FOR THE LOVE OF RUTLAND explores the complex life of a blue-collar New England town as a microcosm of our current national reality. Stacie, after a lifetime of being invalidated and shamed for her poverty and addiction, emerges as an unexpected and resilient leader in a town divided by class, cultural values, and the toxic politics of today. The film explores the forces racking much of post-industrial and rural America – including income inequality, the opioid epidemic, falling populations, xenophobia, and the normalization of “white rage.” But FOR THE LOVE OF RUTLAND also uncovers passionate civic engagement, intense love of home, and the stories of ordinary people who become extraordinary in their desire to think and feel for themselves. 90 minutes, premiering in 2020, sales representation by ro*co films
Specific Pictures founder and direction/producer Jennifer Maytorena Taylor makes colorful, character-based films about real people with extraordinary stories, often with Spanish language content and in collaboration with diverse communities and colleagues.
Films by Specific Pictures have shown at venues like the Sundance, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Locarno Film Festivals, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, New York Museum of Modern Art, PBS, Sundance Channel, and NHK-Japan.
Recent works include the documentary short Redneck Muslim; Message to Zaire for the anthology film The Talk for national PBS; Daisy and Max, a long-form film commissioned by Al Jazeera America and currently in broadcast rotation worldwide on Al Jazeera English; and Visiting Day for The Atlantic. Other work includes award-winning documentaries New Muslim Cool and Special Circumstances for national PBS, Street Knowledge 2 College for PBS.org, Paulina, Home Front, and many short films and co-productions.
With the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Fork Films, Ford Foundation, Catapult Film Fund, Hartley Film Foundation and Sundance Documentary Fund, Jennifer is currently in late production on a vérité feature documentary called The Gut (working title), about two years in the life of a small, blue collar town in New England that is struggling to emerge from the opioid epidemic while becoming a resettlement site for Syrian refugees.
Born in California of Mexican, English/Irish, and Sicilian heritage, Jennifer is an Assistant Professor of Social Documentation and Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She divides her time between San Francisco and Santa Cruz, and when she is not working she is trying to learn how to play jazz bass.