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The UnLonely Film Festival: Best of Fest

My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes

About the FIlmmaker

Charlie Tyrell is a Torontonian filmmaker and the New Year’s Baby of 1988. His work has screened internationally at such festivals as Sundance, SXSW, Hot Docs, Tribeca, Nashville Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Raindance, Brooklyn Film Festival and many more. His latest short doc, My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes premiered at Sundance 2018 and went on to win Best Documentary Short at Cinema Eye Honors, the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at SXSW 2018, TIFF Canada’s Top Ten 2019 and was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2019. Charlie’s work often combines live action footage with stop motion and 2D animation. He also likes skateboarding and swore he would never eat another hot dog until the Blue Jays win the World Series.

Dive Even Deeper

Make a self-portrait from the objects around you.

  • Look around you at the objects you keep in close proximity in your home–on your desk, on your dresser or nightstand. What do you think these objects say about you? Why do you have them? What are their stories?
  • Arrange some of the objects together and take a photo of them. What do you think? Do you recognize yourself in the image?

7 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Unique documentary.

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  2. Anonymous

    Such a great story-a good reminder to try and get to know your parents, ask questions and find out where they come from.

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  3. Anonymous

    Fascinating.

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  4. Tanya

    It’s a good reminder to talk with your parents, spend time with them and get to know them better.

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  5. Anonymous

    Interesting visualizations

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  6. Anonymous

    It makes me reflect on my parents and as well as my legacy, my stuff and how I treat others.

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  7. Anonymous

    Beautifully creative and heartwarming. My father passed away 10 years ago and this has inspired me to create something similar. The use of his dad’s “junk” was amazing. I have so much my father’s tools and clothes that I’ve been wanted to memorialize somehow, this is a wonderful idea. I enjoy the depth of this documentary and the honest message of our struggles in life and how we are shaped by things we don’t choose for ourselves and how that continues a cycle we are unaware of as well.

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