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32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide Directed
Hope Litoff USA / 2017 / 86 minutes New York Premiere
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Hope Litoff
How do you deal with the material objects left behind when you lose someone you love? Gifted photographer and artist Ruth Litoff, plagued by a lifetime of mental illness, committed suicide in 2008. It took her sister Hope six years to empty the packed storage bin. "I feel like I've trapped her in there," says Hope.
In an intimate, riveting and brutally honest film that delicately balances art and mental illness, director Hope Litoff — obsessed with the need to understand her sister's madness and struggling with the guilt of not being able to save her — organizes the vast collection of exquisite photographs that share space with mountains of prescription medicines, journals, and stuffed animals. Nearly devoured by her own demons, Hope works tirelessly to fulfill her sister's final wish: that her work be seen by the world. 32 Pills is an extraordinary piece of filmmaking, beseeching us to empathize with Hope as she faces this daunting task. — Barbara Pokras, ACE
BIO: Hope Litoff, director, is a 20-year veteran film editor. 32 Pills is her directorial debut. She began her career assisting filmmakers such as Ken Burns and Stephen Ives on The West, as well as Miss America, dir Lisa Ades (PBS) and Blue Vinyl, dir. Judith Helfand and Dan Gold (HBO). She went on to edit such verite projects as: Keeper Of The Cohen, dir. David Gaynes College Boys Live, dir. George O'Donnell and Seeing Sally, dir. Peter Goodman, all of which played in multiple film festivals. Her television credits include Chasing The Crown (We), The Well Seasoned Traveler, dir. George Billard (A&E), and Indie Sex, dir. Lisa Ades (IFP). She lives and works in New York City.
Executive Producer(s): Sheila Nevins for HBO, Dan Cogan, Regina K. Scully
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