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Remembering Sarah

Remembering Sarah

Ruth Ellen Jacobson sent out a reminder that today is the birthday of her daughter, and my friend, Sarah Jacobson.

An excerpt from Sarah’s obituary which I wrote for indieWIRE:

Born in 1971 in Minneapolis, Sarah Jacobson was a boisterous, funny, opinionated, energetic, confrontational, and caring presence in the film community. At festivals and parties, whether during a seminar or within a small group, she would often provoke conversations and debates about topics including movies, music, masturbation, Molly Ringwald, and men. “We’re gonna fuck shit up!,” she would often exclaim loudly and with a big smile, to the dismay of some and the joy of many.

I still cannot believe that we lost Sarah in February. The other day as I was reading through email, something triggered a memory of her and I spent some time re-reading many of the wonderful words that have been shared about Sarah on the indieWIRE discussion board.

Ed Halter wrote a wonderful story about Sarah for the Village Voice in late February, and Henry Flesh wrote an equally terrific piece for The New York Press. Since her passing, a number of groups have hosted screening events to show Sarah’s films in her memory. Next up, according to Ruth, are screenings in Switzerland on Oct 16 and 17th.

We launched these blogs on indieWIRE shortly after Sarah’s death, however, certain that she would have accepted my invitation to start a blog on her website, I sometimes find myself wondering what Sarah would be blogging about today. For instance, I am desperate to read her rant about “The Brown Bunny,” or to learn more about that cool filmmaker she recently met at a film festival, or to get updates on her new screenplay, or simply to know that she is still out there…

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