Chicago Hoarder Survivor Takes Story to Big Screen: "Garbage Child" to Premiere at La Femme Film Festival in L.A., Oct. 14

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"Garbage Child" is the astonishing true story of one woman's "double life" in Riverwoods, Illinois - one of the wealthiest suburbs in America. Through highly unusual home videos, "Garbage Child" tells the story of Tricia Parker's adolescence with a schizophrenic mother, who was also an extreme hoarder. "Garbage Child" is a stunning portrayal of a family - and society - in crisis, and provides a rare true-to-life glimpse into the real nature of schizophrenia. At a time when we desperately need cultural introspection, "Garbage Child" turns the lens on ourselves.

"So often, children of hoarders don't have a voice. I hope that my story serves as an inspiration, and that it will empower other hoarder survivors to come forward. Hoarding is an extremely serious disease, with devastating consequences for children.

Tricia Parker, a Chicago writer and filmmaker, is pleased to announce that her short film, “Garbage Child,” will be an official selection at the LA Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles, October 14-17. Its world premiere will be at 4:00 p.m., October 14th, at the Davidson/Valentini Theatre.

The high-profile La Femme Festival aims to promote women in film, and to connect them with top industry executives. “Garbage Child’ is also a final candidate for the International Human Rights Film Festival in Paris, in March 2011.

Through stunning home videos, “Garbage Child” tells the story of Tricia’s harrowing life with her schizophrenic mother, in Riverwoods, Illinois. It also tells the story of her mother’s compulsive hoarding – a subject that’s captivated the nation’s attention like never before.

“Garbage Child” uses only home videos, photos, and narrative voiceovers to tell its story. It breaks new ground, cinematically, and also raises important questions for our times: Do we have the right to videotape children? How have we let our consumer society get so out-of-control? And is suburbia really the “dream” we make it out to be? At a time when we desperately need cultural introspection, “Garbage Child”ultimately turns the lens on ourselves.

Tricia, 28, is a graduate of both the George Washington University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Time Out Chicago, The Chicago Tribune, and The Legal Intelligencer. Tricia is currently at work on a memoir, also called “Garbage Child.”




To schedule an interview, or to request a copy of "Garbage Child," please contact Tricia at either tricia.j.parker(at)gmail(dot)com., or (773)-757-8063.


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