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Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #9: ‘Bad Hurt’ Tackles the Drama of War and Family

Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #9: 'Bad Hurt' Tackles the Drama of War and Family

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Director Mark Kemble explores the tensions of one family in his domestic drama “Bad Hurt.”

Life for the Kendalls has been burdened by grief and claustrophobia. Faced with caring for one child with special needs and another with PTSD, the family struggles for a sense of stability at home in their Staten Island hamlet. When a secret from the past is revealed, it threatens to tear them apart. [Synopsis courtesy of Tribeca.]

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What’s your film about in 140 characters or less?

A testament to the power of love, “Bad Hurt” chronicles a family’s hopeful battle to stay together as personal demons and destructive secrets threaten to rip them apart.

Now what’s it REALLY about?

Elaine Kendall, a determined Staten Island housewife, fights to keep her family together in the face of growing chaos. 
A once passionate love affair with her husband Ed, a proud Vietnam veteran, is evaporating after many years of unspoken regrets. Together, they struggle to make sense of the blossoming romance between their adult, mentally challenged daughter and a provocative co-worker. 
Meanwhile, their patriotic eldest son fights to overcome physical and psychological scars from serving in the Gulf War in Iraq. Their youngest son lives in the shadow of his brother’s accomplishments, wishing nothing more than to carve out his own place in his father’s heart. 

Tell us briefly about yourself.

I write, direct and teach. Born and raised in New England, live in Los Angeles.

Biggest challenge in completing this film?

Moving quickly and efficiently, while maintaining quality.

What do you want the Tribeca audience to take away from your film?

I’d like them to be moved and reflect on something in themselves and their communities.

Any films inspire you?

Many. A few are “Wings of Desire,” “Terms of Endearment,” “Raging Bull.”

What’s next?

I have a few scripts I’d like to film. One, “Names” is about the day Elia Kazan decides to name names before HUAC and the impact it has on fellow Group Theater alumni.

What cameras did you shoot on?

Arri Alexa with Panavision lenses.

Did you crowdfund?
If so, via what platform. If not, why?


Did you go to film school? If so, which one? 


Indiewire invited Tribeca Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2015 festival. For profiles go HERE.

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