Directed, edited and produced by Laura Checkoway, the film tells the story of America's oldest interracial newlyweds, whose unusual and idyllic love story is threatened by a devastating abuse of the legal guardianship system.
Press for Edith+Eddie:
"Two lovers against the world. A relationship trying to beat the odds. This is among the most prominent storylines in our common book of narratives. Laura Checkoway finds a new way to tell it, at the intersection of ageism and ageless love...capturing the beauty of a pure love unfazed, at least by the people inside it, by race or age." –Aarik Danielsen, Columbia Daily Tribune
"I really want this film to help open a conversation about the not only about honoring elders and elder rights and elder abuse but also specifically about the flaws of the legal guardianship system."––Laura Checkoway in an interview with KBIA
"A lovingly told story done right, Edith+Eddie is a ride on the best kind of emotional rollercoaster." ––Paul Sturtz, True/False Film Fest Co-Founder
Reviewed in the Columbia Daily Tribune, Aarik Danielsen describes James' take on the the case against a small, immigrant-owned New York bank in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis: "James approached the family with integrity and scrutiny. He labored to clearly, carefully represent the viewpoint of prosecutors and jurors, and to use those interviews as a catalyst for hard conversations with the Sungs. The film’s point of view keeps it from being a true act of journalism, James said; yet he applied journalistic standards of fact-gathering and storytelling."
This year's True/False Fest is sure to be expertly programmed and full of challenging, entertaining and well-made content. As James says, "Audiences there come to be spoiled by the quality of the offering. For the most part, you can't go wrong."
We're also extremely excited that #KTQLab grad, Quest, has been selected to receive the festival's 2017 True Life Fund. The indomitable Rainey family, featured in Quest, will be the recipients of the fund. Spotlighting one movie each year, the festival collaborates with filmmakers, whose intimate knowledge of their “characters” enables them to pinpoint needs.
This year's fund will go towards the Raineys’ home studio––a creative space and community refuge in North Philadelphia. Christopher “Quest” Rainey hosts Friday night recording sessions and mentors artists in the community. His wife, Christine’a, a.k.a. “Ma Quest,” works at a local homeless shelter. What starts as a tender portrait of an American family undergoes a slow-burn transformation into a stunning look at race, class, and community.
Find a full schedule for True/False here!
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