We went to Helen's studio today, where I made a playdough mermaid with her baby Francis and checked out her current project. Helen makes animated films and started the New Orleans Film Collective (cannot find a website).
She is making a film inspired by a bunch of flooded dresses handsewn by an ancient New Orleanian who recently passed away. She threads her own flooded story into that of this amazingly creative seamstress, named Floristine, through an examination of these dresses and imagining the woman's life.
It is called The Florestine Collection, and I cannot wait to see it completed! The story board is great.
Links about Helen Hill:
Atlantic Film-makers Cooperative
Program for Media Artists
Best of New Orleans