American Culture, Health, Marriage and Parenting, Psychology & Mental Health, Human Nature
Lawrence Johnson
82 minutes


*Best Documentary Astoria International Film Festival

"Astonishing... rich in honesty and realness." -The Oregonian



When his father died, filmmaker Lawrence Johnson got all his stuff. Now, he must sort and distribute the garage-sized storage unit full of his father’s belongings. What is both an obligation and an albatross becomes liberating as the filmmaker sheds his own possessions to find himself. Part road movie, part meditation, Stuff is an intimate and unflinching examination of the relationship of parents and their grown up children. Through rich archival stills, live-action footage, home movies and animation, Stuff explores psychic terrain that is highly relevant today as baby-boomers enter their sixties and are confronted with the deaths of their parents and their own mortality.



Lawrence Johnson

Lawrence Johnson has produced and directed more than forty films in the past three decades. STUFF is his second feature length documentary and most intensely personal work. The subject and making of it consumed six years and a passage through homelessness and depression- both depicted with characteristic honesty in the film.

Johnson has developed a national reputation for historical and cultural documentary work for museums, producing films for the Smithsonian Institution, the Washington State History Museum, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. He won the Golden Muse Award from the American Association of Museums, and his work has played at numerous film festivals.

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