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Through the Pane

The filmmaker's 87-year-old father shares reflections on life through panes of glass while facing the pain of losing his wife of 62 years. With 'cosmic perspective', he takes comfort in the rhythms of nature to cope with the unpredictable, non-linear qualities of grief.

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This film is a tribute to my mother, but I was also moved to make it to honor my father. While I knew my parents were great role models for me in life, I learned that they could also teach me about handling death. They spoke honestly about what they wanted in death all my life, but obviously, I didn’t dwell on those conversations as a kid. Like most children, I believed my folks were immortal. When my mom had a stroke with bleeding on the brain in September 2012, my father, my husband and I all honored her living will in which she clearly stated that she wanted no heroic measures taken to save her life in such a circumstance. She was also able to express her wishes verbally to doctors and nurses when she was admitted to the hospital where she would eventually sleep away in my father’s arms while holding my hand. My parents had dated for 6 years and were married for 62, so of course relatives and friends were all deeply moved by my mom’s passing and were worried over how my father would handle it. In informing everyone about her death, he said a most remarkable thing: “I am so happy for Helen that she was able to live and die exactly as she wanted.” He set out immediately to celebrate that and to honor her memory, not with tears or self-pity but with smiles and action. My father’s selflessness and charity in the quick acceptance of death was some of the most evolved human behavior I’d ever witnessed in my life. Since the end of 2014, he’s been prolifically writing chapters for a future memoir and sending them to me for review and comment. “Through the Pane” is one of those chapters. Reading it gave me the first glimpse of his moments of loneliness and emotional pain over the loss of my mom. I was struck by his “cosmic perspective”: the raw yet graceful expression of emotion with a devoted focus to let light come through the windowpane to alleviate the pain in his heart. May we all be so enlightened in the dark hours.
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Copyright © 2015 Ron de Cana Productions, Inc.

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Current and upcoming screenings

19 Oct – 22 Oct | Bellocchi de Fano, Italy
21 Oct – 23 Oct | Novi Sad, Serbia
22 Oct | Daroca, Spain
FeSanCor: Chilean International Short Film Festival
24 Oct – 31 Oct | Santiago, Chile
3 Nov – 11 Nov | Tirana, Albania
6 Nov | Davis, United States
18 Nov – 17 Dec | Granada, Spain
19 Nov | Saint-Ouen, France

Previous screenings

Semana Internacional del Cortometraje de San Roque | 2016
1 Feb – 6 Feb | Cádiz, Spain
Love Actually International Short Film Showcase | 2016
14 Feb | New York City, United States
Arraial Cine Fest | 2016
29 Feb – 4 Mar | Arraial d´Ajuda Porto Seguro. Bahia., Brazil
20 Mar | Los Angeles, United States
2 Apr – 24 Apr | Calella, Spain
Beijing International Film Festival
16 Apr – 23 Apr | Beijing, China
19 Apr – 20 Apr | Granada, Spain
27 May – 31 May | Strumica, Macedonia
Azores Fringe Festival | 2016
1 Jun – 30 Jun | Azores, Portugal
1 Jun – 8 Jun | Tirana, Albania
Porto7: Oporto International Short Films Festival
8 Jun – 12 Jun | Porto, Portugal
13 Jun – 18 Jun | Termoli, Italy
7th Overlook: Cinemavvenire Film Festival | 2016
15 Jun – 30 Jun | Rome, Italy
A Corto di Donne: Women's Short Film Festival
14 Jul – 17 Jul | Pozzuoli, Italy
River Aire Ten Minute Amateur International Film Festival | 2016
16 Jul | Keighley, United Kingdom
Samawa Cinema | 2016
18 Jul – 22 Jul | Samawa Muthanna, Iraq
22 Jul – 29 Jul | Kigali, Rwanda
23 Jul – 27 Jul | Verona, Italy
9 Aug – 13 Aug | Lenola, Italy
24 Aug – 28 Aug | Cologne, Germany
1 Sep – 18 Sep | London, United Kingdom
2 Sep – 6 Sep | Ferizaj, Kosovo
21 Sep – 25 Sep | Pale + Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
28 Sep – 2 Oct | Vasteras, Sweden
30 Sep – 9 Oct | Norrköping, Sweden
Visualízame: Festival Audiovisual y Mujer | 2016
30 Sep – 2 Oct | Spain
2 Oct | Twickenham, United Kingdom
El Samán Festicine Video Imagen | 2016
13 Oct – 16 Oct | Viterbo de Caldas, Colombia

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