Runtime: 15 mins
Director: Susan Cahill + Matt Rogers
“Almost Home” traces the story of Yvonne Hepditch and Jim Cahill as they travel back to an abandoned rural fishing village and to the home they have built together over the last decade on the former site of Yvonne’s family land. The primary footage for this film was shot in 2016, the fiftieth anniversary of Yvonne and her family relocating as part of the government-directed resettlement program. As part of a growing trend of people travelling to and building structures on their family’s former land, Yvonne and Jim’s desire to return to Clattice Harbour is connected to a larger search for home and belonging among many children of the resettlement era. In this way, the documentary tells the ongoing story of resettlement, one that is not buried in a by-gone era of historical documents, but is alive and present in the contemporary life of many people.
2018 Hollywood North Film Awards
- Best Director
- Best Canadian Short Doc
- Best Cinematography
- Best Sound Design
Susan Cahill, Matt Rogers
Susan Cahill (Director/Writer/Producer) is a curator and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Calgary. Her work explores how creative practices function to shape and reshape notions of belonging and home in the modern and contemporary periods. She is currently completing a book project, States of Observance, which examines artistic engagements with the contemporary surveillance state. Almost Home, which tells the story of her parents return to an abandoned out-port community in Newfoundland, is her first foray into documentary film.
Matt Rogers (Co-Director/Producer) is an Atlantic Canadian Filmmaker and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. He is also a part owner of the film production company, Frictive Pictures Inc. He has produced, written, and directed films that screened at national and international film festivals and, as a director of photography, his work has been recognized with various nominations and awards. In 2018, Matt and his Frictive Pictures production team (Robert Gray & Jon Dewar) were awarded a Telefilm Canada Micro Budget/Talent-fund grant to produce their first feature film (Entropic, Dir. Robert Gray). The film is currently in post-production and will be ready for festivals in Fall, 2019.