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Through relationships with our families, we can ultimately learn about love, trust, and friendship, yet in some cases reflecting on childhood and familial relationships can bring up past traumas and insecurities. This group of films shows that for the most part, many people's family experiences land somewhere between the two. In unpacking these relationships, we can discover who we are, and decide who we want to be. Dealing with content including aging, the struggles of parenting, and separation, these filmmakers tackle difficult issues through narrative filmmaking.


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Total Run Time: 81 minutes


This program will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.


Programmed by Guest Festival Shorts Programmer, Emily Eddy.


Content Considerations: Strong language, implied sexual situations, self-harm, harassment, depictions of violence, implied violence.

A devoted fisherman named Herb has just died, and his family finds romantic messages from a strange woman on his answering machine. They struggle to protect his widow from this dreadful news, but their efforts fail spectacularly with enduring effects on the family’s future.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    16 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Note
    English closed captions available
  • Director
    David Malouf
  • Screenwriter
    David Malouf
  • Producer
    Patricia Meyers
  • Cast
    Laura Poe, Rick Kain, Susan Scher, Bari Hyman
  • Cinematographer
    Jake Simpson
  • Editor
    Erica Rowe
  • Music
    Mark Haag