Private Project

The Lengths

Following her parents separation, a reluctant Abby Lewis is moved into a crowded commune, where she shares a double-bedded room with her mother.
With Abby’s resentment growing stronger, her mother, Melissa, must take careful steps in order to regain her daughters trust. As the two settle into their new lives, they begin to explore the tenderness of their quiet but often turbulent relationship.

  • Katie Lawrence
  • Katie Lawrence
  • Suylaing Te
  • Jessy Moyer
    Key Cast
    "Abby Lewis"
  • Joanne Farrell
    Key Cast
    "Melissa Lewis "
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 12, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Big Apple Film Festival
    United States
    August 28, 2019
    New York Premiere
  • Golden Door International Film Festival
    Jersey City
    United States
    September 22, 2019
    New Jersey Premiere
Director Biography - Katie Lawrence

Katie is a recent graduate and filmmaker from southern New York. Her most recent short film, The Lengths, explores the complex relationship between a lonely teenager and her distant mother, and the love between them that knows no bounds. In the fall of 2016, Katie co-wrote, shot and edited a documentary which highlighted the care and support that feeds her towns biking community. The Old Spokes Documentary was aired on Vermont PBS the following Spring.
In May of 2018, Katie took on roles as Director of Photography and Head Editor for the short narrative, 40 love. Not only was this story set against the beautiful and gothic backdrop of Prague, Czech Republic, but the creative seven minute piece was also shot on 16mm colored film. Katie’s exposure to different mediums has been one of the most impactful experiences in her storytelling career. The precision and meticulous planning that comes with shooting on film has made her an efficient and thoughtful director, and has added a subtle and charming quality to her work.
Come Fall of 2019, Katie plans to return to New York City to continue her path towards an eye opening and rewarding filmmaking career.

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Director Statement

When I was fourteen years old, my mom had announced that she was leaving my dad. A few weeks following this, her and I moved to the next town over, and into a small and unvisited apartment. This intimate time with my mom had humbled and matured me, and helped me recognize that I was not the only one coping with my family’s new divide. By taking a closer look at all that my mother did for me, I was able to release some of my resentment and hostility for my parents separation.

The Lengths is an exploration of the unique and sensitive bond of a mother-daughter relationship, and how such relationships can grow stronger in unpredictable and often painful situations.

This film was shot in January 2019, in southern New York. The barren trees of winter and the large and drafty house helped convey a strong sense of lonesomeness from my main character. Likewise, the film was shot on Zeiss Milvus lenses to introduce a very cold and sterile feel.