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Telegraph 21 - Best of Student Docs Runner-up Winner 2010
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Usurp Art Gallery, London, November 26, 2010
San Francisco Film Society - Cinema By the Bay 2010
Big Screen Project (BSP)
Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema
LA Film Festival Official Selection
Urban TV Festival Finalist - Spain 2010
Art + Invention Student Works Festival, Stanford Institute for Creativity
and the Arts (SiCa), Stanford University, 2010
"Tightly Knit" explores the story of three passionate and quirky characters obsessed with knitting. It defies the stereotype that knitting is just for grandmothers and introduces contemporary trends in a vibrant knitting community.
“Sock knitters are the first people to rip their shoes off and throw their feet in your face to show you the amazing sock that they just knit; they don’t want their pieces hidden.” "Tightly Knit" is a 16mm black and white documentary that brings to life the sub-culture of the knitting community. Three characters introduce us to this quirky world, sharing their obsession for knitting. Jasmin reveals inside lingo and the genesis of her knitting group, “The Minions with Pointy Sticks.” Laura, a knitting newbie, fully immerses herself in processing wool after loosing her job. Finally, Wonder Mike expresses his passion as an artist by setting his work free “out in the wild” through knit graffiti or “yarn bombs.” Stop-motion animation whimsically brings this practice to life as yarn wiggles its way around urban objects resulting in the ultimate “knit tag.” "Tightly Knit" defies the stereotype that knitting is just for grandmothers and brings the art into a public arena while tenderly showing the human need for a sense of belonging and community.
BiographyJenni Nelson: Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Jenni Nelson grew up in a small town in southern Idaho. After receiving her BA in Theatre Arts Studies for scenic design in 2003 at Brigham Young University, she revisited the idiosyncrasies of her own small town life while working as the Prop Master on "Napoleon Dynamite." She continued to work as a professional Production Designer and Art Director for numerous feature films, corporate videos, and television shows, including "Biz Kid$," an Emmy-award-winning PBS television series that teaches financial literacy and entrepreneurship to children.
She began working on nonfiction films as a way to reach out to communities and to better explore topics such as mental illness, homelessness, and poverty. From 2005-09 she worked as an associate producer on the feature documentary "Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia," which addresses family relationships and community care for those afflicted with mental illness. In 2008, she produced, filmed, and edited a documentary short while volunteering at an orphanage in India. She has also worked as an associate producer on a documentary for HBO about homeless youth in Seattle. "Tightly Knit," “The Gentle Sport,” and “Night Awake” are her most recent films which she created in the MFA Documentary Film program at Stanford University where she is completing her degree.
I was at a dinner party recently when a tall, gorgeous friend pulled out her knitting materials and began working on a sock. I had always associated knitting with something dated, like grandmothers making tea cozies, but this friend was in her twenties, elegant and charming. This was new and fresh. I was mesmerized, and as I talked to her she said that her ex-boyfriend had told her she shouldn't take her knitting to social gatherings because she would be "committing social suicide." I laughed and knew that I had to dig deeper into the sub-culture of knitters. This was far from "social suicide;" her ability to multi-task, and the jolt of the shattered stereotype, gripped my attention.
This was the initial inspiration for my film, and as I met more knitters I realized that there was a hidden community of socially well-adjusted people who knit themselves together, supporting each other through personal struggles. Not only was the community alluring, but the hand crafts they made were visually intriguing. I discovered "yarn bombing" and envisioned a film that would reveal how knitting is no longer limited to doilies and living rooms, but has taken to the streets in the form of knit graffiti. I wanted to make the yarn come alive through stop-motion animation in order to capture the surprise and intrigue I felt when I came across yarn bombing for the first time. This film is about finding one's place in a supportive and artistic community, and the form of the film mirrors the lively nature of the knitting sub-culture.
Exact Runtime: 04 min : 42 sec
Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor:
Music composed by:
Special thanks to:
Produced in the Documentary Film and Video M.F.A. Program
This film was made possible by a product grant from
© 2010 Jenni Nelson