Raconteur storyteller Orunamamu is trying to hold on to her 30 year dream of making her house a storytelling museum. Her well intentioned friends and family want to help her through these last years by rehabilitating the house, but the very act of helping can erode the independence that keeps her active and engaged in life. Orunamamu knows the importance of having goals and being deliberate in pursuing them. Her age sets into motion the dramatic struggle between sharing life's adventure through her storytelling museum and preparing for a life dependent on others.
About the Storyteller
A former teacher of the Berkeley school district, Orunamamu started storytelling in her 50s, having been influenced by her storytelling grandmother and father. Her house in Oakland, California, called Yellowlegs, provides the main stage for her storytelling today, and is also a refuge for her abundant supply of storytelling parafinalia. Currently in her 80s, Orunamamu travels extensively, telling stories to everyone who will listen, and continues to work toward organizing her storytelling museum.
About the Film Maker
Greg Young retired in 2002 after 27 years as an award winning graphic designer for the University of California, Berkeley to pursue his passion for documentary film making. His first documentary, Do you know yellowlegs is a storytelling museum?, reflects his interest in character driven, verite style film making. Shooting all hand held digital video allows Young more intimacy with his subjects, and gives him the ability to be less invasive during the shoot. "I enjoy making small canvas documentaries that reveal human qualities we develop as we get older," says Young, who edits from his home studio in Pacific Grove, CA.
Real To Reel Film Festival
Berkeley Art Center Film Festival
screeners have said about Do you know yellowlegs is a storytelling
"It's a great character study."
did a wonderful job capturing the spirit of an unusually delicious human