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Plays in Shorts Program: With These Hands
Saturday, June 15
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg Center

555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

Eat Flowers


River Autumn FInlay

Executive Producer

Alison Klayman


Cig Harvey, Sashka Rothchild


Ashley Rodholm, Sara Newens


River Finlay, John Shelley

In 2017, photographer Cig Harvey’s best friend Mary was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. When forced to isolate during her treatment, she asked Cig to send her photographs. Every day, Cig sets out to bring color and life to Mary through her camera. Every day, Mary asks for more. Eat Flowers brings us into the vibrant worlds that Cig creates for her. The film tells an urgent story about living, all told through the language of flowers.

Director, Eat Flowers

River Finlay is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been screened at film festivals worldwide, including Sheffield DocFest, Hot Docs, Camden International Film Festival, and Big Sky Documentary Festival. Additionally, her work has been published on platforms such as National Geographic, The Atlantic, and Short of the Week. Her most recent short film, Eat Flowers, premiered at Hot Docs, won the audience award at Indy Shorts, and was shortlisted for the IDA short documentary award. River’s point of view as a director/producer is rooted in twenty years as an international women’s health advocate in Latin America before becoming a filmmaker. She is working on her first feature documentary about the legendary Chilean American author, Isabel Allende.