Claire Mix Interview: Sacramento Business Journal

ED GOLDMAN: Not your ordinary filmmaker

“As my body grows weaker, my spirit grows stronger,” midtown resident Claire Mix tells me. That spirit, accompanied by her formidable skills as a filmmaker and composer, has galvanized her to make one of the most moving and thought-provoking documentaries I’ve ever seen. Apparently, I’m not the only one who feels this way. The film, “Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story,” is a finalist in the Northern California Emmy Awards, which will be presented Saturday night in San Francisco.

But Mix, who’s the director, producer, writer and composer of the film, won’t be in the audience. She has Parkinson’s disease, first diagnosed 10 years ago. Still in her early 50s, she retired from teaching a few weeks ago. Her mobility is not only limited but also, she says, “pretty unpredictable,” which is why I’m interviewing her by phone even though she lives only 13 blocks from me.

Read both parts of the article at the Sacramento Business Journal web site:

Part OneNot your ordinary filmmaker” (June 5, 2012)
Part TwoRemembering internment” (June 6, 2012)

Claire MixClaire Mix is the driving force behind the documentary, “Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story”, which is about her mother, Ruth Mix, and her grandmother, Frida Mix. A resident of Northern California, Ms. Mix is currently preparing for publication of “The Girl With Hair Like The Son”, a young-adult novelization of this story.

Ed Goldman, president of Goldman Communications Inc., is a Sacramento writer and marketing consultant.

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