Days after COVID-19 forced everyone into lockdown in March 2020, Beth Rivker Meadow spoke to Randy Rader, turned on the audio recorder, and questioned her for three hours.
Struggling with grief unrelated to the pandemic, Meadow sought experience, a voice of wisdom, and a way through her pain. Here Meadow wanted to hear all the harrowing details of Randy’s rollercoaster emotional journey.
“We didn’t know what was going to happen at the time,” recalls Medow. The East Bay filmmaker began interviewing and recording her for her personal use, but she was too moved to defend herself. Creative sent her partner Jen her Rainin with a note.
“Hey, do you think there’s a movie here?” she wrote. “What is this? This is something”
Meadow’s instincts were right.duo premiere holding moses It won awards at all three local festivals last spring at SFFILM, followed by Frameline and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. His 17-minute film, which Rainin describes as an “experience story,” New Yorker It was released on the website (which you can watch for free) in November, and a month later was a finalist for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. The film did not make it to the final selection either. American Justice During Trials: People vs. Newton.)
holding moses Young Moses has the extremely rare Phelan-McDiarmid Syndrome, which gives us a deep and moving glimpse into the relationship between mother and son. We are allowed intimate access to their bond, and even more so to embrace Randy’s pain, despair, and her disabled child.This piece is underpinned by Randy’s narration, 90% of that her comes from her first conversation with Meadow.