Amelie Diamant-Holmstrom: Legacy Capture
The 100% is a groundbreaking VR film directed by Hernan Barangan and produced by Springbok Entertainment that tracing the story of prima ballerina Maggie Kudirka, who at the age of 23 was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. This fully immersive experience brings the viewer alongside Kudirka from the start of her ballet career at age 6, to becoming prima ballerina at the Joffrey Concert Group, to the moment when she was told of her disease.
What We Did:
This series is driven by the content that each of our capture subjects wishes to share. We wanted to find an interview structure in which interviewees could freely express what they wanted/needed to, while maintaining a tone of guidance. To do this, we emphasized Life Lessons; What are you most proud of? What advice would you give your younger self? How would you like to be remembered?
At the time of Amelie Holstrom’s capture, three generations of her family were present with us in the studio. Her son, Eric Holstrom interviewed her and was recorded alongside her, giving her capture an element of filial love and connection. Amelie arrived with a bouquet of orange and amber roses, her power colors, which she offered to us upon her departure from the studio.
This series is about reflection, contemplation, and one’s legacy. We continue to build on this series in hopes of building an archive of humanity, similar to that which exists through film, photographs, records, paintings, and all other visual media that carry our history.
About Amelie Holstrom:
Amelie Diamant Holmstrom (nee Diamant) was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1927. In late 1938, some months after the Nazis occupied Austria, Amelie fled Vienna for Paris in the company of her parents Dr. Rudolf Diamant and Charlotte Diamant and her two triplet sisters, Evelyn and Marianne. While in France, the girls attended schools in five different cities, Paris, Amiens, St. Valery sur Somme, Poitiers and, finally, Marseilles, where, with the help of Martha Sharp of the Unitarian Service Committee, they obtained U.S. Immigration Visas and transit visas first to Lisbon and then on to New York in December, 1940.
Although Amelie and her sisters were separated from their parents in Lisbon, and did not know when, if ever, they would see their parents again, the family was reunited in New York in early 1941. Of Amelie’s father’s 10 siblings, only one survived the war.
The Diamants settled in Portland, Oregon where the girls attended high school, the father re-established his dental career and the mother went to work for Janzen Knitting Mills. After high school, Amelie earned her Bachelors degree at the University of Oregon and her Masters degree and the University of Washington. She developed a successful career as a language teacher and as an author of language text books entitled French, A Creative Approach and a series of personal growth books entitled The Courtship of Life. In her youth in Vienna, Amelie was a dancer/actress with the Vienna State Opera Ballet. As an adult in the United States, she went on to marry James R. Holmstrom, and is mother to Richard and Eric.
Amelie is energized by the realization that one has the strength, imagination, desire and capacity to create one’s own existence to a rather large degree, and that to make a difference is a lifelong challenge for everyone.
The power of human presence, in virtual 3D space.