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VIDEO: Ashes to Ashes

a short documentary film by Terry Jones - 2014 - 9:38 minutes

SUMMARY: Every year, James roasts Iroquois white corn, just as the Seneca people have done for centuries. This year is different. James' brother, Danny, recently passed away and James is going to use Danny's firewood to roast his corn. This short documentary is about tradition, brotherly love and loss.

BACKGROUND: This video was produced as part of a documentary course while studying film at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. The assignment required the student to document a 'process.' When the filmmaker presented this edit, the course's professor appreciated the documentation of the roasting of Iroquois white corn but he was intrigued by the relationship between James and his brother Danny. He suggested that the filmmaker consider re-filming "Ashes to Ashes" as the final course project. The resulting final project became "Soup For My Brother," an award-winning short documentary.

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