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Project of the Day: “Finding My Dad’s Memory”

Project of the Day: "Finding My Dad's Memory"

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

“Finding My Dad’s Memory”

Tweetable Logline:

A filmmaker follows his father’s journey back to life after a traumatic brain injury exploring addiction, family, and memory.

Elevator Pitch:

Due to a traumatic brain injury, my dad does not remember anything that happened in the home we lived in for over twenty years, or golfing, which he did regularly for fifty years. This film will follow my dad’s return to these places he cannot remember. What is memory? Has your memory of something ever been replaced with a photo or video? Do you remember it from the camera’s lens? This film explores the relationship of the captured image and memory.

Production Team

Director/cinematographer/editor: Tim O’Donnell (PBS-WGBY’s George: Wrestling with Resistance, 2010 International Roxbury Film Festival selection)

About The Production:

I started this project almost a year ago in an Intensive Care Unit room. It was in the first few days that my dad was in a coma that I took out my iPhone and started to record him. As he began recovering, I knew the story I was capturing could be much more than just an impulsive decision to document my comatose father, in case this was the last time we saw him. A year later I am making this film to help my dad remember his old life and restore his memory.

Current Status:


For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page

Official Website

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great movie now my son knows he is not the only one


Wonderful Movie Tim. I loved it.


Great emotional story. A must see.

Tony Morales

Definitely want to see this

tod odonnell

Inspiring. If I can touch one person with my story, it is then worth it. No Quit is my motto & I am so proud of my son's effort & creativity to capture the heart of our family.

Dara Hellman

yes. want to see this one.

Dara Hellman

yes. want to see this one.


Incredible story.

Josue Lugo

Amazing, intense, full of great moments , emotional

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Looks like you got it Tim !!!! This must be "the best day of your life". Love, lynne

Carol Eriksen

The love of a son for his father….Awsome


Amazing film! Your family is in my prayers ! No quit!!
P.J Rov's sister – Kelly <3


I am a TBI survivor as well. I'd vote for this movie, but the ferrets own my heart. I hope your dad is well on the way to recovery. One day at a time!


Please let everyone know how to vote on your film tomorrow.


cant wait till this is finished!!!!!


This video represents the unconditional support and love this family shares. What an amazing production of such a beautiful miracle!! My positive thoughts and prayers sent to Tod and his entire family <3


This is very inspiring. Proof that prayer and love can overcome. Where do I vote? This is so very deserving of it.


This is truly an inspiring film and their surely is No Quit in this family. Can't wait to see this film!

Mac and Diane

Proof positive that perseverance and love can carry the day.


Amazing story. Everythings going to work out for Todd and your family. Keep fundraising and keep creating this film. It's a story that is going to inspire hope in a lot of people.


congrats on making your goal, now go make this thing!


A timely topic. It seems memory is being explored more and more through film and literature. Really looking forward to what he does here.


Who can't relate to adversity? This is an amazing story and shares a very strong message of perserverance through any of life's struggles. I cannot wait to see the full production and tons more from Tim!


This looks like it is going to be an amazing story. Can't wait to see the final production. My thoughts and prayers go out to Todd and his family!

Matty Fatts

Such an amazing story. Can't wait for more from Tim.


These guys deserve all the support they can get, it is a great story of overcoming adversity!


WOW this looks like it's going to be an amazing film! I can't wait to see to see the full length film! I am certainly going to donate at his kickstarter page! Best of luck to you and your father.


Very compelling–would love to see more!


Seeing the progress the filmmaker's father has made in the first few months is above and beyond inspiring… I am intrigued to see the leaps and bounds that Mr. O'Donnell is sure to make in the next 6 months. No Quit.


Def voting for this!


So inspiring! NO QUIT


Wow! This is such an amazing project! Can't wait to see the final film!

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