"ReMoved" - An Incredible film by Nathanael Matanick

In just over a week this film has received well over 250,000 views on Vimeo and Youtube, and seems to be going viral on Facebook right now. Nathanael Matanick, also known as "Heschle", has pulled together an incredibly emotional story to bring awareness to the importance of the foster program, and the need for quality foster parents. Please dedicate 13 minutes of your day to watch this straight through without interruption, and I suggest in full screen mode.

Here is a description of the film from Nathanael himself:

We made ReMoved with the desire that it would be used to serve in bringing awareness, encourage, and be useful in foster parent training, and raising up foster parents.

Originally created for the 168 Film Festival, ReMoved follows the emotional story through the eyes of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care.

After winning Best Film and Audience Choice at the 168 Film Festival, as well as winning Best Film at the Enfoque Film Festival and being an official selection at the Santa Barbara Independent Film Festival, we're extremely excited to share ReMoved online.

"It would be impossible to fully understand the life and emotions of a child going through the foster care system, but this short narrative film portrays that saga in a poetic light, with brushes of fear, anger, sadness, and a tiny bit of hope." -Santa Barbara Independent

This short film wouldn't be possible without the help of some of my incredible friends.
First, my wife, who schemed this project up with me, and was willing to do me the huge favor of writing and producing it. Without her partnership, this would not have happened, and definitely would not have been such a fun process. We were inspired to create this film while in foster parent training.

And then of course Tony Cruz. I asked him early on if he'd be willing to tackle this with me. I wasn't sure if I was really going to pursue it unless he said yes. He graciously agreed and was, to me, a huge source of confidence in knowing this project would turn out well. He and i discussed everything during the pre-production, and i counted on his creative mind to keep me on the right path. He even persuaded another key creative on the project, Greg Pickard, to join us. On Set Tony was my right hand man. On set, if I just wasn't feeling it, I had the trust in him to be able to just hand the scene off to him and know he would make it work. And he stepped in plenty of times when i just needed a break, or a separate perspective. Some of the best moments in the film are of his doing. Go check him out at www.tonycruz.co

We were very fortunate with Abby White, the young actress. Without her we wouldn't have a film.

Her parents were so amazing as well. I don't think they anticipated how much involvement it would take on their end, but they stuck with it the whole way. Abby's dad, Andy White from Good Times Guitar, even recorded Abby's Voice Over for us in his studio.


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Patryk M's picture

Beyond words. Amazing detail of emotions.

I shed a few manly tears

She was really amazing and it was beautifully filmed but when it was over my mind kept thinking about the black bin bag. She's an unhappy, depressed child not a hobo.

many many comments have been posted about the significance of the trash bag...a friend of mine who was yanked in and out of homes told of being moved without being able to pack any belongings, but if he did he had to grab whatever would fit in a trash bag. I think it's pretty brilliant that they thought of that.

Yes, the trash bag is indeed a sad reality.

I'm a foster parent, and when a child is removed from their home if they do not have a bag they are given two black trash bags for their belongings. This is a reality and a very sad one.

Amazing! Everything works really balanced!

Crusty Juggler66 - I am a foster parent and unfortunately the black bag is a reality. Many kids come into care and leave care with their belongings in a garbage bag. Many communities have programs where people can donate backpacks and duffle bags so this does not have to be the case.

My wife used to be a family case manager, and now she is a trainer for social workers. She said that they really stress to the case managers to prevent kids from loading up their belongings in trash bags. It makes the kids feel like their belongings are trash, and that makes them feel like trash, too. They really push case workers to grab a few donated back packs or duffel bags from the supply closet if they have to remove a child from a home.

The short made me and my wife cry. It was beautifully produced, very touching, and very realistic...except for the part where they separate the girl and her brother. It's not very common to split up siblings.

Actually the families I have met were all separated so it's not as common as you think to keep them together everywhere. A few even had some adopted and some sent back home depending on their age.

