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Here Right Now
Country of Production Canada
Year of Production 2020
Running Time 2’57’’
Lieve Carchon as Florence
Alanah Rodger as Liz
Writer/ Director – Hannah Siden DoP – Lado Margania
1st AD – Andraž Kadunc
Camera Operator – Christy Leung Editor – Andraž Kadunc
Focus Puller – Maria Laura Galviati Clapper Loader – Akhilesh Tirumala Gaffer – Tiger Watts
Sound Recordist – Lynn El Safah Boom Operator – Jacqueline Konig
Liz has to break the news of her grandfather's death to her grandmother, Florence, who has dementia. When Florence forgets again, Liz has a decision to make - and realizes that telling the truth is not always the kindest option.
Country United Kingdom
Hannah is recent graduate of the London Film Academy, now living in Vancouver, BC. "Here Right Now" was her first short film as a director and writer.
Her most recent short "Breathing Easy" (which she wrote and directed over Zoom) was a semi-finalist for the Flickers' Rhode Island Film Festival and in the top 8% out of 6,800 scripts in a BBC Writers' Room contest.
Hannah also directed and produced the music video ‘Plastic Wings’ in collaboration with Ballet BC, and produced a documentary mini-series about homelessness, "Home Stream". "Home Stream" was distributed by NowThis and Little Dot Studios and quickly went viral, reaching 15+ million views online.
Student @ London Film Academy
"Here Right Now" was guided in part by personal experience of a grandparent with dementia. I was interested in creating a film that explored the complexities and intricacies of caring for a loved one with dementia, in a way that felt sensitive to everyone involved and true to my family's experience.
There are so many difficult choices to be made as a family member or caretaker of a loved one with dementia that it can feel overwhelming and dispiriting. I hope that the core of the film will resonate with anyone in a similarly tough position, or more broadly even.
Sometimes the most important things are the simplest - just being present for and with another person, even if that's all you're able to offer, often means more than words can say.
The film was shot on 16mm, and is a student project.