The Ties That Bind

The Ties That Bind

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At 28, Chris, who lives with multiple disabilities, longs for independence and dreams of the day when he will move out of the family home, as he has watched his brother and sister do. Chris is also determined to live apart from his aging parents, Kathleen and Bill, despite still being deeply dependent on them.

Most parents have mixed feelings when faced with the prospect of their children leaving home. But Bill and Kathleen are being called on to do something most families never have to consider. They must intentionally build a long-term network of support that may allow their son the stability to live on his own; a circle of support that will eventually replace them.

In the Ties That Bind, award-winning documentary filmmaker John Ritchie takes a first-hand look at a family's struggle to let go, when every instinct compels them to hang on. Ritchie follows the Jordan family--Kathleen, Bill, Chris and his two siblings--for almost three years. The result is an extraordinarily intimate film that reveals, with raw emotion and surprising humour, the complexity around one young man's transition toward a more independent life.

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The Ties That Bind, John Ritchie, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    John Ritchie
  • writer
    John Ritchie
  • producer
    Tracey Friesen
    Rob Bromley
  • editor
    Mike Taylor
  • director of photography
    Brian Beard
  • composer
    Chris Ainscough
  • second unit director
    Ed Kucerak
  • associate producer
    Gillian Lowrey
  • location sound
    Stephen McCabe
  • post-production supervisor
    Chris Fisher
  • additional camera
    Raymond Hagel
    Kent Newson
    Ed Kucerak
    Brian Way
  • additional sound
    Peter Jones
    Mark Pitkethly
  • online editor
    Lorne Wright
  • colourist
    Lorne Wright
  • sound design
    J. Martin Taylor
  • re-recording mixer
    Miguel Nunes
    Brody Ratsoy
  • production assistant
    Kristine Dixon
  • transcription
    Joanne Greenwood
    Susan Read-Friedmann
    Maureen Ritchie
    Ariane Sanders
    Trace Sitter
    Jeff Williamson
  • post-production assistant
    Jen Westerman
    Brenda Baylis
  • production accountant
    Nadine Kelln
    Jacqui Ellis
  • commissioning editor
    Andrew Johnson
  • executive producer
    Hugh Beard
    Rina Fraticelli
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