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Through the era of a recession and rapid gentrification in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, the film LYNDALE is shot on ten different video formats indicative of the digital revolution of the 2000s. Filmmakers Oli Rodriguez and Victoria Stob document shifting family dynamics through the two brothers familial relations. The film takes place over a 6 year period during which the directors shared a house with Rodriguez’s brother, Jeff. It begins with the conflictual relationship between Jeff, his mom and stepfather and goes on to explore how one family navigates childhood neglect, queer identities, and mental illness. Along the way, it shows how childhood experiences shape our behavior in adulthood, especially in the way we treat our children and intimate partners. Through interviews with Jeff and his Ma, raw footage of family parties, the footage questions assumptions about family, gender, depression, loss, and resilience.