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Logline: A daughter and mother explore their past to fix their future. Told with biting humor and raw honesty, this is an intimate story about family dysfunctions, forgiveness and healing.
“Look At Us Now, Mother!” documents a highly charged mother-daughter relationship’s transition from “Mommie Dearest” to Dear Mom, from hatred to love, with the daughter behind the camera. The film is an unflinching look at the complex bond between mother and daughter, illuminating not only family behaviors and patterns, but generational, cultural and individual histories. Gayle and Mildred’s journey spans decades and continents, fraught with conflict and emotional land mines; told with biting humor and raw honesty, this is an intimate story of family dysfunctions, forgiveness and healing.
Gayle Kirschenbaum – Director, Producer, Camera, Editor
Melissa Jo Peltier – Co-Producer
Alex Keipper – Editor
David Zieff – Editing Consultant
Jonathan Sacks – Composer
Kirsten Larvick – Associate Producer, Outreach Coordinator
Lori Cheatle – Consulting Producer
Mark Mori – Consulting Producer
Steven Gladstone – Director of Photography
Su Kim – Additional Camera
Don Dinicola – Music Supervisor
Rex Fowler – Singer/Songwriter
Lygia Ferra – Singer/Songwriter
Stephen Day – Songwriter
Benjamin Court – Singer/Songwriter
Quentin Chiappetta – Sound Design and Mix
Steve Pequignot – Online Editor/Colorist
Jessica Phillips – Producer’s Assistant
Emily Dziobek – Researcher
Brian Ihnen – Assistant Editor
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About the Film:
I knew I had to make “Look At Us Now, Mother!” when I realized many people were still suffering from childhood scars but had been unable to forgive their abuser. It doesn’t matter who you are or how successful, the unexpressed pain from past traumas can lock you in place and keep you from accomplishing great things. I had already forgiven my mother and knew I needed to document my journey and show how I was able to accomplish it. My mission now is to help others heal and learn that forgiveness is possible even when it seems unlikely.
Current Status: We are fundraising to release the film theatrically in 2016. We will be doing the theatrical distribution ourselves with a top team of professionals!