World Premiere of ‘Talking to Grandma’ in Los Angeles!

new media film festival talking to grandma‘Talking to Grandma’ web series has officially qualified to the ‘New Media Film Festival’ competition, which will take place between June 7th and 9th in Los Angles, USA.

‘New Media Festival’ is focusing on developing new media and has now up to 20 categories including digital comic, 3D, drons, mobile content or virtual reality. From the beginning of 2010 the festival organizers are introducing innovative ideas and reveal to the public the stories that are worth telling. Jury consists of the representatives from such institutions like: Marvel, Oscars, Emmys, HBO, SAG-AFTRA or Grammys. The value of the main prizes is estimated to $ 45 000.

During the festival the 7th  episode of ‘Talking to Grandma’ web series called ‘Phone Book’ will be screened. It tells a story about updating Grandma’s phone book on her mobile phone. The Internet premiere of this episode was set up for June 9th this year !

We invite you to watch first five episodes of the series which are now available on this website. Please subscribe also to our YouTube channel: https://goo.gl/pbXF2b, as well as to our Facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/rozmowyzbabcia/

Where did the idea for the web series come from?

talking to grandma real grandma ula zawadzkaUla Zawadzka: As far as I remember I looked at my grandparents as ‘one’. They were going everywhere together and they mutualy cared about each other. My grandfather was a handyman and my grandmother took care of the house. We saw each other at the family gatherings only. Everything has changed when my grandfather died. One day before his death he asked me at the hospital to take care of the grandma. At that moment I did not expect that I would be our last conversation.

Grandma was left alone and I started to visit her more often trying to get to know her as a single person and not as a team with my grandpa. We have recognized quickly that even that we are 54 years apart we have the same concerns (for example ponds pain) and sense of humor. Family was often laughing over our talks so slowly I started writing them down and this is how the script of ‘Talking to Grandma’ series have came into existence.

Why are we making this web series ?

talking to grandma ula zawadzkaI would like to show people how important are the relations between close relatives, especially with the elder ones. In ‘Talking to Grandma’ web series the most important thing is finding the common language with the generation of our grandparents. Empathy with the elders that is not based on the compassion or the obligation but on understanding and common grounds. I am convinced that it is much better to laugh than to cry at your own fate that is awfully difficult in the age of eighty. We are encouraging people to truely talk to their grandmother and grandfather and not depriving this conversations of humor – said Ula Zawadzka.

I am also an actress and I would like to fullfill myself in the creative way. It’s not always possible in our occupation beacuse not everything depends on us. Besides if we create are own projects we have more influance on our career and what we do in our free time.