Press Kit

Director - Kimberly Reed
Run Time - 86 minutes
Language -English
Format - HDCAM, DigiBeta, Blu-ray; color/b&w, stereo/Dolby-E
Year - 2008
Genre - Documentary

Returning home to a small town in Montana for her high school reunion, filmmaker Kimberly Reed hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother, Marc. But along the way she uncovers stunning revelations, including his blood relationship with Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, intense sibling rivalries and unforeseeable twists of plot and gender that force them to face challenges no one could imagine.

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Best Documentary Jury Prize at NewFest, and Special Jury Prizes for Fearless Filmmaking at the Florida Film Festival and Bravery in Storytelling at the Nashville Film Festival, Prodigal Sons is a raw and provocative examination of one family’s struggle to come to terms with its past and present.

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“DO NOT READ ANYTHING ABOUT PRODIGAL SONS. AND DO NOT MISS IT.”

—Michael Tully, Hammer to Nail

“DO NOT MISS THIS FILM! COMPELLINGLY UNIVERSAL”

—David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

“FASCINATING ... SEE IT!”

—A.O. Scott, At The Movies

“'Prodigal Sons' is filled with revelations.”

—New York Times Critics Pick

“ONE OF THE VERY BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR, WHICHEVER YEAR IT BELONGS TO... THIS IS A MOVIE THAT EVERYONE SHOULD SEE”

—Nathaniel Rogers, Towleroad

“ONE OF THE STRANGEST, MOST HEARTBREAKING DOCS YOU'LL SEE THIS YEAR”

—NY Magazine Critics Pick

“BRAVE, UNFLINCHING FILM”

—Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

“AMAZING ... UNIQUE ... BRACING”

—Todd McCarthy, Chief Critic, Variety

“WOW, WOW... STUNNING, JAW DROPPING”

—Lisa Derrick, FireDogLake

“THIS IS A FILM NOT EASILY FORGOTTEN... TOUCH(ES) UPON THE VERY ESSENSE OF HUMAN IDENTITY”

—Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

“"A WORK OF GENIUS! Prodigal Sons is made with elegance and passion and a searing honesty that can very nearly break one's heart."”

—Andrew Solomon, author of Noonday Demon & Far From the Tree

“DEFINITELY AMONG THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES I'VE SEEN IN YEARS”

—Rick Moody, Details Magazine

“EXCEPTIONAL”

—Village Voice

“I SAW A FILM I CAN'T GET OUT OF MY HEAD”

—David Thomson, Guardian, Author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

“HARROWING AND UNFORGETTABLE”

—David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

“TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION... NEVER RESORTS TO EXPLOITATION”

—V.A. Musetto, New York Post

“A POIGNANT TALE WITH VIVID DETAILS”

—Mark Jenkins, NPR

“FEARLESSLY REAL AND AFFECTING... AS INVOLVING AS ANY CINEMATIC FICTION”

—Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies

“RENDER(S) REAL LIFE WITH THE TENSION AND THEMATIC DEPTH OF GREAT DRAMA”

—The A.V. Club

“COMPELLING AND THOROUGHLY CAPTIVATING”

—Jennifer Merin, About.Com

“THIS IS ONE POWERFUL FILM... TOP-NOTCH”

—Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film

“A CONSISTENTLY GENEROUS FILM”

—Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail

“JAM-PACKED EXPERIENCE THAT'S A JOY TO BEHOLD”

—Ray Pride, Newcity Film

“PACKS A WALLOP YOU WON'T SOON FORGET”

—Aaron Barnhart, Kansas City Star

“THESE ARE CHARACTERS THAT, ONCE KNOWN, ARE DIFFICULT TO LIVE WITHOUT”

—Gone Cinema Poaching

“KIMBERLY REED HAS STRUCK GOLD”

—David Kempler, Big Picture Big Sound

News

A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips say "See It!" of PRODIGAL SONS on "At the Movies."   At the Movies>>

Michael O'Sullivan calls PRODIGAL SONS "brave and unflinching."   The Washington Post>>

PRODIGAL SONS deals beautifully with “the politics of childhood, and the universal desire to be loved by one’s family.” -- Daily City Orlando blog

Reed’s directorial feature debut is “a unique and rare example of POV.” -- Cameron Koller, AFI Fest’s Daily News

Kimberly Reed is one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2007   Filmmaker Magazine>>

"One of the highlights of the 35th Telluride Film Festival." -- Gary Giddins   NY Sun>>

"I saw a film I can't get out of my head." -- David Thomson   The Guardian>>

"Everyone should see this movie... This one could be life-changing."   As Little as Possible Blog>>

"One of the surprise audience faves at the fest" -- Cinematical

"This film will fascinate inquisitive viewers on multiple levels." -- Todd McCarthy, Chief Film Critic   Variety>>

