Suburban Philadelphia, July 1975.  This semi-autobiographical short film follows Mary “Jo” Parker, a thirteen-year-old tomboy, fifth of seven in a large Catholic family. Her wheelchair-bound brothers Matt and Daniel suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, while parents Dorothy and Peter hold together a dysfunctional family with a deflective balance of silence and humor. Life is both hilarious and painful for the Parkers, who refuse to be defined by disability. Jo questions her feelings for another girl, but her self-discovery is put on hold when she learns Matt and Daniel are dying.


The Parker Tribe movie trailer.




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  1. Hi

    I am curating the third, annual Arts and Algorithms International Shorts Film Festival, which will be taking place in Titusville, Florida from the 11th to the 16th of October this year:

    The film festival forms a key part of the Art and Algorithms Digital Arts Festival which brings together artists, exhibitions and workshops and I would very much like to include your film The Parker Tribe

    Art and Algorithms is a developing festival with big aspirations and we receive good media coverage in Florida and much further afield via social media etc.

    As an invited and curated film festival all invited films are screened.

    I hope that you are interested in participating in the Art & Algorithms Film Festival and I look forward to hearing from you.



  2. Hi,
    I am contacting you as we are interested in having our selection jury pre-screen your film for possible selection for the International competition programme at the 31st edition of OFF – Odense International Film Festival – Denmark’s oldest and only Oscar qualifying short film festival. Your film must be completed in 2015 or 2016 and have a maximum duration of 30 minutes (including credits)

    Please submit your film here:

    Best regards
    Katrine Anderson
    Chief Coordinator
    Odense International Film Festival

  3. So great to meet you at NYTVF! Congrats on all your awards! Keep me posted on what’s coming up next for this series!! I’d love to help out, so if there’s anything I can do, let me know, even if it’s just spreading the word, let me know!

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