MacArthur Fellow and poet Heather McHugh is collaborating with with filmmaker Adam Larsen to create UNDERSUNG, a feature-length documentary film project.

UNDERSUNG follows several long-term (decade or more) principal caregivers of severely disabled family members—before, during and after their one week CAREGIFTED retreats. (CAREGIFTED provides a week’s relief to the weariest such caregivers.)

Below is the trailer of the final film, which premiered in Vancouver, CA at the DOXA Film Festival. 

What do we most need for life — food & shelter? Love? Four spirited caregivers, Ramona, Marina, Claire and Craig, explore the very limits of human need and in the process show us something limitless.

Here, we share additional footage collected while filming. 

We dedicate UNDERSUNG to the caregivers, artists and major donors alike– all of whom are making this dream a reality — and this reality a dream.

Every donation is a blessing. The givers are gifted.