In 2007, Kori Feener made her first full length documentary entitled Where There is a Will. As human beings we all struggle with family, illness and the odds. But one family, through adversity, lack of government support and pure unconditional love gives us hope.
Where There is a Will follows the Killelea family as they try to rehabilitate their son Patrick who suffered a devastating head injury in 2006. The film chronicles their struggle from injury till fall of 2007 when all of their private funding had been scheduled to run out. Both private and federal insurance refused to help this recovering young man, threatening to put the Killelea family past financial ruin into complete bankruptcy. Through it all, one thing remained constant. That familial bond that holds the group together, without this, there would be no will, there would be no way.
On October 13th, 2007 Feener organized a fundraising event at Masconomet Regional High School in Boxford, Massachusetts. At that event the documentary had it’s official premiere, through event tickets, a silent auction and generous donations; $15,000 dollars was raised for the Killelea family. Within the next year, the Killelea’s were able to bring Patrick home.
Below, in order of appearance, are links to see an interview Feener did on FOX News, the official Where There is a Will trailer and a WBZ News segment on a screening in 2009 at Concord Academy.
You can also view the hour long film, in it’s entirety here: Where There is a Will
Since then, Feener has been focusing on her skills as a Cinematographer, working on numerous short form projects. One of the more recent shorts, Wrigley and King, has been accepted into over 25 film festivals as an official selection. You can view the IMDB page for the film here.
Her short documentary Off-Season, is an observational documentary that follows a woman as she tends to a farm’s cows during a winter’s day. That film has screened at Emerson College’s It’s All True Film Festival (2012) and at the Farm Film Festival (2013).