SUMMIT, NJ - Filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum will screen her documentary 'Look at Us Now, Mother!' at the Summit Library on November 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Directly following the film's showing, Kirschenbaum will give insight into what motivated her to make a very personal documentary that explores her complicated relationship with her mother and how, as an adult, she and her mother eventually repaired their relationship and became close friends and travel companions in the process.
Kirschenbaum will also take questions from the audience.
Convinced as a young girl that she must have been adopted, Kirschenbaum recounts how her relationship with her mother was dramatically different from the relationship her mother had with her two brothers. Growing up, her mother would often criticize her appearance—to the point that Kirschenbaum eventually got a nose job in high school at her mother’s urging.
At age 16, the filmmaker got into university and moved away from home where she thrived and developed her artistic skills, eventually becoming a TV producer and filmmaker. She made a short film, 'My Nose', at which point she realized that learning to understand and love a critical parent was important for her own growth and acceptance.
She took to filming 'Look at Us Now, Mother!', meant to explore her complex relationship with her mother, and it was during the filming that Kirschenbaum’s father died. Her father’s death became the spark for a different relationship with her mother, and they packed up and traveled the world together, becoming closer and repairing their damaged relationship.
Kirschenbaum has become a motivational speaker, teaching others how they can repair dysfunctional family relationships by using her own experience as a starting point.
The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street.