Angela's birth family attends Bellingham screening

Last weekend I fulfilled a dream that I’ve had for a couple of years.  Closure screened in front of two sold out audiences in Bellingham, Washington at the Pickford Film Center.  Bellingham is the town where Angela was raised, and where her parents still reside.  To add to the festivities, Angela’s birth mother (Deborah) and birth sister (Carolyn “Na-Na”) flew out from Chattanooga, Tennessee to be in attendance.  The first stop after picking them up at the SeaTac airport was a Ferris Wheel ride on Seattle's waterfront.  With both Angela and Na-Na possessing a slight fear of heights, there were tears of laughter as we swung, suspended in the air, with breathtaking views of the water and Seattle skyline.  In retrospect, this was symbolic of the emotional "ride" that was to be this entire weekend.  

I shouldn’t be the one to speak to this, but I imagine it was difficult for Deborah to watch the film, and relive some of those moments and get a glimpse into Angela's lifelong struggle and desire to know where she came from.  After the Q&A of the first showing, I stood in the lobby and watched person after person go up to both Deborah and Na-Na, hugging them, thanking them for coming, offering kind words about their courage, and thanking them in general for opening up their lives for the film.  It was truly touching.

Many of you were unable to get in to the show, and several of you even asked the theater manager to bring the film back.  Good news! They listened to you and have invited Closure back in October, to be a part of the Pickford's annual Doctober Festival (a month long celebration of documentaries)!  Exact showing dates/times are still being finalized and will be announced at a future date.   In the meantime, here are a few photos from this weekend. 

San Francisco Documentary Film Festival

I was born in San Francisco and raised in the North Bay Area, before moving up to Seattle in 2004 for college.  So to bring CLOSURE back to SF was a huge honor for me.  We flew down to attend the screening on 6/8 at the Roxie Theater in the Mission District, which I was told is San Francisco's oldest continually operating movie theater.  The audience response was overwhelmingly positive, and it was especially touching for me to speak with many people afterwards and hear of how CLOSURE had moved them.  Many thanks to all who came out, and if you know anyone in SF who may like to see it, CLOSURE will be screening on 6/13 in SF and 6/22 in Santa Cruz.  Enjoy these photos, which were taken by Chelsea Peck (of Mr. & Mrs. Something, who did the original music for the film).