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Synopsis: As Riley’s grandmother nears death and her unsupportive mother fails her again, she must find her own path using the lessons of her grandmother’s cooking.





Run Time

16 minutes


Zuzu Weingart (Riley)
Lily Weingart (Young Lily)
Beth Ann Kennedy (Nana)
Jenna Ciralli (Babs)

Produced by

Alexa Alberda

Executive Producer

Chris & Kelly Murray


Logan Kern

Director's Statement

TOUCH is a short film about the power of love and how we pass that on from one generation to the next. Riley and her grandmother, Nana, always had a special relationship, mostly centered around baking. Riley’s mother, Babs, never understood this connection, nor had much in common with her daughter. When Nana is put into hospice, Babs tries to help Riley accept that Nana will not be around forever. Riley’s whole world is thrown into doubt, but when she finds a mysterious recipe at Nana’s bakery, it creates an opportunity for the three generations of women to forgive past wrongs.

Director's Bio

Cat Dale is a writer and director. Her recent work includes her award-winning scripts, MOUNT PLEASANT (winner of the ScreenCraft Pilot Launch, Featured Script on The Black List, and second-round for the Sundance Episodic Lab), and co-written script BEASTS UNDISCOVERED (Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist & is being made with the Jim Henson Creature Shop & Myriad Pictures). Her two award-winning short films (RUBBER & GLUE and WILDCAT) have screened both nationally and internationally, and is currently in post-production on her third film. Most recently, she participated in The Black List & Studio Canal CANNESFILM UNLIMITED writing residency and is currently developing two features, WILDCAT and OBSCURE, PLAIN, & LITTLE. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin MFA in Screenwriting, she is currently a professor at Montana State University where she adores working with her students in film production.

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