You Handsome Dog (Don't You Ever Die), Directed by Theresa Desautels (Washington) - My grandfather, Tom Watkins, is a 90-year-old harmonica player who lives in a retirement home in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2016, I interviewed him to get his thoughts about the U.S. Presidential elections. When I finally got around to editing the footage in 2020, I found a different story altogether. "You Handsome Dog (Don't You Ever Die)" is the story of an old man who still yearns for his mother, Rose, who died at a young age from Tuberculosis while in a TB sanatorium. It is the story of grief and the transformational beauty that occurs when it's allowed the space to express itself through music, stories, and a little bit of humor. "During a time of global collective grief due to the lives lost to COVID-19, I hope this short film about my grandfather and grief can provide some connection and comfort to those who are seeking it."

Oregon Documentary Film Festival - Winter 2021 Official Selection


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