Filmmaker Andrew Garbus’s parents are divorcing after thirty years of marriage. In response to this, he creates a film chronicling the week of the move out from his childhood home, seeking closure as to how his family fell apart, while continuing to battle his own demons, both past and present, and trying to find hope for the future.
What is this film about?
The history of filmmaker Andrew Garbus’s family has largely been captured on video, whether it’s the home movies his parents made, or the short films he created growing up. After 30 years of marriage, Andrew’s mom and dad, decide it’s time to separate and leave the home they raised their family in. Andrew attempts to find closure amidst this ending of an era in their lives, by making one last home video, chronicling their final week together. What starts off as a film about a son seeking to better understand the reasons behind his parent’s separation and his family’s history, quickly transforms into a raw and difficult journey within. Andrew is confronted with his own past traumas and how they impacted his family as a whole. While the family attempts to successfully move out, decades of pain and tension come to a climax. Andrew and his parents must confront their pasts in order to come together, not only to successfully move out of the house, but to find a semblance of peace and hope for the future, all while completing the making of the film. Emerging from this is an unflinching, complex, and ultimately uplifting portrait of love, hate, pain, grief, forgiveness, and the ties that bind.
Why is this film worth your support?
About 5 minutes into Lost and Found, I (director Andrew Garbus) am asked the question by the film’s cinematographer (Isaiah Rendon) “Why are you making this?” My answer today is the same as I answered during filming four years ago. Growing up I struggled with a variety of different mental illnesses. I lived an incredibly isolated life, and found solace primarily through the films I watched. They had a profound effect on me, showing me different worlds far beyond my own home, teaching me how to empathize with people of completely different backgrounds, causing me to reflect on myself as a person and giving me hope in the darkest of times. Whenever I make a film, I want to make something that does for viewers what those many films did for me during that fundamental time in my life, and continue to do for me to this day. I felt the best way for me to achieve this goal was to make something as personal, honest, and vulnerable as I possibly could. My parents impending separation and the move out from my childhood home struck me as providing the perfect opportunity to make such a film. Lost and Found is not only a film about a family moving out from their home, my parent’s failed marriage, and the pains of divorce, it’s also about my struggles with mental illness and how that impacted the already strained relationships within my family. It’s also a personal exploration of how film has served as an emotional refuge and outlet for me throughout my life. I fervently hope that people will be positively impacted by this film and through the openness exhibited, gain empathy for others similarly situated, as well as being encouraged to cope with their own life’s crisis, be they similar or otherwise. In addition, I hope it will promote people feeling more at ease about sharing their own stories with others and benefiting by their experience.
How will you spend the money that I donate?
Good question! Any of the money you contribute to our production will be used for any costs associated with the finishing of post-production, distribution, marketing, legal, and deliverable costs. Specific examples of this include sound mixing, color correction, additional backup hard drives, distribution consultations, hiring of a social media specialist, exhibition costs (production of blu-rays, DCPs for screeners), social media advertisements, posters, and other marketing materials. If this sounds a bit esoteric, than suffice it to say, you will enable a young filmmaker whose life has found meaning, hope and purpose, in films, to fulfill his dream of creating a work that will touch others and help them to better understand and appreciate what may be their own struggles or those of others around them. Lastly, since we’re fiscally sponsored by From The Hear Productions, any donation you make is tax deductible as well!
To know Andrew Garbus is to know that he has been behind a camera for almost his entire life, beginning by making videos with his parent’s then state of the art VHS camera. Throughout his childhood he gravitated to movie theaters and was moved and influenced by his experiences there. He directed his first film at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since. He studied film at the University of Texas at Austin and has worked in post-production for films that have played at festivals such as SXSW (Brewmaster) and Tribeca (The Sensitives). His own projects have screened at festivals across the country. His narrative short film A Song For Danny (2015) screened at NewFilmmaker’s New York 2016 and Dallas VideoFest 29. His previous documentary, the short film SOL screened at Dallas VideoFest 27, IndieFest USA 2014, The Mosaic Film Experience, and New Filmmaker’s New York 2015. Theater Jone’s Magazine called SOL “The most poignant and powerful eight-minute film I’ve ever seen.” Lost and Found, is his first feature film.
You can learn more about Andrew by visiting his website here.
Sean fell in love with cinema at the age of five after watching Dracula (1931). He attended Purchase College and graduated with a BA in Cinema Studies. He has shot and edited numerous music videos, commercials, shorts, and feature films. Most recently Sean worked as a witness reference camera operator on Ang Lee’s Gemini Man (2019). Sean is also very well versed in film studies and theory. He takes this knowledge and applies it to everything he works on. Lost and Found is of no exception.
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Isaiah Rendon has been a cinematographer for music video, commercial, and narrative film projects. Isaiah has worked with image capture formats including digital, traditional film, and stereoscopic 3D. He has been nominated for best cinematography awards for his work on Barrow and The Back Up Plan. Isaiah graduated film school from The University of Texas at Austin where he received a Bachelors of Science as well as a nomination for the American Society of Cinematographers Heritage award in 2016. You can learn more about Isaiah by clicking here.
Zachry Karisch grew up in rural La Grange, Texas. He received his bachelors of arts degree at Baylor university in film and digital media with a minor in English. His early career in film production, as an audio technician, allowed him to gain experience working Texas independent filmmaking (Two Step, Brotherly Love) and documentaries around the world (Bricks in Motion, The Truth About Cancer). He currently lives in Austin Texas pursuing a Masters degree in film theory. After almost a decade working in independent filmmaking, Zachry still works in audio, but now focuses mainly on writing and content creation.
Kristina Motwani is an award-winning editor who is based in San Francisco. She edited for ITVS’s Independent Lens and AJ+’s Documentary team and is the editor of the films First Friday, Fruits of Labor, and The Most Fearless, and co- editor of the film Midnight Traveler. Kristina was also recently named one of DOCNYC’s 40 Under 40. You can learn more about Kristina by visiting her website here.
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