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TRUE NORTH: Honest Stories of Finding Home

TRUE NORTH is a documentary short and pilot for a docuseries offering viewers an intimate view into the lives of ordinary people who take uncommon—and often courageous—paths to find their purpose and their place in the world. The pilot segment, Sailing to Salvation, documents a group of distressed war veterans who, feeling alienated from society upon their return from duty, find healing and connection on the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Suzie Galler
    I Am Beautiful, I Am My Mother's Daughter, The Making and Restoration of My Fair Lady, Intimate Portraits of Audrey Hepburn, Sally Field, Betty Davis, etc.
  • Suzie Galler
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Television, Other
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    45,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Annapolis Film Festival
    Annapolis, MD
    United States
    April 30, 2022
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Suzie Galler

Suzie Galler is a documentary filmmaker and event producer who began her career working for the major television networks and Disney/Touchstone. She subsequently ran two production companies where she produced television specials and on-air ad campaigns for CBS, Lifetime Television, FX, the Food Network, and other broadcast outlets. Credits include: The Making and Restoration of My Fair Lady, Independent Documentaries: I Am Beautiful and I Am My Mother’s Daughter; and many other projects. In recent years she has devoted her production and communications skills to telling the stories of the international development community through the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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Director Statement

The inspiration for this film came from my own experience when, after living in many different cities, I finally landed in a small but welcoming community on the Chesapeake Bay that had all of the elements I needed to feel fulfilled in my environment, as well as in my creative life. When I realized I had found MY True North here, I began to explore what that concept might mean for others and discovered that the key to finding one’s True North is to find relevance and belonging in a world where divisiveness and othering have become so commonplace. The veterans in our pilot episode exemplify that experience. Our goal is to document the stories of others who have found their True North and share their stories, providing inspiration for viewers to seek and find their own True North.