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Estranged Sisters Reunite with Their Old Lives and Each Other ‘What Children Do’

Estranged Sisters Reunite with Their Old Lives and Each Other 'What Children Do'

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What Children Do

Logline: A dark comedy about two estranged sisters who return to their hometown in upstate New York to take care of their dying grandmother and in the process attempt to repair their dysfunctional relationship.

Elevator Pitch: 
Two sisters, one a failed actress in Los Angeles and the other a bored librarian living in small town, return home to take care of their grandmother on her deathbed. The two haven’t spoken in three years and still haven’t resolved any of the lingering resentments from childhood but must nonetheless try to put aside their differences and be there for Nana. While back at home they encounter old flames, over zealous pastors, and overdue DVDs while attempting to repair their comically disastrous relationship and come to terms with the town they grew up in.

Production Team:
Dean Peterson – Writer/Director – Past films include "Incredibly Small," "Sea Beach Local," "Stop Telling Women to Smile," and "Killing Baldacci."
Ariana Janetakis – Producer
Liz Zweibel – Producer
Darin Quan – Director of Photography

About the Film:
This is an incredibly hilarious, sad, and biting story about sisters, death, failure, and coming to terms with the place you grew up. It’s exactly the kind of movie that I love to watch and it’s a story I’ve been dying to tell for over two years.

Current Status: We’re currently doing a Kickstarter for the film and plan to start shooting in April.

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Kathe Yamagata


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