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June 4, 2012 11:09 AM
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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


  • michelle | March 16, 2013 9:41 AMReply

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

  • Pat | March 15, 2013 4:52 PMReply

    Wonderful Movie Tim. I loved it.

  • Roper | March 13, 2013 8:04 AMReply

    Great emotional story. A must see.

  • Tony Morales | March 12, 2013 3:23 PMReply

    Definitely want to see this

  • tod odonnell | March 11, 2013 8:46 PMReply

    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 | March 11, 2013 6:26 PMReply

    yes. want to see this one.

  • Dara Hellman | March 11, 2013 6:25 PMReply

    yes. want to see this one.

  • ric | July 6, 2012 12:02 AMReply

    Incredible story.

  • Josue Lugo | July 4, 2012 8:34 PMReply

    Amazing, intense, full of great moments , emotional

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  • Lynne | June 11, 2012 11:32 AMReply

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

  • Carol Eriksen | June 11, 2012 10:38 AMReply

    The love of a son for his father....Awsome

  • Kelly | June 11, 2012 10:11 AMReply

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

  • Lydia | June 8, 2012 4:31 PMReply

    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!

  • JR | June 7, 2012 7:08 PMReply

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

  • luke | June 6, 2012 7:24 PMReply

    cant wait till this is finished!!!!!

  • Emily | June 5, 2012 9:39 PMReply

    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

  • Deb | June 5, 2012 9:29 PMReply

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

  • Dele | June 5, 2012 7:44 PMReply

    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 | June 5, 2012 7:37 PMReply

    Proof positive that perseverance and love can carry the day.

  • MIKE | June 5, 2012 1:44 PMReply

    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.

  • Ben | June 5, 2012 12:14 PMReply

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

  • Corinne | June 5, 2012 12:02 PMReply

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

  • Jacqueline | June 5, 2012 11:56 AMReply

    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!

  • Jen | June 5, 2012 11:42 AMReply

    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 | June 5, 2012 11:12 AMReply

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

  • Fred | June 5, 2012 11:09 AMReply

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

  • Kevin | June 5, 2012 10:23 AMReply

    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.

  • Jacqueline | June 5, 2012 10:19 AMReply

    Very compelling--would love to see more!

  • Ange | June 5, 2012 9:36 AMReply

    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.

  • Francis | June 5, 2012 9:30 AMReply

    Def voting for this!

  • Ben | June 5, 2012 9:25 AMReply

    So inspiring! NO QUIT

  • Allison | June 4, 2012 11:35 PMReply

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