Interview Magazine has this rad interview with Mariel Hemingway re a new doco she’s involved in. You don’t need to be Hemingway (or Kennedy) to grok the concept of running away from family dysfunction, right? It also fascinates me that she is doing this just as Saturn is on her Scorpio Ascendant. What better time to grapple with a genius but tainted patriarchal/family legacy?! Mother of Dree Hemingway, she is the grand-daughter of Ernest Hemingway & sister to glittery beautiful poor doomed Aqua Margeaux Hemingway.
Running From Crazy shifts between present-day Idaho, unseen footage that Margaux shot for a documentary on her grandfather, and interviews with Hemingway’s daughters. But it always hinges on the lessons it’s taken Hemingway a lifetime to learn: stop running. There is a way to be in your family and be your own person at the same time and a way to step off the path that leads to suicide—so long as you’re willing to enter all the rooms.
SLOANE CROSLEY: Hi, it’s so nice to talk to you. Thank you for doing this.
MARIEL HEMINGWAY: Of course. How are you?
CROSLEY: I’m good, aside from the fact that I just finished watching a documentary about depression in a house in the woods in upstate New York, in the dark.
HEMINGWAY: [laughs] Oh my god!
CROSLEY: No, it was incredibly touching. I welled up at least twice: once, when you go with your daughter Langley to speak at a suicide prevention walk, and also when you’re talking about your sister, Margaux, which I’ll get to later. When did you have the idea to make the film and how long did it take?
HEMINGWAY: Well, first of all, it really wasn’t my idea. My really good friend was working at OWN at the time. She was like, “We got to tell your story.” Because we’ve been through a lot of, like, “woo-woo” shit together trying of find ourselves. [laughs]
CROSLEY: Wait, what is “woo-woo” shit? Are there retreats involved?
HEMINGWAY: Yeah. [laughs] You know, soul-searching, “I’ll figure this out. I’ll be better at life.” My whole thing was always about reaching outside myself to find what was right for me without realizing that the answers were inside. But it took me so long to get there. So anyway, my friend said, “You’ve got to make a film about your family,” and I said “Are you fucking out of your mind? They’re crazy!” And she’s like, “That’s the point.”