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Matter of Time

Matter of Time

In 2007, musician Kathryn Calder (of The New Pornographers) is touring the world with one of Canada’s biggest indie rock bands when her family receives devastating news: her mother, Lynn, has two to three years left to live. She has ALS. Kathryn learns that ALS is a progressive, paralyzing disease, with no treatment or cure. A terminal illness requiring full time care. She consequently decides to return to her childhood home, committed to being her mom’s primary caregiver through the final months of her life. The foundation of Lynn and Kathryn’s bond goes beyond mother and daughter—they share a love of music. Lynn, a former piano teacher, has always dreamed of seeing her daughter in the spotlight, singing her own songs. Inspired to make something beautiful amidst the grief and trauma of this long, painful goodbye, Kathryn transforms the living room of their house into a studio. With her mother in bed just down the hall and her condition worsening every day, Kathryn will fill the house with music and make a record—her first solo album—a parting gift for her biggest fan. A Matter of Time is a heart-breaking yet hopeful documentary that examines the power of love and music, and the inspiration, salvation, and possibility that occurs when these two forces intersect with the most challenging moment in a young musician’s life.

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Main credits

Cohen, Casey (film director)
Cohen, Casey (film producer)
Cohen, Casey (screenwriter)
Stotland, Matthew (film producer)
Huculiak, Josh (videographer)
Mathewson, Alec (editor of moving image work)
Calder, Kathryn (interviewee)
Calder, Kathryn (performer)
Calder, Kathryn (composer)
Newman, A. C. (interviewee)
Calder, Andrew (interviewee)
Thurier, Blaine (interviewee)

Other credits

Editor, Alec Mathewson; Director of photography, Josh Huculiak; original music by Kathryn Calder.

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Distributor subjects

Canada, Death and Dying, Healthcare, Medicing and Nursing, Grief and Recovery, Religion and Spirtuality, Perfroming Arts, Longterm Care, Family Issues, Aging, Illness, Disease and Disorder


New Pornographers, Canada, Death and Dying, Facing Death, ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Primary Care Giver; "Matter of Time"; First Run Features