The Kitchen Table Project’s latest film features an intergenerational cast of artists, including: Cody Brunelle-Potter, Haylee Nichele, Diana Lynn Wallace, Chelsea Roquero, Jeannette Bland, and Spencer Jensen. The film honors the memories of eight community members who were lost during the pandemic. Among others, the project honors the memories of an elder from Standing Rock and a farmworker from the first community where Karlin delivered handmade masks through her work with the Auntie Sewing Squad in the early days of mask shortages. Karlin also brought her beloved family member, Ann, and Invertigo staff members Rosa Navarrete and Chelsea Sutton brought their family members to the table; Navarrete lost her father – Luis Navarrete a pastor who worked in a mission in Mexicali, Mexico and Sutton lost her grandmother in late 2020. Alongside Karlin, who directs and choreographs, the film was developed with Glyn Gray (Director of Photography), Chris Stokes (Lighting Designer), Rebecca Baillie Stumme (Production Manager), and Invertigo Dance Theatre staff support.
The arts are a way to share stories, reach across the table and say “I was affected too.” It integrates loss and love of community in a creative way. As Karlin says, “The kitchen table is full of memories and symbolism, intercultural exchange and intergenerational connections…there are so many stories to tell.”