When his father was diagnosed with lung cancer, Alexander started growing his hair. Four years after his father’s death, he decides that it’s time to cut his hair.
Reflecting on the past and present, Alex reveals that he’s nervous about letting go of something he’s become so comfortable with. His long hair started as a contest between friends, a bet about who could grow it the longest. Alexander’s hair is now long enough to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society.
But before Alex cuts off all his hair, he wants to have a little fun.
He decides to have his hair braided at Bea’s Braiding, a local salon. After a few hours in the chair, he finds that the braids actually suit him. He shows off his new look in a photo shoot organized by his girlfriend and family; it’s a chance for Alex to express his old self and document his long hair one last time.
There’s only one person who can cut Alex’s hair: Jerome Pinsonneault. Jerome occupies a special place in the family; he had cut Alex’s father’s hair for over 30 years. Jerome generously offers to cut Alex’s hair and shape what’s left into a new doo.
For Alexander, his hair represents grief, death, love and family. Confronting his own inner struggles to let it all go symbolizes the end of a long grieving process and opens up a new chapter in his life.
For Dad, With Love
In Memory of John van Olm
1950 - 2014
Alexander van Olm
Dominique van Olm
Cinematography & Edit by
Dominique van Olm
Original score by
Sound Recorded by
Post Production Services
The Farmhouse Creative Labs
Urban Post Productions
John van Olm
Petra van Linschoten
Carina & John
Matt & Jeanette
Carol & Geoff
Odette Irambona & Bea Twumasi
The staff at Bea’s Braiding and Hair Extensions
The porters and staff at The Rockyview Hospital
Jeff Storey & Cafe Beano
Jerome Hair Salon
The Canadian Cancer Society
Danielle Kappy & The FRANK team
Ann Shin & Hannah Donegan
Business Affairs & Legal Services
Goldenberg Nahmias LLP
Arthur J. Gallagher
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© Zone Rouge Productions Inc. 2018
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