After a decade of short film and installation work, filmmaker (and choreographer) Sarah Friedland danced into her feature film debut and has been in post for a significant part of 2023. Featured as part of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2023 and selected for the 2023 batch of U.S. in Progress at the American Film Festival in Wroclaw participants, Familiar Touch was perhaps an amalgamation of her previous creative items plus working with and in care facilities for the elderly. We learned that she was an assistant to Steve McQueen, Kelly Reichardt and veteran American indie producer Mike S. Ryan, her debut is backed by indie producers Matthew Thurm and Alexandra Byer.
Gist: Described as a coming of (old) age film. It follows an octogenarian woman’s transition to life in assisted living as she contends with her conflicting desires and self-narratives amidst her shifting age identity and memory.
Production Co./Producers: Matthew Thurm and Alexandra Byer.