilson (Lucy McMichael) it is life and death told through the narrative’s story about the main character Tracy, but then too it becomes a choice for Ruth’s innermost self now living within this new millennium’s present day as an aged hetero white middle-class recently-widowed American woman completely alone for the first time in her life. When writing the script and then working with Lucy, Alessandro Colla (Priest/Father), and the collective Crew the objective was Ruth’s communicating from her evolving clarity of self-awareness through memory, learned insight, and her subconscious empathy with her grandchild Tracy against the Priest’s hard line religious (and personal) standing. Ruth’s empathetic wisdom is ultimately revealed through the personification of The Virgin Mary.