Memoria Mortalis

2000, 10 minutes; 35mm, 16mm and video; Color, Computer animation

A childhood memoir recalling impending parental loss. Using humor and haunting simplicity, Bond infuses the memoir with intelligence and grace that transforms the personal into a powerful cinematic experience—delving into the complexity of family dynamics, death and dying, and the germination and growth of the creative process. The memoir interweaves animations of seventh grade drawings with vintage TV footage, lost and found sound, and metaphoric imagery.

Rose Bond, Memoria Mortalis, 2000


. . .bittersweet and affecting autobiographical film. . .” —Shawn Levy, The Oregonian

Memoria Mortalis can be considered a feminine and autobiographical response to Saul Bass’s ‘Why Man Creates.’ As Bond traces the trajectory of her growth as an artist (and the ways her visual sensibilities gave her an outlet for life’s deep and heartrending dramas) she gracefully moves from youthful innocence to mature perception.” —Howard Aaron, Northwest Film Center


Regional Arts & Culture Council