A test shot from Little Wilderness, the first feature from filmmaker and resident Lindsey Martin (photo courtesy of the artist)

Lindsey uses her studio upstairs for a daily practice of writing and rewriting

Lindsey Martin (Dayton, OH) is writing a script for a feature length live action film which includes animation, shards of glass, hatchets, and animated neuron forest. Little Wilderness is a story centered in West Virginia’s Kanawha Valley, which was subject to the 2014 Elk River chemical spill from a plant that the valley depends on economically. The storyline follows the dynamics of a single-mother household coping with localized economic and environmental distress: families wait for clean water to be delivered by truck, cope with PTSD, and set and extinguish fires. Lindsey is interested in the Appalachian landscape of West Virginia not as a romanticized backdrop, but as an emotive figure within the script that influences characters and events. Noting the complexities of the region’s identity, Lindsey pulls from personal family archives and stories, and from direct interaction with the valley’s people and politics. From North Mountain she makes field trips and location scouts, grounding the events and arch of the story. In the current US environmental and socioeconomic climate, Lindsey emphasizes her ethical role as a storyteller: ‘Even in script-writing I have to ask myself, what political responsibility do I have?’ Lindsey will be workshopping her script and preparing for the film’s production in the coming year. lindseymariemartin.com