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by Indiewire
January 7, 2014 12:31 PM
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Project of the Day: 'The Closer We Get'

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.

"The Closer We Get"

Tweetable Logline: A bittersweet doc following an ordinary Scottish family facing up to home truths & coming to terms with how a stroke & a secret changed them

Elevator Pitch: How many of us put off breaking family taboos till it's too late? What are we afraid of? I decided to go under the skin of my family story after my Mum's devastating stroke brought me back home to her. I wasn't the only one who returned: My prodigal father, separated from Mum for years, also turned up and little by little, we both became Mum's carers. Suddenly we all had to hang out and talk about what had happened to our family, because of the secret Dad had tried - and failed - to keep from us.

Production Team:

Directed by Karen Guthrie
Produced by Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope
Editor Alice Powell

About the Production: I first dreamed of this family film during a 2007 'blue skies' workshop. I talked to Mum about it and before her stroke we filmed one precious interview, this tape then sat on my studio shelf - too hard to watch - for some time. But with a project like this you can't hang around waiting for the money or time, so when Mum (and Dad) came back home, we started shooting again. With all the family around Mum I could feel something astonishing was happening, I began to film and this was when things started to transform between us.

Current Status: In post production currently crowd funding to be complete

For more information and to support this project: IndieGogo Page.

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2 Comments

  • Mary Hutchison | January 12, 2014 2:24 PMReply

    I'd like to see "The Closer We Get" - a uniquely personal viewpoint on a real-life story, that's relevant to us all.

  • lisa ma | January 12, 2014 1:05 PMReply

    I want to see "The Closer We Get".
    It's important not in terms of a really interesting film that reflects all of our relationship with our ever-increasing ageing generations, but also the role of film in these difficult questions and how the process of making heals unsolvable questions.