God Knows Where I Am

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SPECIAL Q&A'S WITH THE DIRECTORS    Todd and Jedd Wider (3/31/17), SATURDAY (4/1/17), SUNDAY (4/2/17) & MONDAY (4/3/17)!

 Q&As: 

Friday 3/31, 5:25pm screening
Q&A with directors Todd and Jedd Wider
Saturday 4/1, 5:25pm screening
Q&A with directors Todd and Jedd Wider
Sunday 4/2, 5:25pm screening
Q&A with directors Todd and Jedd Wider & Actress Lori Singer (voice of Linda Bishop)
Monday 4/3, 5:25pm screening
Q&A with directors Todd and Jedd Wider & Rachel Aviv, author of New Yorker essay titled "God Knows Where I Am"

Synopsis:

The body of a woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse.  Besides the body lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignance, beauty, humor and spirituality.  For nearly four months, Linda Bishop, a prisoner of her own mind, survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record.  How did Linda-loving mother, sister, daughter and friend--get here?  As her mysterious story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves.  The filmmakers used multiple film formats, including 35mm, 16mm, super 16mm to capture this story, and actress Lori Singer (Short Cuts, Footloose) voices the diary. The result is a unique documentary that challenges the boundaries of the medium artistically and at the same time questions our societal norms for dealing with the mentally ill and homeless.

 

Festival Life

God Knows Where I Am has played at over 40 film festivals around the world, winning a number of prominent awards including:

-HOT DOCS:  SPECIAL JURY PRIZE INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

-SALEM FILM FEST:  AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD

-IDFA: BEST OF FEST 

-NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL:  SPECIAL JURY AWARD - INNOVATIVE TREATMENT OF A SOCIAL ISSUE IN A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

-NEW HAMPSHIRE FILM FESTIVAL:  BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

-AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL:  BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

-MARYLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:   BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

-QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL: BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY and BEST DIRECTOR

 

Response

"God Knows Where I Am, the directing debut of brothers Jedd and Todd Wider. Producers of award-winning docs by Alex Gibney and others, the Widers apply great artistic ambition to a story few would handle in this manner, resulting in a haunting film that deserves the special jury prize it was awarded at Hot Docs.  At its heart, it remains a quiet elegy for a woman who needn't have died so soon, or so alone."  John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

 

"Throughout the beautiful, evocative, and ultimately heartbreaking tale of Linda Bishop, the Widers use a variety of cameras and film formats to grant the movie an almost dreamlike feel, and they're aided immeasurably by Bishop's meticulous daily journal, which is read with tenderness and humanity by Lori Singer, bringing Bishop elegantly to life as the chronicler of her own story."  Chris Orr, The Atlantic

 

"The Widers pair stunning cinematography with expertly performed narration provided by actress Lori Singer. The actress steps inside Bishop so completely that it's impossible not to sit in stunned silence listening to every word of the journals as they're delivered. God Knows Where I Am one of the best, subtlest, most deeply personal looks inside the failings of the mental health care system in some time."  Andrew Parker, The Toronto Film Scene

 

I've seen God Know Where I Am three times. It's not only rich and layered enough to hold up on every viewing, but on an emotional level, I wept profusely - again and again and yet again.   This is great cinema and certainly a contender for one of the best documentaries of the new millennium. It captures profound poetic truths about homelessness, mental illness and loneliness, which are rendered with such artistry and sensitivity that this is a film for the ages. 5 out of 5 starsGreg Klykiw, The Film Corner