About this submission
This is a story inspired by my own life experience. What makes a family? If the matriarch is what holds this group of blood relationships together, what happens when she dies? Does the family dissolve? A brother and sister live 3000 miles from one another and don’t really know each other now as adults. Taking care of mom is what unites them. Growing up in a “broken family” united them as children. How does gender determine what choices they make? Are they taking care of mom as an obligation, or out of genuine love? What does the aged mother want before she dies? She has been a feisty, independent trailblazer most of her life, and now must submit to the assistance of caregivers. The frustration of losing her independence, and her need for others makes her angry. The daughter embarks on learning to knit under the skilled tutelage of her mother. What other lessons will she share with her daughter? And what will her daughter discover in this process? The son who returns to the city of his youth will have an opportunity to make peace with his past, and his truncated relationship with both his mother and his sister. Will this be the beginning of the healing of a “broken family” or a deeper divide between the siblings?
I have been a documentary filmmaker for many years. I have also written and directed a few short narrative films which are in distribution. For the last few years, I have taught Screenwriting in a unique graduate program and mentored many talented students. This is an early draft of something I’d like to develop. It would be helpful to get feedback and meet new collaborators