Somewhere Between, the award-winning documentary about adopted Chinese girls, opens exclusively at Music Box Theatre next weekend. Director/producer Linda Goldstein Knowlton and the film’s stars will be in attendance for post-screening Q&A’s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 11-13, 2013.
“My daughter's name is Ruby Goldstein Knowlton “She’s seven,” explains the filmmaker. “When my husband and I adopted her from China, we had no idea what lay ahead. We became a family in an instant. But as I began to think about Ruby's future, I started to wonder how her coming-of-age would differ from mine. I began talking to older girls who had been adopted from China and brought to the U.S., and plunged into a world not just of identity but of what it means to be who we are.”
The documentary intimately follows four American teenagers, some of the 80,000 girls who have been adopted from China since 1989, a decade after the country implemented its One Child Policy. These typical American teens reveal their sense of self-awareness as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, “Who am I?”
In an attempt to make sense of their complex identities, the four girls (Haley, Jenna, Ann and Fang) meet and bond with other adoptees, journey back to China to reconnect with the culture, and reach out to the orphaned girls left behind as they consider who they are—both as individuals and as a nation of immigrants.
Born and raised in Chicago, the film's producer/director Goldstein Knowlton studied neuroscience at Brown University. Following college, she remained in Providence to serve the governor of Rhode Island in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations where she began raising funds for film preservation at The American Film Institute.
She made her feature-film producing debut in 1999 with Lawrence Kasdan’s Mumford and Crazy in Alabama, directed by Antonio Banderas. She helped produce The Shipping News in 2001 and and Whale Rider in 2002, before co-directing and co-producing the feature-length documentary, The World According to Sesame Street which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006.
The Music Box will also screen Touchy Feely on January 31. Presented by the Sundance Film Festival USA, the Lynn Shelton film stars Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt.
For show times and more information, visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.