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    Posted June 24, 2014 by
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    Indie Film Director Dedicates His First Short Film To His Estranged Daughter

    Last Day With Lizzy tells the story of Mark, a troubled father who longs to rebuild a relationship with his distant daughter Elizabeth. While spending one last day together, Mark slowly comes to terms with a devastating past and the realization that something is not quite right with his teenage daughter.

    Through powerful performances and a script that touches on loss, grief and the power of letting go, this dramatic short film from first time writer/director, Matt Duhamel, is a must see for the family.

    This is a short description of Matt Duhamel's first short film titled, "Last Day With Lizzy", which is gaining a lot of attention for its emotional themes on forgiveness, letting go, and second chances. The film speaks to parents that may have lost a child to death, divorce or estrangement. In fact, the indie short film is symbolic for Duhamel's relationship with his teenage daughter, Maddie.

    "I have not seen or spoken to my daughter since 2007 due to some stupid mistakes I chose to make. I hope she will see this film in hopes that it will open a conversation about our relationship, or lack thereof."

    The film that was shot in only 12 hours near Salt Lake City, has already won awards including an Official Selection category with the Shorts Showcase in Rancho Mirage, California. In addition, the film won the Short of the Month Award for best director and best male character going to actor Clinton Coltrin (Mark). Duhamel has plans for more film festival submissions including the Logan Film Festival, Petaluma Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, and other online contests and awards. He hopes that his first short film is able to not only entertain, but can create discussions on parent child relationships, feelings of grief, loss, and hope.

    Duhamel is currently working on a documentary about the power of forgiveness where he courageously admits his past mistakes with a life coach. He also features other personal stories of forgiveness and includes a variety of interview with doctors, teachers and authors. Duhamel took a recent trip to Portland, OR where he interviewed, Naseem Rakha, the author of the "Crying Tree", a novel exploring the death penalty and forgiveness through the lens of our justice system. Duhamel plans to release his second documentary (What Makes Me Tic?, his first) in January, 2015.

    For more information, please visit http://www.metamorafilms.org You can also watch "Last Day With Lizzy" for free at: https://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=uwvBs_dkS34
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