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Before Us is a feature-length documentary in production about a daughter's desire to reunite a family fragmented by adoption. The story follows the filmmaker as she brings together the two sisters born on a California commune in the late 1960s and placed for adoption, the two brothers she grew up with, and the mother who kept her family’s history a secret.

One family’s journey of reunion is framed by the era of free love and counterculture, the history of adoption in America and the complicated and changing role of familial structures. A series of in-depth interviews, archival footage, Super 8 film recreations, poetic imagery, and vérité footage will illuminate a multitude of ideas and feelings around adoption, all while posing the larger question—what defines family?
Before Us is a feature-length documentary in production about a daughter's desire to reunite a family fragmented by adoption. The story follows the filmmaker as she brings together the two sisters born on a California commune in the late 1960s and placed for adoption, the two brothers she grew up with, and the mother who kept her family’s history a secret.

One family’s journey of reunion is framed by the era of free love and counterculture, the history of adoption in America and the complicated and changing role of familial structures. A series of in-depth interviews, archival footage, Super 8 film recreations, poetic imagery, and vérité footage will illuminate a multitude of ideas and feelings around adoption, all while posing the larger question—what defines family?
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Before Us began production in April of 2011.
 
With one year of shooting and an additional year of post-production, Before Us seeks further funding from individuals and organizations.
 
Please contact beforeusfilm@gmail.com with any inquiries or suggestions.
Hedia Maron
(Director / Producer / Cinematographer) has screened a number of critically-acclaimed short films in festivals such as the Berlin Film Festival, Documenta, SXSW, Outfest, and London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and in venues including New Museum, Tribeca Film Center, Anthology Film Archives, Gene Siskel Film Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Queens Museum.

Her editorial work has been seen widely on national television (promos, commercials, documentary shorts) and in festivals such as the Moving Image Festival, and in venues including The Kitchen, Mount Tremper Arts and MoMA PS1.

She received a BFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Film from Columbia University. This is her first feature film.