"Only a few stood out as being of serious quality...PRODIGAL SONS galvanized audiences" -- Todd McCarthy, Chief Film Critic   Variety>>

"Hailed by Telluride Film Festival organizers as one of the discoveries of this year's festival." -- Eugene Hernandez   IndieWIRE>>

"A family that is far from perfect but perfect from far. It's a documentary with great integrity." -- Maurice Cohen   SBCC Film Reviews>>

"This is a film that defines guerilla filmmaking." -- LA Cinema Youth

"There's a lot of America that would benefit from realizing how much this family resembles their own." -- Moriarty   Ain't It Cool>>

"An unwavering portrait of her own family." -- Peter Knegt   IndieWIRE>>

"[An] incredible story . . . a really focused look at sibling dynamics, which we can all empathise with." -- Harry Byford   The Independent>>

Critic's Choice/Pick of the Day in seven major UK outlets : Guardian, Daily Mail, The Times, Observer, The Herald, Daily Record, What's on TV.

"If you're going to see only one documentary this year . . . find a screening of Kimberly Reed's moving family memoir." -- Danny Miller   Jew Eat Yet?>>

"A Hidden Gem" -- Lisa Kennedy   Denver Post>>

Palm Springs Film Fest Features Exciting LGBT Lineup.   glaadBlog>>

"Watch for it. It hasn't gotten a distributor yet, but it is powerful!" -- Gary Meyer, Best Films of 2008   KQED Radio Forum>>

PRODIGAL SONS one of "Five Undistributed Gems" of 2008! -- Eugene Hernandez, Editor-in-Chief   IndieWIRE>>

AFI film fest Red Carpet interview with director/producer Kimberly Reed and producer/DP John Keitel.   RealTVFilms>>

Shaz Bennett's Best Films of 2008 selects PRODIGAL SONS.   Hungover Mormon>>

PRODIGAL SONS is one of Five Reasons to Take in the Boulder Int'l film festival.   West Word>>

PRODIGAL SONS in What Not to Miss at the Big Sky Documentary film festival.   New West>>

Montana Filmmaker Comes Out: director Kimberly Reed interviewed for Montana premiere.   Big Sky Documentary Film Festival>>

True/False film festival - director Kimberly Reed interviewed.   Columbia Tribune>>

PRODIGAL SONS makes for Non-fiction Crack: True/False Feeds Doc Junkies.   IndieWIRE>>

"PRODIGAL SONS looks at the complications of memory, identity, family love, and violence with sharp sight and unflinching tenderness."   October Country>>

PRODIGAL SONS a highlight of the Cleveland Int'l Film Fest.   IndieWIRE>>

The Truth is the Truth! PRODIGAL SONS is "a beauty of a film."   Still In Motion>>

PRODIGAL SONS goes to Thessaloniki, Greece.   IndieWIRE>>

Florida Film Festival hosts PRODIGAL SONS in competition.   IndieWIRE>>

PRODIGAL SONS selected to travel on theatrical tour in Athens.   Still In Motion>>

PRODIGAL SONS takes home FIPRESCI prize in Thessaloniki!   FIPRESCI>>

“Jaw-dropping and intimate" -- Kim Reed wins a Special Jury Award for Fearless Filmmaking at the 18th Annual Florida Film Festival.   IndieWIRE>>

“The film that got Nicole Kidman and her hubby [Keith Urban] here . . . She chose well.”   Film Experience Blog @ '09 Nashville Film Festival>>

“Cream of the festival crop”   Towleroad>>

“You will never think of Rosebud the same way again.” -- Ed Gonzalez   The Village Voice>>

“Not to be missed . . . this documentary proves to be a masterpiece study of sibling rivalry.” -- Alexis Whitam   Frameline>>

“Not to be missed . . . The Montana dust she kicks up clears the air for a reckoning that hits close to home for many of us.” -- The Bay Times

“An example of superb documentary filmmaking”   San Fransisco Chronicle>>

Frameline Volunteers honor PRODIGAL SONS with a $2,500 grant   Frameline33>>

Neal Schindler explores mental illness in John Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under the Influence” and Kimberly Reed’s PRODIGAL SONS.   Seattle International Film Festival Report>>

PRODIGAL SONS wins jury prize for Best Feature Length Documentary at Newfest ‘09   IndieWIRE>>

“An unexpected side trip into cinematic history [that] expands into a larger vision of identity, inheritance and the inscrutable vagaries of fate.” -- Sky Sitney, SILVERDOCS

Director Kimberly Reed wins "Special Jury Prize for Bravery in Filmmaking"   Nashville Film Festival, 2009>>

