The film is a layered and musically-rich portrait of revolving stories – all connected by events on the porches of neighbouring homes.
“I used to spend a lot of time sitting on my porch, writing, and watching the world go by. Often people would walk past, and I’d hear a little snippet of their conversation, a little window into their world. Then they were gone, " says Sarah.
"I started to think of all the stories that must have happened on the porches on my block. All the romances, fights, misunderstandings, childish arguments, drunken conversations, hipster small talk, and Portuguese commentary that gave the neighbourhood its fabric."
Sarah completed a residency at Toronto Reference Library’s Digital Innovation Hub in Fall 2014, where she delivered a series of talks, workshops, and met on a one-on-one basis with aspiring and practicing filmmakers.
“My favourite aspect of my residency was the diversity and talent of the people who attended. It felt representative of this city in a way few programs do,” Sarah said of her experience in this post-residency Q+A.
Meet Sarah Goodman and Share Your “Porch Stories”
Do you have a favourite personal story about Toronto or your neighbourhood?
Drop by the Digital Innovation Hub at the Reference Library in early June and meet Sarah in person!
Sarah will be filming one-on-one interviews and your video may be featured on the Porch Stories website.
“Porch Stories is a film about everyday lives of people on one block in a neighbourhood in Toronto, and so it's in the spirit of the film to get a wide array of stories beyond those in the film, that continue to reflect the diversity of the city, and the library's patrons really reflect that diversity,” says Sarah.
For those who are camera shy, Sarah will also collect short written anecdotes if you'd prefer to share your story that way. You can dictate it to her in person or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you will stop by. There will be lemonade!
- Mon. June 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Thurs. June 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Mon. June 8, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Wed. June 10, 6 to 8 p.m.
Library Screening & Q&A for Porch Stories
Stay tuned for details about an upcoming Porch Stories screening and Q+A event with Sarah Goodman at the Reference Library this summer.