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Made over five years, Jordan Lord’s feature-length documentary debut, Shared Resources, depicts the filmmaker and their family after Lord’s father was fired from his job as a debt collector and their parents declared Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Following their parents' day-to-day lives and the filmmaker’s complicated relationship with them, the film self-reflexively utilizes open captions and visual descriptions both to provide access to Blind and Deaf audiences and to open the processes of documentary-making and reception. 

Much as the film finds the ties of moral, institutional, societal, and financial debt amongst the filmmaker and their family members, it accordingly asks what debts are owed to audiences. Moving, humorous, and propelled by Lord’s central question – what does it mean to owe each other everything – Shared Resources depicts a Southern, white, middle-class family navigating the devastating effects of capitalism to propose a documentary practice based in continual consent and acknowledgment of the debts between filmmakers, the people whose lives they document, and audiences.

As a matter of access for Blind and low vision readers this is the movie still image description: Three white people sit at a table together, each with a set of white papers in front of them. The figure on the far left is a bald man in his 60s, who reads the papers intently. The figure in the center is a person in their late 20s, who looks to a woman in her 60s with blonde hair, who holds the papers in her hands and looks back at them. A caption appears over the image that reads: “My mom looks at me, as I speak. My dad looks down at the contract.”

  • Runtime
    98 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Jordan Lord