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Pruning the Family Tree (2013)

Upon the sudden death of their abusive, philandering patriarch, four damaged women are forced to confront the material and emotional wreckage left in his wake while wryly attempting to put both his remains and his memory to rest.


Fritz Green


Dan Gordon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Renee Michaels ... Ellen Casey-Ferguson
Jeana Farrar Jeana Farrar ... Barbara Casey
Shelby Lynn ... Christy Ferguson
Christy Dawn Little ... Marilyn Casey (as Dawn Christie)
James Bowie James Bowie ... Joe Casey
Donnie Hampton Donnie Hampton ... Paul
Rob Boyd Rob Boyd ... Marilyn's Father
Ladonna Owen Ladonna Owen ... Marilyn's Mother
Anne Reburn Anne Reburn ... Young Marilyn
Micah Weygandt Micah Weygandt ... Young Ellen
Jenna Merrifield Jenna Merrifield ... Young Christy
Isabella Ames Isabella Ames ... Young Barb
Mark Brant Mark Brant ... Tow Truck Larry
Lela Gayle Hills Lela Gayle Hills ... Sylvia Lester
Kevin Mnich Kevin Mnich ... Earnest Bond


Pruning the Family Tree is a black comedy / drama about four women from one family who gather for a funeral and end up showing us that a family's values aren't always what they seem. Joe Casey has just died, and his family has gathered at the Casey house for the upcoming funeral. We first meet Joe's wife of forty years, Marilyn. The marriage between them was motivated by social expectation, not love. In keeping with the tradition in this type of marriage, Marilyn held the family together. Then there's Joe's youngest daughter, Barb. Barb has a slight physical handicap and at age 36 still lives at home. She has grown very dependent on Marilyn, out of habit not necessity. Next is Ellen, Joe's oldest daughter. Ellen left home when, at 18, she got pregnant and married. Since her divorce she has been independent, avoiding commitment and responsibility. Finally, there's Ellen's daughter Christy. Since her parents' divorce Christy has lived with her father, and for the last 10 years she has ... Written by SevenDreams Films

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There's a fine line between burying the past and digging a grave...


Comedy | Drama | Family


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Dawn Christie's father is a Taxidermist. Dawn is a vegetarian. See more »

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very entertaining
6 March 2014 | by jonal-johnsonSee all my reviews

Love this movie,really pleased with it from start to finish.Great talent.I will be telling all my family and friends about this one.I highly recommend it.It has everything a movie should have and more.This film was put together beautifully and very beautifully written.All emotions are involved in this one and you'll find yourself in the characters shoes(so to speak).I also bought this for my mom as well and she really enjoyed it too.This film has won an award at the Trail Dance Movie festival and I must say a well deserved award for sure. I would really love to see this movie hit theaters across this country because I believe a lot of people would love it.It is definitely worth watching.

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Release Date:

3 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA


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$10,000 (estimated)
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SevenDreams Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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