The Art and Craft of Creating Documentaries – Eileen Jerret ’01 Alumni Voices

November 8th, 2016 Posted in Alumni News & Events


Back on campus this fall, documentary filmmaker and writer/producer of the film Blueberry Soup, alumna Eileen Jerrett ’01 & ’02 shared with students her experiences creating documentaries.  Co-sponsored with Professor Steve Keeler and the School of Media and the Arts (SOMA), more than 75 students were in attendance for the Alumni Voices event.  Eileen explained to Telcom and Art majors how she traveled through Iceland with her camera and her “Mary Poppins” purse.  “It was a weird, hobo way of making a film, with a ‘Nobody Production.’” Jerrett said.  With little financial backing, she found creative ways to help fund her production and travel.

alumni-voices-1alumni-voices-4The filmmaker will be traveling back to Iceland later this semester for her next documentary; and while Eileen did receive a grant from Berkley, she said it’s not just financial, she feels she knows herself better as a filmmaker.   “I feel much calmer and more clear this time,” she said.

When asked how Blueberry Soup has changed her as a person, Jerrett said, “I have an unquestionable faith in humanity” and that she has become more patient.  “Life has become bigger as I met people.”  To date, Blueberry Soup has been publicly screened over 90 times, in 12 different countries, and Eileen is in discussions with Netflix for the rights to Blueberry Soup.  For the future, she is considering following the Artistic upturn in Chicago with many Artist moving into old building and uplifting communities.

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