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A filmmaker follows his father’s journey back to life after a traumatic brain injury exploring addiction, family, and memory.
A filmmaker follows his father’s journey back to life after a traumatic brain injury exploring addiction, family, and memory.
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“Finding my Dad’s Memories,” a personal documentary shot by the subject’s son Tim O’Donnell, follows his father’s journey back to life after a traumatic brain injury exploring addiction, family, and memory.

This feature length documentary film will chronicle my dad’s recovery from a traumatic brain injury. After an 8 day long coma and month long paraplegia it has become apparent that despite dramatic improvement, some brain function is still impaired, including the ability to access certain memories. My dad does not remember anything that happened in the home he lived in for over twenty years, or golfing, which he did regularly for fifty. This film will follow my dad’s return to these places he cannot remember. Alongside the narrative of my father’s recovery, will be an exploration into how memories are captured, stored, lost, and regained, focusing on episodic memory, which is the type of memory that was disrupted by my father’s brain injury. This film will address what it means to be a good father and struggle with a gambling addiction. It will deconstruct a parental figure from the perspective of a son. This film will also explore the universal theme of strength in the face of adversity by looking at the deep and unwavering bond of a family faced with tragic circumstances and the dedication of a father to recover for his wife and children.

YOUR HELP MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

I started this project almost a year ago. When I first started filming it, I had no idea what the end would look like, or whether anyone would ever watch what I was filming, myself included. It was in the first few days that my dad was in a coma that I took out my iPhone and started to record him. As he began recovering, I knew the story I was capturing could be much more than just an impulsive decision to document my comatose father, in case this was the last time we saw him.  I want my family’s experience and my dad’s recovery to inspire others who are going through trauma.

Now I am on a mission to tell this story and I need your help! 

You can help in a number of ways. First and foremost — by donating to this Kickstarter campaign. Your contribution will make the film's production possible, and as thanks for your generosity, we'll hook you up with some awesome and great prizes. Your support will go directly towards:

  • Production costs for: filming my dad's progress from early June till August 31, 2012 (this will be the 1 year anniversary of his injury and the last day of filming)
  • Production costs for: interviews with neurologists, neurosurgeons, and psychoneurologists.
  • Camera and Audio Equipment
  • Much Needed External Hard Drive Storage for Footage

WE WILL ONLY RECEIVE THE FUNDS IF WE REACH OUR GOAL OF $10,000!

There are some other important ways you can help. The more people who are aware of this project, the better my chances of raising the necessary funds. By emailing your friends about the film, posting a link to this page on Facebook, or spreading word on Twitter, you'll be giving the film crucial, valuable support. Please help reach as many people as possible!

Like the page on facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/findingmydadsmemories

Check out updates for the film at: http://www.findingmydadsmemories.com/

WATCH the Inspirational short film by Tim O'Donnell that started this project

This film is being used in an upcoming ESPN feature.

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