TAKEN IN is a handmade feature film about a man who must spend a weekend alone with his estranged teenage daughter at a roadside resort. It is here that Simon and Brooklyn must confront the issues that have driven them apart, and ultimately choose how they will move forward...together or alone.

TAKEN IN was written and directed by personal filmmaker, Chris White. It was made entirely with cash and in-kind contributions from friends and family. The story (co-written with his wife Emily), was inspired by Chris’ theatre work with students at a therapeutic boarding school. The film is dedicated to his own teenage daughter, Gibson.

TAKEN IN was filmed at South of the Border, Dillon SC USA in the Spring of 2011.

13 July 2011

Stammering & Stuttering

How do you step away from something as consuming as making a feature film? Not just when is it done...when is it finished...but, when does the project become personal history instead of active?

I've lived with TAKEN IN...in a very intense way for half a year now. As I reflect on the journey (the last four and a half months documented daily here), I am grateful. I'm proud. I'm...fulfilled and satisfied. The project was exactly what it promised to be. It surprised and delighted me in ways I hadn't expected, and the ways in which it did not succeed were slight.

At the time of its release (two days from today) I am, in many ways, more excited about the film than when I began. But utterly convinced its time to move forward...on to the next film.

Maybe the lesson...the rule of thumb to take away from this process is this: the project becomes history when it can finally stand alone, without me propping it up. Like a child stammering and stuttering into adulthood, eventually they are—for better and worse—a grown-up.

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