Following on from a great festival run and three awards including a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award in 2016, we're excited to announce that THE THIRD DAD has received its online premiere as a Vimeo Staff Pick!
Vimeo has selected the short documentary to premiere online as one of their prestigious Staff Picks in January 2017. The film, which was directed by visual artist and filmmaker Theresa Moerman Ib and produced by Richard Warden as part of the Scottish Documentary Institute's Bridging the Gap scheme in 2015, has already garnered close to 400,000 views.
The team has been overwhelmed by the positive responses and encouraging comments about THE THIRD DAD that have been made by viewers all over the world. It's a huge privilege to reach such a large audience, and we look forward to the film's further journey.
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In honour of National Poetry Day, director Theresa Moerman Ib shares a poem written by her father in 1965 alongside a personal anecdote from her recent trip to San Francisco for the launch of LUNAFEST women's film festival tour.
"When I was 6 or 7, my dad worked for Bank of America and went to San Francisco on a business trip. On returning home, he told me all about the Golden Gate Bridge, and how some day he'd show it to me. Even though he's no longer here, he finally managed that as The Third Dad brought me to the cool, grey city of love courtesy of LUNAFEST.
On my second day in San Francisco, I was taken on a photo shoot for the festival. One of the locations I chose was the Golden Gate Bridge, in memory of my dad and a poem he wrote in 1965 at the age of 19.
I stand before a bridge
I do not dare to cross
I can never come back.
For the bridge is my life's bridge
which the others built for me
and which I face so desperately.
My body rages: go!
Should I cross the bridge
or is the time not right?
Am I even ready?
And can I get across?
I took the leap
now I'm standing on the other side
the distance spanned so many years
now years of toil arrive.
The poem has always haunted me because it's so poignant in relation to his life, however you interpret it. Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time at Fort Point, the location in Hitchcock's Vertigo where Scottie rescues a distraught and bewildered Madeleine after she tries to drown herself in the bay, was an emotional moment. Not least because the bridge wasn't fully visible and disappeared into fog.
I couldn't rescue my dad from drowning, but I thought of him and others suffering as I walked halfway across the bridge a few days later at sunset passing an emergency phone along the way that was accompanied by a small, unassuming blue sign with the simple yet powerful message: There is hope."