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Great Photo, Lovely Life
Photojournalist Amanda Mustard returns home to Pennsylvania to investigate the sexual abuse crimes committed by her grandfather. A visual whirlwind of memories from her family’s archive unravels a world of secrets through interviews, photographs and home movies. An eight-year cinematic journey, "Great Photo, Lovely Life" chronicles a granddaughter’s attempt to disrupt a cycle of intergenerational trauma through the voices of the survivors and her grandfather himself.
Screening day / time
  • Oct 21 (Sat): Block 4 – 2:30pm
  • Oct 26-29: NOT AVAILABLE during Virtual Encore

Great Photo, Lovely Life

Running Time
Feature Film
112 minutes
Documentary, Feature

Great Photo, Lovely Life

Filmed over the course of eight years and told from the unique perspective of both survivors and perpetrator, Great Photo, Lovely Life is a powerful portrait of intergenerational trauma, redemption and the corrosiveness of family secrets. A unique documentary for the unexpectedly direct and unflinching way it explores family tragedy and sexual assault, it places Mustard at its heart as she takes on the role of filmmaker, journalist, mediator, sister, daughter and healer. As a result, the film is less concerned with what took place than on the dangers of unexpressed anger and the devastating impact of remaining silent.

Features original scoring by Dan Deacon (Mustard played the marimba on the score) and animation direction by Charlie Tyrell of My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes.

*Available in-person only.

Film details
Year(s) screened
  • 2023
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Festival screenings
Screening Day / Time
  • Oct 21 (Sat): Block 4 – 2:30pm
  • Oct 26-29: NOT AVAILABLE during Virtual Encore
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