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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.

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For Dad, With Love

In Memory of John van Olm
1950 - 2014

Alexander van Olm
Samantha Morrison
Jerome Pinsonneault

Directed by
Dominique van Olm

Produced by
Darren Snowden

Cinematography & Edit by
Dominique van Olm

Original score by
Dillon Baldassero

Sound Recorded by
Darren Snowden

Michael Grondin

Post Production Services
The Farmhouse Creative Labs
Urban Post Productions

Sound Supervisor
Michelle Hwu

Re-recording mixers
John Diemer
Chris Robison

Laura Aqui


John van Olm
Olivia Thiessen
Petra van Linschoten
Michael Grondin
Carina & John
Matt & Jeanette
Carol & Geoff
Odette Irambona & Bea Twumasi
The staff at Bea’s Braiding and Hair Extensions
Cheryl Noonan
The porters and staff at The Rockyview Hospital
Bryn Weibe
Sara May
Emily Thomas
Jeff Storey & Cafe Beano
Jerome Hair Salon
John Diemer
Christian Carruthers
Chris Stearman
The Canadian Cancer Society
Danielle Kappy & The FRANK team
Ann Shin & Hannah Donegan

Business Affairs & Legal Services
Goldenberg Nahmias LLP

Arthur J. Gallagher

This motion picture is protected under the copyright laws of Canada and other countries throughout the world. Any unauthorized exhibition, distribution, or copying of this film or any part thereof (including the soundtrack) may result in civil responsibility and criminal prosecution.

© Zone Rouge Productions Inc. 2018

All rights reserved

Produced in association with CBC

General Manager, Programming
Sally Catto

Executive Director, Unscripted Content
Jennifer Dettman

Senior Director, Documentary
Sandra Kleinfeld

Director of Production, Unscripted Content
Alexandra Lane

Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs
Lesley Birchard