'09 Florida Film Festival Award Winner, Kimberly Reed, talks to Brian Quain   Before You Submit>>

“PRODIGAL SONS is never less than compelling viewing.” -- Kilian Melloy   EDGE Philadelphia>>

The Advocate names Kimberly Reed one of Outfest's "Five Filmmakers to Watch"

Neil Broverman interviews Kimberly Reed on the making of PRODIGAL SONS.   The Advocate>>

“It’s one of the most acclaimed documentaries of 2009 and . . . one of the most admired and buzzed about films at this festival.” -- Bryan Stamp   IndieWIRE>>

A week before GAZE begins, Kimberly Reed talks to Declan Cashin about PRODIGAL SONS.   The Independent in Ireland>>

Cian Smyth, program director of GAZE, picks the “already hugely praised” PRODIGAL SONS as a personal favorite.   The Irish Times>>

“A tale of strength and courage” -- Aussie Glenn Dunks   Stale Popcorn>>

“PRODIGAL SONS is the best documentary I have seen this year, and that’s saying something.” -- Lou Mindar, The Documentary Film Blog

“She’s a true artist—blessed by talent, cursed by biology, with only her self-awareness to guide her.” -- Michal Oleszczyk   Last Seat on the Right>>

Helena Prodigal Son Returning as Woman -- Martin Kidston   Independent Record>>

“The most amazing examination of sibling rivalry I’ve ever seen on film.” -- Margaret Murray   Creative Loafing>>

“Not to be missed, this documentary proves to be a masterpiece of sibling rivalry.” -- Tom Avila   Metro Weekly>>

“A film so surprising, it has to be real.” -- Guy Dixon   The Globe and Mail>>

“The [Viennale] jury says, ‘If you only are going to see one documentary this year, it should be this film.’” -- Sonia Neufeld

“Kimberly Reed’s PRODIGAL SONS is definitely among the best documentaries I’ve seen in years.” -- Rick Moody   magnetmagazine.com>>

PRODIGAL SONS named best unreleased film of 2009.

New York Magazine CRITICS' PICK!   New York Magazine>>

Dr. Laura Berman, of Oprah Radio, interviews Kimberly Reed about gender identity issues, being trangendered, and PRODIGAL SONS.

Kimberly Reed featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.   The Oprah Winfrey Show>>

"Marvelous" -- Michael Koresky   indieWIRE>>

Interview of Kimberly Reed, director of PRODIGAL SONS   Filmmaker Magazine>>

"Unflinching" 3 1/2 stars -- Ed Schied

"Unforgettable"

New York Times' selects PRODIGAL SONS as Critic's Pick.   New York Times>>

"An engrossing, unpredictable, often heartbreaking family-drama documentary" -- Gerald Peary

A "harrowing and unforgettable film"   San Francisco Chronicle>>

V.A. Musetto gives PRODIGAL SONS 3 out of 4 stars.   New York Post>>

"Best LGBT Character of the Film Year"   Towleroad >>

"A poignant tale with vivid details."   NPR>>

Fearlessly real and affecting... As involving as any cinematic fiction" -- Sean Axmaker

PRODIGAL SONS is "Compelling and thoroughly captivating"

"A compelling and sensational real life story" 3 out of 4 stars   The Globe and Mail>>

"A joy to behold," says Ray Pride.   Newcity Film>>

PRODIGAL SONS "packs a wallop you won't soon forget" says Aaron Barnhart

"In an era of pop documentaries... PRODIGAL SONS is a near-profound palate cleanser."   The Projection Booth Blog>>

"Remarkable... Talk about a sleeper"

"Kimberly Reed has struck gold." 3.5 out of 4 stars!   David Kempler>>

"Bottom line, this is a great documentary. It couldn't be better if it was scripted and planned! Absolutely loved it and I highly recommend."   DVD Legion>>

PRODIGAL SONS gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from Erin Donovan of Greencine.

PRODIGAL SONS is nominated for the Chlotrudis Award for Best Documentary! "This is one powerful film, and I highly recommend it."   Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film>>

SLANT Magazine includes PRODIGAL SONS in their Top 25 Films of 2010!   SLANT Magazine>>

"When they're as well-crafted and intense as Kimberly Reed's Prodigal Sons, these 'I have a story' docs render real life with the tension and thematic depth of great drama."   The A.V. Club>>

New York Magazine - CRITICS PICK! "One of the strangest, most heartbreaking docs you'll see this year."   New York Magazine>>

PRODIGAL SONS gets a nomination for the GLAAD Media Award.   GLAAD>>

Cinema Eye nominates PRODIGAL SONS for 'Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film.'   Cinema Eye Honors>>

PRODIGAL SONS is "a film not easily forgotten"   Los Angeles Times>>