Sam Now

A mother’s disappearance sends pain and mystery through her family. Sam Now looks at her son’s quest for answers — and healing.

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    2022 International Documentary Association (IDA)-Best Editing
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    2022 Zurich Film Festival-Best Documentary
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    2022 Bend Film Festival-Best Documentary
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    2022 Bend Film Festival-Best Editing
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    2022 Santa Cruz Film Festival-Best Feature Documentary
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    2022 Indie Memphis Film Festival-Best Documentary
  • Filmmaker Reed Harkness
    Director/Producer

    Reed Harkness

    Reed Harkness attended film school in his backyard and garage. He is an experienced director and cinematographer for commercial and documentary work, Based in Portland, he most recently directed the award-winning 30-minute documentary Forest on Fire, which is currently in the midst of its festival run.­

    Filmmaker Jason Reid
    Producer/Editor

    Jason Reid

    ­Jason Reid is an award-winning editor, producer and director from Seattle. He directed and produced the Emmy® Award-winning Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai and the Webby Award-winning Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team. He most recently produced and edited Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, which has won 26 awards at film festivals around the world.

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    The Film

    What happens when a boy and his brother go in search of his missing mother? Sam Now is a coming-of-age documentary that follows Sam Harkness from age 11 to 33 as his once-average, middle class Seattle family is heartbroken and unsure of what to do after his mother suddenly abandons them. Through Sam’s 20 year quest for answers, the film explores intergenerational trauma and the relationships of mother to son, mother to family, brother to brother and the turning points of family dysfunction and healing. Woven together with home movies lovingly crafted by Sam’s half brother, director Reed Harkness, we witness a boy grow up grappling with the ripple effects of a singular traumatic event within a modern American family.

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