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Tin House Reels: Kelly Fry

This week we’re excited to screen Kelly Fry’s The Ballad of Pete Fry. “Everyone had a story about Pete [my father],” Kelly said. “He was a gambler, drinker, trickster, and storyteller—and, after his death, he became a folk hero.”  The film narrates those many viewpoints from family and friends—and leaves us with a sad, still, piercing silhouette of this man who “was always himself.”

“It was really hard for me to make this piece about my dad. I donated part of my body to pay for the plane ticket to California and a week after surgery I was interviewing my dad’s ex-wife, the aunt I never met, and his ex-business partner and best friend. At times I was so physically and mentally exhausted from hearing these stories that I wanted to stop. It was my thesis work though, so I had to just keep working.”

With the Ballad as her thesis, Kelly Fry graduated last year from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon and is currently working 9-5 at a trucking company. She is also working with her boyfriend Evan Aubertin, who wrote the music for The Ballad of Pete Fry, on a children’s book.

Tin House Reels is a weekly feature on The Open Bar dedicated to the craft of short filmmaking. Curated by Ilana Simons, the series features videos by artists who are building new bridges between visual art, music, and text. Our aim is to showcase work that focuses on the exciting relationship that can exist between literature and film.

We are now accepting submissions for Tin House Reels. Please upload your previously unpublished videos of 15 minutes or less to Youtube or Vimeo and send a link of your work to tinhousereels@gmail.com.

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