In the remarkable documentary “Grab A Hunk Of Lightning” director and cinematographer Dyanna Taylor explores her grandmother Dorothea Lange’s remarkable contribution to both Art and History, while also providing an intimate view of her personal life. In the 1930s and 1940s, Dorothea Lange’s iconic images of the Great Depression and Japanese-Americans at the dawn of World War II captured human despair and resilience in a way that had never been done before. Traveling along parts of Route 66 in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and California, Dorothea put her own family on the line, to give a face to all of the mothers who were now homeless and facing the impossible task of caring for their children. Over half a century later, in order to retrace her grandmother’s journey, Dyanna Taylor found herself leaving her home in Santa Fe, NM and wandering off the interstate and onto Route 66 to find imagery for her film. She has now driven back and forth on the road many times including while filming a National Geographic Series with Boyd Matson and for her film about artist James Turrell’s Roden Crater which lies to the north of Flagstaff, AZ in an ancient crater field.

 

 

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