Last Words: Katherine

Owen's wife of many years recently died. In his grief, he begins to experience her presence. She returns to comfort him through the first wave of grieving.

  • Jim McQuaid
  • Jim McQuaid
  • Owen Daly
    Key Cast
  • Jane Holding
    Key Cast
  • Larry Evans
    Key Cast
    "Business Associate"
  • Cyn Macgregor
    Key Cast
    "Business Associate's spouse"
  • J. W. Smith
    Key Cast
    "Hardware store clerk"
  • Brianne Villano
    Key Cast
    "dog walker"
  • Lilly Nelson
    Key Cast
    "thrift store patron/cashier"
  • John Honeycutt
    Key Cast
    "card playing friend"
  • Jack Allan, DP
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  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    DCI 4K Scope
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Director Biography - Jim McQuaid

Jim McQuaid is a filmmaker and writer living in Durham, NC.

Creating short films since 1999, all of his films deal with how love survives the conflicts we create. How a parent's love survives a child growing up, how the memory of love can support or plague us.

Last Words: Katherine is the first in a trilogy of films about the ways in which love survives the death of a loved one.

McQuaid taught design and photography in college art departments, worked in high technology marketing and finally came to video and indie film.

In addition to writing and directing, he has DPed films of all kinds for other filmmakers, from simple personal stories to One Last Sunset Redux, a feature-length zombie movie. He has also worked as AD on a variety of longer projects. McQuaid produces performance, training and interview videos for commercial clients to support his filmmaking habit.

An active member of the filmmaking community in the Raleigh-Durham region of North Carolina, he co-moderates a screenwriting group, and is always ready to help on set, read a script or do lunch.

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Director Statement

"Last Words: Katherine" is the first in a trilogy of stories about how love may survive death. In this film an elderly man grieves for his spouse of many years. In his grief, he begins to experience her presence. She has returned to help him through the first, worst wave of grief.

The film demanded a concise, simple yet poetic style. The cinematic goal was a very natural rendering. The appearance of the dead wife is not a sensational special effect even when she appears to her husband from a different time. She is simply there or not there. The world of grief is still at times and frustrating at other times.

Many scenes were described in the script but were improvised by our actors to fill them out.