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In the Tradition of My Family (2006)

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Billy wants a better scar than the one his father gave him.



(screenplay), (short story)
6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Paul Kmiec ...
The Mother
Jason Ferriter ...
Billy at 21
Aunt Elize
Mick Hoegen ...
Uncle Aldus
Aunt Tina
Chris Conte ...
Uncle Jess
Chuck Brinig ...
The Grandfather
Cousin Eldridge (as KC Christian)
Cousin Jeremy
Stephanie Simonoff ...
Cousin Kate
Richard Rogers ...
Cousin Charles
Alexia Rogers ...
Cousin Martha


Billy wants a better scar than the one his father gave him.

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Family scars.


Short | Drama

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15 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Through Line  »

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$43,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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A great short film.
22 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this film at Boston University's Redstone Film Festival and must say that I highly enjoyed it. From the creative opening credits to the compelling and quirky story, I felt as a whole the film was very engaging and thoroughly entertaining.

The story of this family's odd tradition was so well executed that you were completely felt for the protagonist. The fact that the tradition of shooting your son at the age of 13 is so absurd is completely forgotten and made entirely believable through every aspect of the film, including the overall look and feel, the presence of the actors, and even the timbre of the voice-over.

Having also screened it in a screen writing course, I have to say that it is one of the best short films I have seen, and enjoyed it just as much the second time I watched it. I would have liked to see it place higher in the film festival (unfortunately, as a spectator, it was out of my control). If anyone has the chance to view this short work, I highly encourage it.

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