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Those Left Behind

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Jamie was only 16 years old when he took an overdose of pills and stepped off the end of the dock at his family’s summer home. No explanation could explain the terrible choice he made. Like the path of a stone, fiercely thrown, his death damaged all that it touched. A family history forever shattered into before and after. Those left behind - his mother Peg, 40s, his father Robert, 40s and his sister Shelly, 19. Now, 25 years after Jamie’s death, Shelly, 45, a successful doctor and a good single mother to her 16-year-old son Noah, finally returns to the family’s summer home to help Peg recover from minor heart surgery. Although Peg has come to terms with her grief over her son, the years have not brought closure for Shelly or her father Robert. Both believe that they were to blame for Jamie’s death. Unable to witness the other’s grief, father and daughter, once close, became estranged. Peg hopes her daughter’s visit will bring Robert and Shelly finally back together again.

DIRECTOR: Maria Finitzo
PRODUCER: Lije Sarki
WRITER: Maria Finitzo
CAST: Daphne Zuniga, Michael Hogan, Debra Mooney
RUNTIME: 1:18:00
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English

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