A Pipestone video producer’s favorite stories document people’s lives.
Preserving a person’s history while they are alive can be a special gift to family, friends or even a community. As a result, Kevin Carlson is bringing a documentary-style film on Carol Parsley, who died nearly a year ago, to Flandreau’s Crystal Theatre for a free public viewing at 7 p.m. Aug. 1-2.
“She’s my wife’s grandmother. I wanted to do one for her just to preserve my own family’s history. It’s a really neat story, too,” Carlson said. “It was all filmed and everything when she was alive.”
While Parsley never got to see the finished project, Carlson knows she would have liked it.
“I want the community to see this film,” he said.
Parsley, who was born in 1935 and lived here her entire life, raised eight children on a Moody County farm and served others through her church, Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church.
“She grew up in Flandreau, so living in the country was new to her and was a lot of work,” Carlson said. In the legacy film she talks about raising children, dancing with her husband Wayne and her family life. Her husband died much earlier than she did. “She moved to town and lived there 25 to 30 years. She did not want to miss out.”
Parsley lived in the backyard of her church, a convenient home for someone who wanted to serve others, including taking communion to those who were homebound. She was a quilter and loved to volunteer reading to elderly people in nursing homes, Carlson said.
“I’m hoping a lot of people who didn’t even know her would be interest in seeing her story. It’s a piece of art,” he said.
Carlson, 37, grew up in Kansas City, Kan., and met his wife, Jessie Parsley, in Colorado. After marriage and two children, they wanted to move back to the area to be closer to family. He has a degree in digital media arts and cinema.
The couple, who has four children now, are getting ready to move from Pipestone across the border to an acreage in South Dakota.
His business Cabin 6 Films is producing the legacy films about people’s lives, preserving their history. He hopes others of all ages will be interested in documenting their lives or parts of them, such as newlyweds or people in their 60s.
“Maybe they want to tell their story. It doesn’t have to be your complete life,” he said. On his business website page cabin6films.com, he offers package prices for his work.
For his wife’s grandmother’s story, he calls it “A Life Lived: The Carol Parsley Legacy Film.”
“I love telling stories,” he said. “I’d love to do more work around home in my local community.”