States of Grace

  • In Memory: A Love Poem from a Son to His Mother In Memory: A Love Poem from a Son to His Mother

Showings

Sequoia 1 Sun, Oct 5, 2014 5:15 PM
Rafael 1 Tue, Oct 7, 2014 2:00 PM
Sequoia 1 Thu, Oct 9, 2014 11:30 AM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Country:US
Year:2014
Running Time:75
Director:Helen S. Cohen
Mark Lipman
Producer:Mark Lipman
Helen S. Cohen
Screenwriter:N/A
Cinematographer:Mark Lipman
Editor:Kenji Yamamoto
Print Source:Open Studio Productions LLC
Note Writer:Brendan Peterson

Description

The profound transformation of a Bay Area family fuels this stirring, heartfelt documentary about resilience and the power of second chances. For Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering San Francisco AIDS specialist, a routine drive across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic when she was in a head-on collision. After a 48-day-long coma and nine surgeries, Grace was left with a body that would never be the same. Surrounded by doctors, family, and friends, Grace returned home to Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Muir Beach, where she and her partner Fu Schroeder pieced together a new life with their daughter, Sabrina. Poetic, beautifully shot, and emotionally charged, this documentary combines interviews and up-close-and-personal footage to capture the complex family dynamics created when rules and relationships are turned upside down. Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman delicately document the pain and power of one woman’s fight to reinvent herself while illuminating the fragility and splendor of family connections and life on earth. WORLD PREMIERE

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER, MARIN INTERFAITH COUNCIL AND SPEAK TO ME

Included Shorts

In Memory: A Love Poem from a Son to His Mother (7min) More

Additional Information


Helen S. Cohen brings decades of diverse experience in social justice organizing to her role as a documentary filmmaker. Helen is co-creator of the acclaimed Respect for All Project, a program that produces cutting edge films, curriculum guides, and training resources to help prevent prejudice among young people.

Mark Lipman has worked as a documentary filmmaker for thirty years, exploring a wide range of subjects from domestic violence to human sexuality to affordable housing and community organizing. His films have been broadcast nationally on public television and won numerous awards.