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Must Read After My Death

DIR: Morgan Dews
2007 / United States / 74 min

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Filmmaker Morgan Dews was very close to his grandmother Allis, but it wasn’t until after her death in 2001 that he became aware of an astounding archive she’d amassed throughout the 1960s. Filled with startlingly intimate and candid audio recordings detailing her family’s increasingly turbulent lives, the collection also contained hundreds of silent home movies, photographs and written journals. Using only these found materials, Dews has fashioned a searing family portrait that affords fly-on-the-wall access to one family’s struggles amid an America on the verge of dramatic transformation.

Must Read After My Death follows Allis, her husband Charley and their four children in Hartford, Connecticut. Charley’s work takes him to Australia, so the couple purchases Dictaphone recorders as a way to stay in touch throughout Charlie’s extended absences. A modern woman at least a decade ahead of her time, Allis struggles against conformity – against the conventional roles of wife and mother. She finds the recordings cathartic and, with the family’s cooperation, incorporates them into their everyday existence. When the family turns to psychologists and psychiatrists, their strife increases and the recordings turn progressively darker – even desperate. All the while, Dews employs the family’s many home movies and the seemingly placid, typically American façade that they convey, as visual counterpoint to the raw and sobering tape recordings.

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About

Director Morgan Dews
Screenplay Morgan Dews
Dir. of Photography Allis, Charley, Anne, Chuck, Bruce, Douglas
Editing Morgan Dews
Music Paul Damien Hogan
Sound Allis, Charley, Anne, Chuck, Bruce, Douglas
Duration 74 min
Year 2007
Country United States
Colour Colour, Black & White
Tags America, experimental, family, family archives, private, relationships
Production
Distribution ICTV Solferino
ICTV Solferino
Address:  17 rue du colisée
City:  75008 Paris
Country:  France
Web:  www.ictv-solferino.com/
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Phone:  +33 1 4359 2679

Festivals
  • Mostra de Sao Paulo ...
  • Mostra de Sao Paulo, 2007
  • IDFA Amsterdam, 2007
  • Punto de Vista, Pamplona, 2008
    1st Special Mention, Jury
  • Singapore
  • Visions du Reél Nyon
  • Hot Docs, Toronto
  • European Media Art Festival
  • Documenta Madrid
  • EDOC
  • Huesca de Cine
  • Los Angeles Film Festival
  • FIDMarseille
    GRAND PRIX
    International Competition 2008
  • Vancouver
  • Docupolis, Barcelona
  • UnderDox, Munich
  • Ghent
  • Montreal New Cinema
  • Ourense
  • Cork
  • Lausanne Underground
  • Hamptons
  • Docslisboa
    Odiessea Award for 1st Documentary
  • Chicago
  • BFI’s London Film Fest
  • Viennale, Vienna
    runner up for FIPRESCI prize
  • Jihlava
  • Mar de Plata, Buenos Aires
  • CPH:DOX, Copenhagen
  • Denver Film Festival
  • Filmer à tout prix, Brussels
    Opening Film
  • Festival dei Popoli
    Audience Award
    Jury Special Mention
  • Zinebi Bilbao
  • Stuttgarter Filmwinter
  • DocPoint Helsinki
  • DocsBarcelona
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • Punta de Vista - Again! ’09
  • ZagrebDox
  • USA Film Festival
  • Mar de Plata Travelling Exposition
  • Transilvania IFF
  • Shanghai TV Festival
    Golden Magnolia Prize
  • Era New Horizons (Wroclaw) Morgan Q&A
  • Sichuan TV Festival (Chengdu)
Awards

International Grand Prix at ...

International Grand Prix at FID Marseille
Golden Magnolia at Shanghai TV fest
Best 1st Doc at DocLisboa
Gala opening film at FATP Brussels
Audience Award in Florence
Special Mention in Pamplona
Special Mention in Florence

shortlisted for Independent Spirit Award “Truer Than Fiction”

runner up for FIPRESCI critics prize Viennale



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