From my earliest memories as a young boy until I was a teenager, I always had a great relationship with my mother’s parents. What I didn’t know was that my mother and grandmother had a long history of fighting and disagreement, which came to a breaking point when my mother turned 40 and stopped seeing her parents entirely. This meant I stopped seeing them as well. This film explores the reasons for this family rift, and documents the personal discoveries I made, and the secrets I unearthed, along the way.

Bill Wagner grew up in Upstate New York and has lived in North Carolina for most of the last 23 years. He earned a graduate degree in Nurse Anesthesia in 1995. His passion for documentary work led him to study at CDS, where he has been a certificate student for 9 years. He hopes to expand this short film to feature length… someday. He’s grateful to CDS for its wide range of course offerings and seasoned instructors geared toward the novice documentary student.

This was the final project for the Certificate in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. See more Fall 2013 final projects at


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