A New York City filmmaker has returned to the Sawdust Festival's eucalyptus grove where she grew up to create a documentary that captures the kind of moments which make her memory of it so special.
Kailee McGee, daughter of Sawdust exhibitor and illustrator September McGee, returned to her old stomping grounds in May with boyfriend and co-producer, Rich Costales, to begin filming "The Dust," a feature that follows the Sawdust's 200 glassblowers, painters and craftspeople on their journeys from the moment they draw their booths out of a hat, until the moment they tear them down.
"The project is meant to show who the characters really are that make up the show, and the family that they are," McGee said. "That family isn't just the artists, but the patrons who come often and the children who are involved."
The 90-minute film intertwines personal interviews with the artists with intimate, behind-the-scenes footage of moments like demonstrating techniques to visitors, taking a break to listen to their favorite local bands and camaraderie between friends at a Mexican potluck fiesta hosted by two longtime exhibitors.