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‘A Matter of Time’: A Movie About Music, Saying Goodbye To Someone You Love, And Fighting ALS
July 4, 2013
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The story told by the documentary 'A Matter of Time' is heartbreaking - it's about musician Kathryn Calder facing the loss of one of the most important people in her life: her mother.

But it's not just sad. The movie is also an inspiring tale "about letting difficult experiences meet artistic impulses and making a positive difference through music," as the filmmakers put it.

Calder, a Victoria, B.C.-born musician and member of The New Pornographers, became a full-time caregiver after her mother was diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative neuromuscular disease, in 2009.

Faced with the devastating knowledge that her mother was nearing the end of her life, Calder decided to record her first solo album, which would be dedicated to the woman she calls "her biggest fan."

There were a lot of challenges involved in writing and recording an album while continuing to care for her sick mother.

One problem was where to create the music. Since she needed to be there constantly as a caregiver, Calder set up a studio in the living room of her mother's house.

And another, as implied by the movie's title, was time. Calder needed to complete her album before her mother passed away.

She succeeded. Sadly, Calder's mother passed in 2010, the year the album, 'Are You My Mother?', was completed. But she did get to listen to the finished product before she passed away.

Calder with her mother (Photo: Kathryn Calder)

Most of 'A Matter of Time' was filmed in 2012, and follows Calder as she prepares for an epic concert at the Royal B.C. Museum's Old Town in honour of Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, which is today (July 4).

It also tells the story of her mother's death, the recording of the album, and the realities of living with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease).

The team behind 'A Matter of Time' is currently seeking funding to complete the film on Kickstarter. You can visit their Kickstarter page to find out more about the project and support them.

The movie is being produced by Yellow Bird Project, a Montreal-based organization that works with indie rock musicians to create unique t-shirt designs that benefit charities.


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