Maria Ramström, born in 1971 in Stockholm is a freelance filmmaker with a past as a still photographer primarily within the documentary field. She is currently working on her second full length documentary as a director, Maneuvers in The Dark, a story about the world of branding, set in Sweden, China and North Korea. Love Always, Carolyn is her first full length documentary as a director.
Malin Korkeasalo, born in 1969 in Stockholm graduated from from Dramatiska Institutet (University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre in Stockholm, Sweden) in 2004 where she studied as a Cinematographer. She is based in Stockholm and works as a freelance filmmaker and cinematographer. She has worked as a cinematographer on a numerous documentaries. Love Always, Carolyn is her first full length documentary as a director.
In Love Always, Carolyn we want to give a voice to a woman, Carolyn Cassady, and her first account version of her life together with Neal Cassady, the man who unwillingly became the iconic hero of the Beat Generation. It is also an attempt to reassess our ideas of and our need for the male iconic hero. A flourishing myth industry seems eager to create – or seduce us to believe in – an imagined utopia where there is fame and fortune for everyone to be found. Through Carolyn Cassady and her children we learn the side effects of the fabrication of a hero and the fleeting condition of fame. Their private memory of a beloved husband and father has been transformed into a public domain and a commodity to trade. Instead of dealing with their own tragic loss they are left to deal with the aftermath of a fictionalized and mythical character of a novel.
Directors Maria Ramström and Malin Korkeasalo
Sweden, March 5th 2011