Kathryn Calder's Experiences as ALS Caregiver Documented with 'A Matter of Time' Film
Published Jun 18, 2013Kathryn Calder's solo debut, 2010's Are You My Mother?, was inspired by tragic circumstances, as the New Pornographers member became a full-time caregiver after her mother was diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative neuromuscular disease often known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Soon, that experience will be chronicled with a documentary called A Matter of Time, although the filmmakers must first raise the funds necessary to complete the project.
The film's Kickstarter campaign notes that Calder moved into her childhood home in Victoria, BC, where she converted the living room into a studio and began recording "a parting gift for her biggest fan." The flick is said to be "an inspirational story about courage in the face of disease. It's about letting difficult experiences meet artistic impulses and making a positive difference through music."
The film centres on a concert that took place on July 4 (Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day) of last year at the "Old Town" exhibit in Victoria's Royal BC Museum. Guests from the New Pornographers and Calder's former band, Immaculate Machine, were involved.
Watch a trailer for A Matter of Time below. It includes interview clips with doctors and New Pornographer members.
Filming for A Matter of Time is complete and a rough cut is done, but the filmmakers need $50,000 in order to finish it and release it. Go to Kickstarter in order to see how the money will be used and also to learn about the incentives that you will receive for contributing.