Run Time: 76 minutes
There’s an empty chair in the sunlight, surrounded by shadows. Filmmaker Kathy Leichter will never stop missing the light and dark presence of her gifted mother Nina, who took her life by jumping out of a window in the family’s New York apartment. Nina, who suffered from bipolar disorder, accomplished beautiful things in her lifetime: she was an educational leader, an artist, a loving mother to two bright children, and the helpmate to her husband Franz, a State Senator whose own mother, an Austrian feminist, was murdered by the Nazis. Sixteen years after Nina’s death, Kathy begins to gently free herself from her mother’s grip by fashioning HERE ONE DAY, an emotionally raw yet delicate tribute. Nina has passed many things on to Kathy, including her physical appearance and her poetic soul. In a mosaic of home footage, family interviews, and contemplative nature images, Kathy captures her anguish at losing her mother to mental illness, even as she finds a measure of solace in reconstructed memories. – B.B.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 8:45 PM
Women of the World
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Kathy Leichter, Franz Leichter, Josh Leichter, Sally Rosenbaum, Billy Sternberg, Nina Leichter
Kathy Leichter is a documentary film and TV producer and director, fundraising and outreach consultant, media activist, and the founder of Two Suns Media.
A Day's Work, A Day's Pay (2001), HERE ONE DAY (2012)
Two Suns Media
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Cleveland