SYNOPSIS: Mondays at Racine, directed by Cynthia Wade, tells the story of two sisters who open their salon once a month to women diagnosed with cancer. As daughters themselves of a cancer victim, salon owners Rachel and Cynthia provide their community with haircuts, manicures, and pedicures, but also a safe haven for growth, healing, and discovery of inner strength. Wade not only focuses on the health and family struggles that cancer brings to its victims, but the symbolic strength and importance of a woman’s felt beauty that can be both lost and found. Mondays at Racine is an inspiration to those who are victims of cancer as well as those who are not, a beautifully told story of compassion and the will to overcome. –Chandra L. Knotts
Cynthia Wade won the Academy Award in 2008 for her short documentary Freeheld that, besides the Oscar, garnered sixteen film awards worldwide including Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Wade’s 2010 short documentary Born Sweet won seventeen festival awards from festivals including Sundance, Palm Springs, Aspen and Newport. She has directed documentary films for HBO, Cinemax, PBS, IFC and the Sundance Channel. Her 2003 WFF film Shelter Dogs won five festival awards and was broadcasted in seven countries.
Wade holds an MA in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University. She is currently producing a fiction feature based on her documentary Freeheld, starring Ellen Page and screenplay by Ron Nyswaner. Her latest documentary, set in Indonesia, is in production.
Wade was born and raised in the Hudson Valley, Monday's at Racine is her fourth film at WFF.
Cast/Featuring: Rachel Delmolfetto, Cynthia Sansone, Linda Hart, Cambria Russell
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