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I’m Taking You Home


The Fort Myers Film Festival runs April 10-14 this year. Among the dozens of short films it will show during this time is I’m Taking You Home by filmmaker Jim DeKoch. The film is a tribute to Jim’s mother. Through a series of flashbacks, Jim recounts key moments that would shape the destiny of his mother’s life.

“I was not at the hospital the day my Mother died,” Jim recounts. “My father called me at about 11:00 a.m., crying, and said, ‘Jimmy I held Mom’s hand until her last heartbeat.’ Dazed, I left a meeting, sat in my car in a parking lot trying to make sense of the whole thing. I opened the calculator app on my phone and tallied the approximate number of times a heart would beat in 92 years. 5 billion is what came up on the screen. I went home, picked up my guitar and wrote this song. I’m Taking You Home is my second film. Making this film had a profound effect on me. I made it to honor the life of my mother. But in doing so, I figured out I was making the film to manage my grief. Faith is a very individual thing. I don’t think we really know the answers to all of our questions until we get there ourselves.”

Jim DeKoch’s career spans 37 years. Besides I’m Taking You Home, his film credits include E.O.B., which he wrote, directed and produced.

I’m Taking You Home screens in the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on Saturday, April 13 during the 6:00 p.m. Rad Shorts block.

April 2, 2019.


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