I am a social worker and refuse to move my kids in garbage bags! I pay out of my pocket and purchase a duffle bag or back pack for them!

That's very sweet of you - gives them a sense of belonging (at least they know how much you care about their well being) and love.


I've worked with these lost little ones, and the black trash bags are a painful reality all-too often. This is a powerful and enlightening film that I hope is shared in every preparation class to help potential foster parents better understand the foster care experience through the eyes of a child. Well done.

Beautiful portrayal of the inner life of these children. That young actress was amazing.

Mark Weikert's picture

Finally watched this. Amazing!!

This is an amazing movie... Well done, beautiful!

I watched this very touching heartfelt story and cried

Very touching

Frankly, I am no fan of these "touching" films. If this was a documentary, maybe I'd have watched it completely, but I don't need tear glands pushing films to know that a child needs parents that care about and love it...

I believe the problem is that many foster parents don't feel the same way as you, hence the purpose of the film.

Sean Shimmel's picture

Films are allowed to be films. And not all emotion is jerked.

Frankly I'm not a big fan of your comment. However, I do understand the Brechtian element that you are alluding to. Art, film and theatre have had and will have the power to change the world because whether you like it or not it sparked conversation. This artist obviously didn't use a documentary technique for a reason and you have to be intelligent enough to ask the hardest question-why? These visionaries collaborated to ignite awareness. Not by gauging weather you like it or not but rather used strategic planning to engage today's instant gratification audience (thus 12 mins)while using film as a medium. This short was not made for you to be a fan or it, this isn't football, it was made to create a glimpse into a world that is taboo, a world we don't see. There are many flaws in creating a concise documentary about abused children put through the foster care system. I'm sure you can imagine what they may be but if not I'm going to take the liberty to enlighten you on one very large reason. Abusers use secrets as a way to gain power. Why on earth would an abuser sign a consent form asking them to reveal intimate moments of terror, fear and power control with the world? This film is not perfect and neither is your argument. I will now step down from my soap box and take a humble bow.

Well said. I wonder Jan (who seems to recoil from touching works)...what has shut you down and made you believe that your intellect can fathom what a heart needs time to know?

I thought a little time about what I wrote and have to admit: In a cinema, where it would be screened, I could probably watch it. But on a computer I feel to busy and distracted to watch films where nothing really new happens...

Well said Charmee Taylor, well said. And frankly Jan I think you need a reality check.

I think it is funny and sad at the same time how folks get so wound up attacking people on the same team. My gosh can't some one have a different view anymore? Whats the bottom line- the kids! If people put as much time into fixing this as they do attacking people we could see and end to this in our lifetime.

I know too well, it never goes away. Cant say that Ive seen the system change much, lived in a home that fostered and was rewarded for fostering 30 years only to see the mother pick and choose who she liked and didn't like, she put on a pretty good show for everyone but was a different person behind closed doors. I even attended a fostering course only to see half of them ask questions about money. Id like to know when it becomes about the kids!!! everyone says it is and that things have changed but from all the kids ive seen come and go and die including my sisters not much has.

Trevor Dayley's picture

This was so incredibly powerful. Everything about it was done perfectly.

This film better show the rampant sexual abuse that is perpetrated on most if not all foster children. If not, then once again we are being fed half truths that distract people from the depth of what is truly going on. Did you know that it is extremely unlikely for a person who is physically abusing a child to not also be sexually abusing them? More of this is going to come to light as this sickness of humanity is exposed. Victims are waking up out of amnesia and memory repression more often and faster too now that our society has progressed to a point that there are more tools available and support systems in place to help victims recover from these hideous crimes. Please look into this. Specifically, have a look into the background behind the 'False Memory Association' or whatever it is called... there is a lot of evidence that shows the foundation was set up by pedophiles in high ranking societal positions who had a vested interest in discrediting the claims of victims. The rabbit hole goes a lot deeper...