Family Portrait

It’s a rare experience to have lived formative years on a commune and to be the daughter of its leaders

A canvas for seeking, of memory; piercing through time with new energy, FAMILY PORTRAIT is a personal documentary by Canadian filmmaker Liz Marshall. In the late 1960s, during an era of social and political re-imagining, Marshall’s father and mother, Grainger and Diane, were at the centre of a Toronto-based communitarian movement of baby boomers. In 1971 the community co-purchased Midian Farm as a back-to-the-land social experiment, but its utopian vision eventually collapsed. The end of their marriage and the fall of the farm left a resounding residue, a hangover from hope. More than four decades later Liz Marshall stitches together a visually immersive treasure trove of archives and dips between memory and current day reflection to understand and put to rest a transformative piece of family history.

Written and Directed by Liz Marshall
Produced by Liz Marshall
Edited by
 Liz Marshall, Mike Munn
Assistant Editor Ellen DesRues
Cinematography by
 Liz Marshall, John Price, Justin Lovell
Music by Ken Whiteley
Production Coordinator Nathalie Klinck
Post-Production Technical Supervisor David Bitton
Sound Editor, Mixer Ryan Wibowo
Location Sound Recordists Peter Sawade, Mike Filippov, Chris Miller

(2017, 42:00)
Nominated for the 2017 York University Thesis Prize. Made at Cinema & Media Arts MFA,York University 2017. Supported by The Susan Crocker and John Hunkin Award in the Fine Arts, and Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Produced by LizMars Productions.