Do I Need This? Kate Schermerhorn

  • Tuesday, November 01, 2022
  • 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Virtual
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Do I Need This?


Kate Schermerhorn, Kate

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

6:15PM - 8:15PM (Pacific Time)

Do I Need This? is a documentary about our complicated relationship with the stuff in our lives, the stuff from which happiness is truly made, and legacy.

This quirky, relatable, and profound award-winning film delicately interweaves the filmmaker's complicated relationship to her family possessions during the late stages of her parents' lives, together with a journey into the homes and minds of her fellow Americans - from a Buddhist monk to a woman who hoards, and a colorful cast of characters in between.  The film explores late-in-life decisions related to the stuff we accumulate over a lifetime, and how it impacts our loved ones once we are gone.

Do I Need This? will be broadcast on PBS stations nationally in mid-2023. The film features Dr. Randy Frost, co-author of Buried in Treasures and Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home.

Please enjoy the trailer!

Kate Schermerhorn, an Emmy-winning filmmaker and photographer, has directed 100s of videos, three feature-length documentaries, won one Emmy, been nominated for one more, won two Tellies, lived in four countries, jumped out a plane 27 times and is the mother of two. She compares her work to a person dressed as a polyester Statue of Liberty, holding a sign spinner which is strategically pointed to say, 'LOOK HERE!'. Of her work, The New Yorker says, "nothing seems wasted, nothing's excessive"  and the Evening Standard says "there's a mesmerizing quality to (Kate's) work".


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Meeting Format

6:15 - 6:45PM Introductions - voluntary donations to Luna Park Productions

in support of Do I Need This will be solicited at this time

6:45 - 7:45PM Screening

7:45 - 8:15PM Q&A


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