Filmmaker James Smith spends a year documenting the lives of his eccentric Massachusetts parents as age and health issues challenge the routines and existence they know so well. The resulting film, My Name Is Smith, is a fascinating document of the struggles and triumphs of many other American families—the Smiths must come to terms with disappointing careers, alcohol abuse, religious fundamentalism, obesity, and shattered ideals. However, the true revelation is the humor and grace with which the film’s subjects face their trials, resulting in a beautiful, sensitive portrayal of commitment, love, and infectious optimism.
The film’s poignant moments, complicated relationships, and unique characters blend together to create a colorful, humorous portrait of the present, illuminated by surprising revelations from the past. The filmmaker’s observations ultimately reveal an unlikely discovery—an all-American love story like no other you’ve seen before.
Austin Film Festival – October 21-28 – Austin, TX