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ABOUT THE FILM

What do two film-obsessed brothers do to solve a family mystery? Using every video format imaginable, they make a movie as they travel thousands of miles looking for their missing mom.

Stitching together 25 years of home videos and filling the gaps in the archive with play, SAM NOW is a mosaic of love, longing and loss, as well as an attempt to overcome intergenerational trauma.

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An Extraordinary Film 25 Years in the Making

What happens when a boy and his brother go on a road trip in search of their missing mom?

Filming on nearly every camera format imaginable over a 25-year period, from hand-developed Super 8 film to Arri 4K, Sam Harkness and his older half brother Reed employ their creative world of fiction filmmaking to dive headfirst into dealing with the issue at hand: Sam’s mom is missing. Sam’s wetsuit and mask wearing alter ego, the Blue Panther, bounds into frame with youthful energy and a heroic spirit of adventure. But can the Blue Panther save the day? Solving the mystery of Sam’s mother’s disappearance is only the beginning of their story.

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“Sensitive and surprising… a film whose emotional reality seems to evolve before your eyes… Observantly edited, the movie mingles the perspectives of many family members without casting judgment, developing an aching poignancy that recalls recent family dramas like AFTERSUN and RETURN TO SEOUL… a mature reckoning with love, hurt, independence, and hard-won wisdom.”

— Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

“I think in everyone’s youth, there’s at least one pivotal something, that for whatever reason shapes who we are. It haunts us, but it can make us stronger.”

— Reed Harkness

“I think in everyone’s youth, there’s at least one pivotal something, that for whatever reason shapes who we are. It haunts us, but it can make us stronger.”

— Reed Harkness

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