Emma Tillman The History of Caves (Film)

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Emma Elizabeth Tillman was born in Santa Barbara and lived in there into her twenties, long after all her school friends left. This fostered her natural proclivity toward seclusion which she has maintained the thread of throughout her life.

She lived in Copenhagen for a year and some and was alone there in a nice little apartment across the street from a church and an old folks home. She used to ride her bicycle by the old folks home on her way to the grocery store a couple of times a week. There was always the same old man in horn rimmed glasses who sat in his window when she passed. She always waved and blew kisses to him and he would blow kisses to her too.

When she was a little girl she was in love with the writers of the Transcendentalist Movement, all deriving from and around Concord Massachusetts in the North Eastern United States. Emerson, Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorn and Louisa May Alcott. Reading their novels and journals was the first time she was able to completely leave the reality of being a child in the time and place in which she was living and be taken into a dream world. Once, when she was twenty three she was staying in a small desert town during the winter, which was bitter and windy and will drive any person insane. She was in a coffee shop and a homeless man came in with a guitar and asked if he could play some songs. She thought, “Oh here we go.” And kept reading her book. When the man started playing and singing it was one of the most beautiful she had ever heard. Afterwards she asked him to sit at her table and talk. He was drunk and told her all about his life, which she was interested in. He told her he was playing that evening at a hotel bar and would she stay with him until he played. She said that she couldn’t and still regrets it.

And then she met Josh Tillman in Los Angeles, at the Laurel Canyon Country Store. They were married in Big Sur California and live in Los Angeles on a very quiet hill, down a long menacing driveway with horses and junk piles in a very strange and tiny adobe house. Just one room.

The History of Caves is Tillman’s directorial debut.

Emma Elizabeth Tillman was born in Santa Barbara and lived in there into her twenties, long after all her school friends left. This fostered her natural proclivity toward seclusion which she has maintained the thread of throughout her life.

She lived in Copenhagen for a year and some and was alone there in a nice little apartment across the street from a church and an old folks home. She used to ride her bicycle by the old folks home on her way to the grocery store a couple of times a week. There was always the same old man in horn rimmed glasses who sat in his window when she passed. She always waved and blew kisses to him and he would blow kisses to her too.

When she was a little girl she was in love with the writers of the Transcendentalist Movement, all deriving from and around Concord Massachusetts in the North Eastern United States. Emerson, Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorn and Louisa May Alcott. Reading their novels and journals was the first time she was able to completely leave the reality of being a child in the time and place in which she was living and be taken into a dream world. Once, when she was twenty three she was staying in a small desert town during the winter, which was bitter and windy and will drive any person insane. She was in a coffee shop and a homeless man came in with a guitar and asked if he could play some songs. She thought, “Oh here we go.” And kept reading her book. When the man started playing and singing it was one of the most beautiful she had ever heard. Afterwards she asked him to sit at her table and talk. He was drunk and told her all about his life, which she was interested in. He told her he was playing that evening at a hotel bar and would she stay with him until he played. She said that she couldn’t and still regrets it.

And then she met Josh Tillman in Los Angeles, at the Laurel Canyon Country Store. They were married in Big Sur California and live in Los Angeles on a very quiet hill, down a long menacing driveway with horses and junk piles in a very strange and tiny adobe house. Just one room.

The History of Caves is Tillman’s directorial debut.

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