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Instead of playing video games or hanging out at the mall, the Harkness brothers spend their time making their own playful movies in Seattle. Their films are full of costumed heroes, smashed props and in-camera special effects, and they all star Sam Harkness. One day they spontaneously decide to make a film about something real in their family: the mysterious disappearance of Sam’s mom three years prior. Picking up their cameras and tracking cryptic clues of her whereabouts, Sam and his older half brother Reed head out on a West Coast road trip to try and find her. But solving the mystery of her departure is only the beginning of their story. The documentary uses a hybrid narrative approach, drawing from a vast archive of fictional films, home videos, intimate family interviews and veìrité scenes from over the decades. Sam's wetsuit and mask wearing alter ego, The Blue Panther, springs into action to help crack the case. The brothers take a 2,000-mile road trip in search of answers. We learn of Sam's mother’s complicated adoption history from Japan. And we experience Sam growing up over 25 years, from age 11 to 36, balancing revelations of personal growth while trying to break the cycle of generational trauma.
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