Private Project

Sister Sister Sister

Zan Mayo was the proverbial rolling stone. As a sax player, he traveled wherever opportunity led. During his travels, he met three different women in three different cities and had a daughter with each one of them. He always had good intentions, but things never quite worked out, so he was only in his daughter's lives for a limited number of years before he relocated to a different city. He stayed in touch with his daughters for awhile but eventually stopped calling.

Zan and his daughters recall memories of the early days, good times and bad. Eventually, his daughters receive a letter about his passing and make plans to attend his memorial service to make their final peace with their father.

  • Linda Gentry
    Director
  • Linda Gentry, K.Nichole Worsley
    Writer
  • Lanett Tachel, K.Nichole Worsley, Linda Gentry
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 14, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Capital City Black Film Festival
    Austin
    United States
    August 27, 2015
  • Blowup Chicago Arthouse Film Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    July 25, 2015
Director Biography - Linda Gentry

From Washington, DC, Linda Gentry has a background in writing, graphics, and social and healthcare marketing . She attended DC public schools and is a graduate of Calvin Coolidge High School. She attended the University of the District of Columbia and the USDA Graduate School where she studied journalism. Her background includes writing, film editing, and web design. She has also completed additional training including workshops, classes and seminars at the Los Angeles Screenwriting Expo.

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Director Statement

What’s it like to not have your father remind you regularly that you are the most beautiful girl in the world? What if he didn’t affirm that you were intelligent, talented, worthwhile and a precious commodity? For those of us who received that from our fathers, we don’t know. But there are many girls who grew up seeking that approval from other males in their lives, whether it was positive or destructive.
We also wondered what it would be like to get a father’s point of view on why he chose not to be in his daughter’s lives. Many girls grow up to be women that never get an answer to the question they want to ask their absentee father – why?
So, we dove into that question and presented the perspectives of the daughters left behind and the father who left them. What we found is that so many people can identify with this story because it’s their story. Here we have three sisters, born to the same father with different mothers, in different cities with no knowledge of each other. It’s sad but true that this scenario plays out time and time again in America and perhaps other parts of the world. It’s become a common and unfortunate theme that knows no race.
Our objective in producing “Sister, Sister, Sister” was to bring light to this topic and encourage an open dialog about how it feels to be left behind without knowing why and to hear from a father explaining why.
Our hope is that this short film will bring attention to the topic and help bring healing to the hurting daughters and fathers before it’s too late.