If you don’t write what it is like for you to live in your time, in your place,
somebody else will do it for you. And get it wrong.               
–Tom Wayman

George Orwell wrote that writers are motivated by a combination of sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. Are these motivations altered in any way if the writer chooses to live on the periphery of the Canadian writing scene?
Why We Write delves into the world of poets and bookmakers living in and around Vernon, British Columbia. The documentary explores the poetry and the lives of those who continue to assemble words far from the big city; those who continue to blacken pages despite declining readership and the noise of the digital age.
Why We Write unearths a thriving writing community made up of those born in Vernon, those who have chosen to move here and the Syilx storytellers who have long been on this land. 
Official Trailer
Why We Write: Poets of Vernon

An upcoming  feature documentary from The Orange Lamphouse Studio
Produced and directed by Hannah Calder & Curtis Emde
Cinematography by Elton Hubner
Still photography and editing by Silmara Emde
Okanagan Lake painting by Wanru Kemp
‘Why We Write’ typography courtesy of the Greenboathouse Press

Featuring John Lent, Hannah Calder, Sharon Thesen, Jason Dewinetz, Laisha Rosnau, Tom Wayman, Michelle Doege, Bill Cohen.

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