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‘Proof of Loss’ at the HollyShorts Film Festival

Virtual Event

A short film with local roots will premiere virtually at the HollyShorts Film Festival on Friday, Nov. 13.

“Proof of Loss,” starring Dylan McDermott (“The Practice”) and Colette McDermott (“Hollywood”), screens during the Family Matters segment of the short film festival from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The film was produced by Drinkwater Studios, a company founded by siblings Laura Zak and Graham Waleryszak, both of Exeter. Laura wrote the screenplay, while Graham served as executive producer, along with famed playwright Eve Ensler.


A few weeks after a fire has devastated much of her town, Beth drives home from college to help her father Charles in the aftermath of their family home being destroyed. Tensions between them emerge as they embark on the emotional process of assessing the monetary losses of the disaster, revealing not only that they are grieving the loss of their home in opposite ways, but that they also have not fully processed the loss of their mother and wife, a year prior. Will their cumulative loss lead them to lose each other as well, or will Beth and Charles find their way to new growth in the aftermath of trauma?

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