Part 1: What I make of movies, and what they make of me

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Numéro Cinq at the Movies readers should recognize Julie Trimingham‘s name from one of our first entries when we featured her lovely, haunting triptych of filmsbeauty crowds me, a pseudo-adaptation of the poems of Emily Dickinson.

In keeping with Numéro Cinq’s penchant for reflecting on the creative process, NC at the Movies is asking filmmakers we’ve featured to reflect on why they make movies, what compels them to tell the visual stories they tell. Presented with that question, Julie Trimingham came back to us with a triptych (she likes to work in threes) of articles that look at her relationship with film: “Rosebud,” “The Horror,” and “Raising Hell.” This month NC at the Movies features her first article, “Rosebud.”

Reading Trimingham’s reflections on film is for me like reading someone else’s love letters. It led me to reminiscing about my own film loves, and here, specifically, the moments that have made me gasp and filled me with wonder. We’d love to hear about your favourite film moments of wonder in the comments.

— R. W. Gray

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Liar. Cheater. Thief.

That’s what Mia, the protagonist of Mockingbird, is. Whether or not she’s justified in lying, cheating and stealing is up to you.  I’ve been fascinated to hear responses from readers: some see a rich white lady going down to a poor, brown country and simply taking what she wants; others see a necessary act of love, of salvation. An editor pointed out that the word “gray” was frequently used in the text. I’d always thought the story was full of color, as it takes place in Havana.  Reading through, though, I saw that the editor was right: there’s gray all over the place. Which seems fitting.

Gracias y abrazos

Photo: Julie Trimingham: Finally!

For  beautifully hosted Mockingbird events & launches, thank you to the Miami Book Fair International, Books & Books, Mitchell Kaplan; Village Books in Fairhaven, Chuck & Dee Robinson; The People’s Co-op Bookstore in Vancouver; TYPE Books in Toronto; Queen Anne Book Company in Seattle, Janis Segress; Annie Bloom’s Books in Portland; and the Island Library on Lummi Island. Mockingbird is now, finally, widely available through your local, independent bookseller as well as the usual online suspects. Thank you to author Rob Yardumian of the recently released novel The Sound of Songs Across the Water, for this photo from Powell’s Bookstore in Portland!

Aritha van Herk on Mockingbird

“Julie Trimingham’s Mockingbird is a novel teeming with yearning, with the indescribable smells and tastes of Cuban ardor. This tale of passion and its smudged fate, its undeniable allure, intensifies with each improvised move, so that readers have to gasp for breath, yet cannot help but follow this impossible seduction, and the center of gravity that shapes the beauty known as longing.”

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