My guest is filmmaker Reed Harkness, director of the award-winning documentary “Sam Now”. The film will be theatrically distributed by 8 Above with week-long runs beginning April 6 at the Laemmle Glendale in Los Angeles and on April 7 at the Village East Cinemas in New York. Harkness, the director, lead subject and members of the filmmaking team will be in attendance for opening weekends in Los Angeles and New York. A nationwide expansion will follow in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Portland and other select markets. The film will launch its National TV Broadcast on PBS Independent Lens on May 8, 2023. What do two film-obsessed brothers do to solve a family mystery? Using every video format imaginable, they make a movie as they travel thousands of miles looking for their missing mom. Stitching together 25 years of home videos and filling the gaps in the archive with play, “Sam Now” is a mosaic of love, longing and loss, as well as an attempt to overcome intergenerational trauma.
Philip Shane is an award winning documentary filmmaker with over 30 years of experience. He was Co-Director & Editor of “Being Elmo” (Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival), and Producer & Editor of the two hour feature documentary, “Einstein” (2008, History Channel). As Editor of “Dancing in Jaffa”, which had it’s World Premiere at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival, he and Bob Eisenhardt won the Best Editing Award at Israel’s prestigious DocAviv Film Festival. His latest film, a short form documentary is called “Jade Doskow: Photographer of Lost Utopias”.