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Prodigal Sons
A film by Kimberly Reed

86 minutes, color, English, 2009

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Returning home to a small town in Montana for her high school reunion, filmmaker Kimberly Reed hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother, Marc. But along the way she uncovers stunning revelations, including a blood relationship with Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, intense sibling rivalries and unforeseeable twists of plot and gender that forces them to face challenges no one could imagine.

Winner of the FIPRESCI International Film Critics' prize at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival and Special Jury Prize for Fearless Filmmaking at the Florida Film Festival and Bravery in Filmmaking at the Nashville Film Festival, Prodigal Sons is a raw and provocative examination of one family’s struggle to come to terms with its past and present.

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"Superb documentary filmmaking…no one could make this believable if it were fiction."
- David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

"Exceptional…you will never think of Rosebud the same way again." - Ed Gonzalez, Village Voice

"Revealing and moving…not to be missed." - Erica Marcus, Bay Times

"Pretty amazing…takes you to some remarkable places." - Todd McCarthy, Variety

"I saw a film I can’t get out of my head. . . .This documentary is an uncanny, haunting experience." - David Thompson, The Guardian

"A sweeping family saga that spans the globe and uncovers disturbing secrets as well as some remarkable connections…gathers a Shakespearian momentum, and which could make even the stoniest among us weep." - Oxford American

"A work of genius! Prodigal Sons is a remarkable study of family and identity, made with elegance and passion and a searing honesty that can very nearly break one’s heart."
- Andrew Solomon, Author of The Noonday Demon & A Dozen Kinds of Love

"One of the most acclaimed documentaries of 2009." - IndieWire

"Not to be missed." - The Advocate


See details about this film's theatrical run.


Disc Features

●  Short film: Return of "Prodigal Sons" (the director's hometown church invites her back to present the film)
●  Q&A with Author Rick Moody, Jennifer Finney Boylan, audiences and family members
●  "Words from the Family" (hear from Marc, Carol, Todd, Claire and Kim)
●  Closed captioned

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