DIRECTED & PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANDREW YOUNG
PRODUCED BY SUSAN TODD
UNBURDEN is a fiction short film in association with the Jacob Burns Film Center and Wild Angel Films. A bedtime story about a robin chick who falls from its nest turns into a dramatic confession, as Joy relives a tragic accident she caused when her daughter Callie was a baby. The trauma sends shock waves between Joy and her husband Frank. In the end, it is Callie whose surprising response reveals the power of forgiveness to heal the deepest wounds.
The Mother Is The One Who STRETCHES
DIRECTED BY SUSAN TODD
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ANDREW YOUNG
Every mother feels stretched by the challenges of raising children. At one moment you are overwhelmed by the love you have for them and the next, they are driving you insane. This film is a collaboration of three women artists: a dancer, a writer and a filmmaker, each of whom knows intimately the joys and frustrations of nurturing kids. Performed by a lone woman on a dark stage, the dance begins at pregnancy and reveals the often humorous situations we face, trying to maintain some sense of equilibrium as the baby grows to child, then adolescent, and ultimately, to adult. Accompanied by the avant-garde string quartet, ETHEL, and featuring the work of award-winning cinematographer, Andrew Young, the film is a moving dance and spoken word performance about one of life's most dynamic and essential roles.