Project UnLonely Films Season 7

When Day is Done

Brandon Roots

A sojourn into the memories of a life shared, this film is a portrait of a grandmother’s recollection of her late husband, from the inception of their relationship to his passing from dementia.

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Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

Brandon Roots is a Filmmaker, Interactive Producer, and Maker based in New York. He has directed award-winning films and acted as cinematographer for many more, notably the Tribeca Film Festival 2015 Audience Award Winner, King Jack (dir. Felix Thompson). His work as an interaction designer has been showcased at the Whitney Biennial, and he has also had the distinction of blending his talents on mixed media Webby and D&AD Pencil award-winning projects.

“The story of how my grandparents met and maintained a marriage of over 50 years has always fascinated me. This film was produced during a two week period I spent with Noreen after Dean’s passing. It felt important to me to record her story while I still had the opportunity, and there was something about that particular moment in time, when Noreen was transitioning into a new stage in life after the loss of such a profound relationship, that perfectly held the emotional complexity of life, love, and loss all at once.”

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Join The Conversation

Can a simple song, like the one that reminds Noreen of what she had and how lucky she was to have it, be enough to find closure after losing someone you love? Can you imagine how you might forward after such a loss? Despite the pain of today, would you be able to see the potential for healing and hope tomorrow?


  1. Anonymous

    Such a beautiful film! I felt the aching longing from a profound life & love. Thank you for sharing

    • Anonymous

      We’re glad you liked it! Do you know anyone who’d also like it? Please share it! 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    very sweet, poignant

  3. Anonymous

    Very touching!

  4. Anonymous

    I am sure the beautiful tribute will be a comfort to anyone who knew Noreen and Dean. When my mom passed I felt a strong desire to tell the story of my parents.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for your comment – our condolences on your loss. Please share it with others you think it may help!

  5. Anonymous

    My husband and I have been married for 53 years, so this film definitely touched a nerve. In our hearts and minds we both still feel like “it was only yesterday” when we met and fell in love. I can’t imagine my life without him. Thank you, Mr. Roots, for sharing your grandmother’s story of life, love, and loss.


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