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Directed by Emma Thatcher
Narrative Feature
USA | 87 min | 2022

A self-destructive ex-Mormon finds out her abusive father is on his deathbed and road trips to Utah to reckon with her past.

“RELATIVE Q&A with Wendy Robie (TWIN PEAKS), Clare Cooney, Emily Lape, Melissa DuPrey and More!”

Cinema Femme Magazine

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SCREEN Magazine

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Chicago Reader

“A Family is at a Crossroads in Exclusive Trailer for Michael Glover Smith’s RELATIVE”

The Film Stage

I’ve always been skeptical of the phrase “dysfunctional family” since all families would seem dysfunctional if one were able to observe them closely enough. In creating RELATIVE, my goal was to contrive a scenario that would allow me to lift the veil on the complex bonds that exist between members of a modern American family — showing the deep love and affection between them on the one hand and the resentments and jealousies roiling just under the surface on the other. I also wanted to capture the inherent sadness of how families evolve and ultimately “disintegrate” (to quote Fran Guinan’s character) over time.

RELATIVE asks what it means to be a parent, a child, a brother, a sister. While my previous three films deal with romantic relationships between characters in their 20s and 30s, RELATIVE primarily examines parent-child relationships and sibling bonds across three generations of the same family. I strove to stretch myself as a writer/director by creating characters of diverse ages and tried to mine each of their lives for emotional and psychological truth. Thanks to the best ensemble cast with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working, I believe the end result shows, in a manner that I hope is universal and timeless, both the difficulties and the rewards that come with being a relative.

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Provo - Emma ThatcherEmma Thatcher

I’m a Chicago based filmmaker, actor, and photographer. After studying acting at NYU, I began producing, writing, directing, and editing my own work. I’ve made dozens of short films, including “Soomin”, which won the Audience Award at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival.

I love my Provo crew, my sisters, country music, and the Western Sublime.

Film Information

Director: Emma Thatcher
Country: USA
Year: 2022
Language: English
Runtime: 87 min
Rated: R


Writer: Emma Thatcher
Producers: Sarah Franke
Executive Producer: Sophie Thatcher, Ruby Que

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