"Look at her," filmmaker
The 23-year-old woman from
Neither the steady stream of trade show participants strolling past nor the silliness behind her -- as comedian-filmmaker
"She gets in a zone," said Rudich, who first met Mott on a sidewalk in
Mott is a poet busker.
Like the drummers, dancers and guitarists who sometimes appear on city streets and perform for spare change and singles, Mott creates verse.
"Pick a subject," read the sign at her feet Thursday. "Get a poem."
It just works, she said. Folks give her a subject and she writes. The results are short poems that are a combination of her own ideas and the man or woman with the
"Anywhere where there's art and culture, it's accepted," she said.
She's worked on sidewalks on the East and West coasts and parts in between. And she, like Miclon, is also on the big screen.
After meeting her in the fall of 2011, Rudich spent several weeks following Mott with a film crew. The result is a kind of road documentary that will be screened Saturday afternoon at the
The movie is called "A Place of Truth." Rudich chronicled the young woman's stops at her hometown and in
Rudich said he knew instantly when they met that a movie could be built around Mott.
He'd never heard the term "busking" and had never seen anyone write on the sidewalk.
"Something went up on the back of my neck," Rudich said. "I just knew."
At the time, she'd only been doing the work for a month.
Mott was 20, then. She'd broken up with a boyfriend in
A poet busker,
She asked him for a poem about survival.
Gentry's message emboldened her. And she liked the freedom of his work. He mentored her and gave her a typewriter. Soon, she was traveling and writing.
For a while, the poems all had hints of her boyfriend.
"I tried to work my heartbreak into every one," she said. Eventually, she relaxed and let the words come.
"My vocation / allows the heart / to guide the feet / wherever they desire / to meet/ different versions / of the human language --" Mott wrote in a
She doesn't know how many poems she's written or what might be the strangest subject request she's heard.
Her toughest: "
She didn't know what to write about the "American Idol" winner, she said.
For now, she has no grand plans or schemes, she said. She makes enough money to get by.
"It covers the needs that I have," she said.
"A Place of Truth" will be screened at
General viewing passes are still available for the first annual
The festival will continue Saturday with almost 40 more films in six
All may be admitted with the general viewing pass, which is
The festival concludes with the sold-out first public screening of
People may purchase tickets at all venues and online at emergefilmfestival.org. The website has a full schedule of all films.
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