Synopsis: Crashing: The Me I Was is a story about picking yourself up and continuing the journey, repeatedly, because life is constantly running off the road. When Jaclyn Lanae turned eighteen, adventure was calling her name. College wasn’t the answer, a short sprint in the corporate world wasn’t the answer, and a few years later she was back home living with her parents.
Happiness was all Jaclyn wanted and she searched for it in love, relationships, and adrenaline. It took several emotional crashes, and one literal crash, to discover that our lowest points reveal to us the greatest gift we can receive – life itself.
As a friend of Jaclyn the author, I had only seen her as a bright beam of light whenever we got together for coffee. She was a world-traveler, an adrenaline junkie, and a freelancer who spent her time as she pleased – a life I greatly admired. I think as humans we look at people like Jaclyn and think they got the lucky genes. They were born with a personality that just embraces life and doesn’t let the little things get them down. It took reading Jaclyn’s biography to actually understand where she was coming from. Jaclyn isn’t an example of a fantasy life. She is an example of the resilience of the human spirit. I think that’s something we can all relate to and learn from.
Filmmaker, songwriter and composer Anna Robins is passionate about using the media arts to explore the complexities of our lives, the questions that prompt “what if,” and the little joys that keep us going. Over the years, Robins’ work has included the themes of indigenous language revitalization, mental health, environmental stewardship, arts advocacy, cultural and self-exploration. Career highlights include producing a documentary of South Dakotan artist Dwayne Wilcox which received some features and awards (including Best South Dakota Documentary Short Film from the South Dakota film Festival), a award-winning pandemic-inspired animation, and a Lakota children’s web series that was produced for five years.