Family Stories Come to the Big and Small Screens

Opening today in New York City, the documentary film Stories We Tell examines a family mystery about the filmmaker’s mother, who died when she was 11.   Sarah Polley, the writer and director, interviews family members who share their memories.    Mary Jo Murphy writes in the New York Times “But when she assembled her interview subjects, she was interested not in fabrications but in the narratives people invariably stitch together from wisps of memory — and actually believe to be true — to make sense of the events of their lives.”

 

Debuting on May 12 on HBO is the new “mockumentary” series Family Trees by Christopher Guest, the maker of acclaimed – and hilarious — documentary-style films such as Best in Show and This is Spinal Tap.  In Family Trees, the character Tom Chadwick inherits a mysterious box of belongings from an aunt he never met and sets off to investigate his family history.

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