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Synopsis: Available June 13th Only!

Donna has recently been convicted of “Driving While Impaired” and is ordered to perform community service at the local animal shelter. When an elderly dog is scheduled to be euthanized, Donna decides to take tog home and quickly realizes his companionship can ease her loneliness. In a futile attempt to fill the emptiness she feels, Donna begins to take home more and more animals and she is soon in over her head. All of the performers in Murmur, including the lead Shan MacDonald, are non-professionals. Although there was a script written for the film, none of the dialogue was scripted. The film was shot “real” locations such as an animal shelter and a nail salon, both open to the public with the staff going about their daily routines while filming took place. This helped create a documentary-like situation. Winner, Narrative Feature Grand Jury prize, Slamdance Film Festival.

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85 minutes


Shan MacDonald
Andria Edwards

Directed by

Heather Young

Produced by

Martha Cooley
Heather Young

Edited by

Heather Young

Director's Statement

I began to develop the idea for Murmur after completing the short film Howard and Jean in 2014, a documentary/fiction hybrid about my mother and her relationship with her elderly chihuahua. That film told the story of an older woman who begins to experience severe anxiety and isolates herself inside her small apartment. With no one else to turn to she relies on the constant companionship of her small dog for her comfort and social outlet. After that film, I began … to develop the story of a woman who has made mistakes in her life that have severed her connections to family and friends, and in an acute state of loneliness, she turns to animals for companionship. However, her strong desire for connection remains unsatisfied, so she begins acquiring more and more pets in a futile attempt to fill the void, becoming a budding animal hoarder in the process.

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