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April 29: Fresh Docs Series Screens “A Sense of the Fitness of Things”

A film still from Lisa Sorg's "A Sense of the Fitness of Things"

A film still from Lisa Sorg’s “A Sense of the Fitness of Things”

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Lisa Sorg’s A Sense of the Fitness of Things. (View trailer.) The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker(s) will be held, during which the audience provides valuable feedback. 

Note: Fresh Docs screenings are free, but attendees must RESERVE A TICKET via Eventbrite. 

A Sense of the Fitness of Things
Friday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina

Don Byrne, his wife and two young children live on a rural Chatham County, North Carolina, farmstead without indoor plumbing or electricity. As part of his meditative life, Don handcrafts pine coffins: “When I set out to make a coffin, I try to donate one breath to the intention of making something that’s worthy of the person who will use it.” In the film, that person is ninety-year-old Sarah Overton Partridge, who is in the final stage of Alzheimer’s. Sarah’s daughter, Ann, struggles with the sadness of her mother’s decline but also welcomes her death as a release from suffering. As Don works to finish the coffin before Sarah’s death, both families confront the mystery and pain of impermanence.

Lisa Sorg is a journalist, editor, documentary filmmaker, and photographer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Indiana University in 1992 and a Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in 2010. While at CDS, she directed, produced, and edited three shorts: That Rockin’ Motion, The Pink House, and Winged Invasion, the latter of which screened at the Strange Beauty Film Festival and AliceFest. Since 1994, Sorg has won more than thirty awards for her work in news, features, public interest and investigative reporting, commentary, food, profile writing, and sports. She served as the editor of the INDY for eight years, and now writes for the hyperlocal news outlet, BullCityRising.com, plus The Durham News and Coastal Review Online. She is also a contributing editor at Our State magazine. Originally from Indiana, she has lived with her husband, Dennis, in Durham since 2006. In her “spare” time, she photographs weird scenes, items, and notes on the street, then features them on her blog, 36degreeslatitude.org.

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