44: andrea dorfman

andrea dorfman

Andrea Dorfman is an artist and filmmaker who has made experimental and dramatic short films, two feature fims – Parsley Days (2000) and Love That Boy (2003) – as well as a documentary, Sluts (2005) and this summer, the inspiring short film How to Be Alone. She is currently working in animation at the National Film Board of Canada and developing her third feature film, Harmony, with screenwriter, Jennifer Deyell. Andrea sometimes teaches film and video at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and is one of four co-creators of Blowhard, a thematic storytelling series. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a cat, a dog, some fish, her boyfriend, Dave, and (half of the time) his kids Max and Sydney.







on the nightstand:

  • an ongoing pile of crinkly old 1/2 read New Yorkers
  • Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maughm
  • Grow Organic: A Simple Guide to Nova Scotia Gardening by Elizabeth Pierce (i know it’s already fall but it’s been there for a while…)


am loving:

  • eating the bounty of fresh tomatoes from our unusually hot summer
  • fires in the wood stove
  • diving into (chilly) big post-hurricane waves at the beach
  • picking and eating blueberries, partridge berries and marsh berries on Fogo Island, Newfoundland (where I am right now)


how does autumn inspire you?

  • the gorgeous fire-y, spectacular  turn of the leaves
  • the noisy crunchy sound of the leaves as we as we walk through them after they start to fall.
  • the earthy woody smell of the leaves as they rot.
  • i am inspired to knit


what’s one item in your autumn wardrobe you can’t go without?

mittens (especially on autumn bike rides)


what’s your idea of the perfect homemade autumn meal?

roasted beet salad with feta and toasted walnuts


what are three constants in your day?

  • morning stretches
  • cafe latte
  • walking the dog around the block.


tell us about the inspiration behind this film.

right now i am on Fogo Island, Newfoundland in the north Atlantic. on September 12th, everyone who had handmade quilts in the town of Tilting, hung them out on their clotheslines for all to see. voila!


18 thoughts on “44: andrea dorfman

  1. what a nice surprise to see andrea here. wonderful video.
    i saw “how to be alone” this summer and spent a lot of time thinking about it. thank you.

  2. I am sure you enjoyed your stay on Fogo Island. That is my “roots” family name Holmes for one. Have only been there once. My grandfather, Thomas W. Peyton, was born in Seldom-come-by on Fogo Island in th late 1800’s. Plan to visit there next year.

  3. Loved the video! As a quilter I found it inspiring and very sweet. All those colors and patterns! I could almost smell the salt air. Today is windy here so maybe I will hang a quilt or two outside and enjoy the colors…

  4. I watched How to Be Alone a short while back and loved it and I adored watching the various quilts in the landscape. Fabulous work. And then this interview…yes, keeping up with the New Yorker is such a challenge (I no longer keep up), fresh tomatoes (wee!), knitting, and such a perfect autumn meal. So much good.

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  6. what a gorgeous film……kind of makes me want to get a clothes line again…..learn to quilt and wait for the wind to start snapping the crafty quilts!

    Love, violette

  7. Gorgeous quilts!! Seeing them blowing on the clothesline makes me homesick. I am from Newfoundland, and currently living in Ontario.

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