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Perfect Strangers

June, 2013
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Perfect Strangers tells the story of two unique and engaging characters. One is Ellie, who embarks on an unpredictable journey of twists and turns, determined to give away one of her kidneys. Five hundred miles away, Kathy endures nightly dialysis and loses hope of receiving a transplant until Ellie reads her profile on an online website. Both women face unexpected challenges as their parallel stories unfold over the course of four years. Perfect Strangers raises questions about what motivates an individual towards this act of compassion. Why are we unnerved by the idea of such an extreme gift?

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

National Broadcast, America ReFramed series, PBS World

Best Documentary, Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival, 2014

Audience Award, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2014

Audience Award, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, 2014

Honorable Mention, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, 2013

Honorable Mention, University Film and Video Association National Conference, 2013

Ethnografilm, Paris, 2015

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, 2013

Southern Circuit, 2014

Thin Line Film Festival, 2014

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2014

American Documentary Film Festival, 2104

ReelHeART International Film Festival, Toronto, 2014

SF DocFest, 2013

Heartland Film Festival, 2013

United Nations Association Film Festival, 2013