Scattered, a new documentary by Lindsay Lindenbaum is partway through a Kickstarter campaign to put the finishing touches on it and get it ready for the festival circuit. Lindenbaum uses home movies and home videos shot by her father to look at his life, but also to question how home movies are used to reflect the past.
Home movies rarely tell the whole story of someone’s life. Instead, they show fragments of a story that the person behind the camera hopes and imagines his life to be. Years later, when one’s current reality has faded or has become too difficult to bear, one returns to these memories, to this abridged story, to one version of the past. SCATTERED takes an unflinching look at my late father–a man who was fixated on documenting his life on film and who became estranged from me as a child–and unravels the story that he tried to create with his camera, to reveal the story that actually was.