Director: Gabriela Arp
Producer: Gabriela Arp

2016 | 8 min
United States
Language: English

Traces is a cinematic virtual reality film exploring the memories of one woman living with Alzheimer’s disease. In the film, the main character Willie White, an 88-year old woman living with dementia, recounts her time as a young girl living in the fields near Mason, Tennessee. As her words transport us back in time, traces of memory fall in and out—the old wooden farmhouse where she was raised, the coconut cakes her mom would make on Sunday mornings, her favorite white dress, the hymns she’d sing in the choir at church. Through these vibrant recollections, illustrated through re-enactments, we journey with Willie as she searches for the words to one of her favorite songs and the meaning of memory in this new and fragmented landscape.

Experimental Advocacy Jury Prize Winner, SIMA 2017
Official Selection, Atlanta Film Festival
Official Selection, Kaleidoscope
Official Selection, Shift Film Festival
Indie Memphis Festival
Underground Film Festival