Lisa, an artist and a neat freak, has been estranged from her father for years. Now he’s dying and it’s up to her to care for him. She is not happy about it, but makes an effort to get to know him. It's hard with the past still haunting her.

The film explores themes of family dynamics, communication barriers, the impact of past experiences on the present, and the challenges of caregiving. It paints a picture of a complex relationship between a daughter and her aging father, weaving together past and present in a reflective narrative.

  • Sharie Vance
  • Sharie Vance
  • Susan Bohl
    Into the Darkness
  • Morgana Shaw
    Key Cast
  • Harry Botts
    Key Cast
  • Natalie Hinds
    Key Cast
    "Lisa's Mom"
  • Sydney La Barge
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Red Gemini
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Bare Bones International Film Festival
    Muskogee, Oklahoma
    United States
    April 29, 2023
    United States Premiere
    Lois Weber Legacy Award/3rd Place
  • USA Film Festival - Short Film Competition
    United States
  • Burbank International Film Festival
    Burbank, California
    United States
    September 23, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Seguin Film and Arts Festival
    United States
    October 28, 2023
Director Biography - Sharie Vance

Sharie Vance currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, 3 of her 4 adult children and a plethora of grandkids and animals. It's a lively household to say the least.

She is a native Texan, a full time professor at Dallas College, and holds an MFA in documentary filmmaking. Cleaning is her debut narrative film.

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Director Statement

Cleaning is a fictionalized version of my relationship with my dying father.