Yarn – The Film


The North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival is pleased to announce the only area showing of the amazing documentary YARN, by Una Lorenzen, at the opening Preview Party on Thursday evening, September 29th from 6 – 9pm. For event and ticket information, please click here.

About the Film

Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art’s hottest trends.

Click here to view the movie trailer!

Directors’ Statement

YARN is a poetic documentary that essentially introduces us to a few characters from 4
different countries that use yarn in very different ways. Their view of the world is reflected through their passion with yarn as they travel around the world spreading their work. Their stories and messages are the core of the film rather than the actual fiber of yarn, which ties these different stories together.

Our characters have one thing in common, they all work by hand and their work is in one way or another interacting with our environment; as part of architecture, the streets, and the nature, not to mention the connection with people. Beside of this, our characters are very different and there are soft and firm conflicts throughout film; between the characters’ worldviews, between their different types of work, between the arts and the craft of yarn and between the traditional and the modern world of yarn. This gives the film many layers. Barbara’s narration was imperative to bring the poetic nature and calming sensation of yarn, she truly helps to knit the film together, adding yet another layer. We wanted humor and stories, we wanted a colorful and poetic film, not hard hitting and overloaded with information. However the film has underlying deeper messages from our characters; about the world we live in, equal rights, politics and the beauty of nature. These messages are what the film is truly about if you look closely, if not, at least you’ll get to see beautiful artwork through vibrant footage with animation and original music. We used animation to illustrate some of the stories in the film and to wrap up the films look and feel. The thread of yarn journeys through the film sometimes as a single thread, sometimes as a ball of yarn and other times as a knitted or crocheted fabric.

About the Filmmakers

Una Lorenzen is an Icelandic filmmaker living in Montreal, Canada. She received her MFA
in experimental animation at California Institute of the Arts. Her films have traveled widely to festivals and museums including SXSW, New York City’s New Museum (Nordic
Outbreak 2013), Nordisk Panorama, Kro Art Gallery Vienna, Papaya Gyro Nights Hong
Kong, Unsound music festival Poland and Artforum online.

HEATHER MILLARD (Co-Director/Producer)
Heather is an experienced producer working in both documentary films and feature-films. Her productions have included award-winning feature-film ‘Of Good Report’ (TIFF 2013,
BFI London 2013) and documentary feature-films: ‘YARN’ (SXSW 2015), ‘I Want to be
Weird’ (Nordisk Panoram 2014), ‘Trend Beacons’ (CPH:DOX 2014), ‘ASH’ (Thessaloniki
Documentary Festival 2013), ‘Future of Hope’ (IDFA 2010). Heather has been producing
feature length documentary films, hybrid films and feature films since 2009 when she relocated to Iceland from the UK. Heather is currently in development with 2 feature films and in production with 3 feature documentaries and a hybrid feature.

THORDUR JONSSON (Co-Director/Producer)
Thordur is an Icelandic film director/producer working in documentaries, features and
servicing. Thordur has co-produced the award winning feature film ‘Of Good Report’ (2013 TIFF, BFI London), co-directed and produced ‘YARN’ (2016 SXSW) and is currently in
post-production on a hybrid feature ‘The Wall’ and documentary film ‘Eat, Grow, Love’.
Thordur regularly services international productions the film in Iceland, including the recent productions: BBC’s ‘Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature’, BBC’s ‘The Big Fish’ and projects for Red Bull TV and Maori Television in New Zealand.