Project UnLonely Films Season 7

The Caretaker

Theo Rigby and Kate McLean

A short film about the relationship between an immigrant caretaker and an elderly woman in the last months of her life.

Consider This

Watch this video to explore the film’s meaning and major themes a bit more. Talking with others about a shared arts experience can enrich our perspectives. Share your thoughts in the comment section, below!

Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

Theo Rigby ​is a director, cinematographer, and interactive storyteller based out of San Francisco. He has been creating stories focusing on the immigrant experience in the United States for over the last decade and is the founder of iNation Media. Theo recently finished Waking Dream, a short documentary series about young undocumented people with DACA permits that was funded by ITVS and distributed on the IndieLens Storycast Youtube channel. He is currently in production on Sanctuary Rising, a feature documentary about the faith-based Sanctuary movement. Theo’s past projects include ​Immigrant Nation, The Caretaker, The Mayor, Marathon, and Sin País, which have been nationally broadcast on POV, showcased on The New York Times, and screened at film festivals around the world. Theo has been recognized with an Immigrant Rights Leadership Award from the City of San Francisco, is a 2018 JustFilms Rockwood Fellow, 2020 Jewish Film Institute Fellow, 2021 Logan nonfiction fellow, and won a Student Academy Award for his film, Sin País. His work has received support from the MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, ITVS, San Francisco Foundation, and the Emerson Collective, among other foundations. Theo graduated with a M.F.A. in Documentary Film from Stanford University, and before making films, was an award-winning photojournalist working for major newspapers and magazines around the world.


Join The Conversation

Have you ever been called upon to be a caretaker in your life? Were you the only one available to perform this role? How can we provide a better network of support for those around us who need it the most?


  1. Anonymous

    This is a beautiful and moving film. We must not look away from the
    last breaths of life. They are as important as the first.
    Gail Braverman, San Diego, California

  2. Donna Dymally

    I enjoyed the film….It made you reflect on how short and precious life is!!!


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