“My Favorite Picture Of You”

That’s the title of a brief, brilliant documentary (above) by Oscar winners TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay. Paul Rosenfeld captions the film:

With simplicity and depth directors TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay bring us an emotionally charged documentary about family and the pains of old age. The film revolves around an audio conversation between Martin’s grandfather and grandmother, who was dying of cancer at the time. Featured alongside a selection of home videos and photos, the conversation is a portrait of the life the couple lived. But more than a simple celebration of those moments, the film challenges the viewer to grapple with the highs and lows of life, including age, decay, and death.

In an interview last February, Lindsay described the short film’s origins:

My filmmaking partner, TJ Martin, filmed a conversation between his grandfather and his grandmother almost a month before she passed away. She was dying of cancer, and her husband is reminiscing about their life, and she’s having a hard time remembering things. It just happened that they filmed a lot of footage of themselves and had a lot of great photographs, so one day we thought it would be interesting to take that conversation and tie in the idea of what memory means to identity.