directed by Cynthia Wade/
Every third Monday of the month, brassy Long Island, New York sisters Cynthia and Rachel open up their hair salon, called Racine, and offer free beauty services for women undergoing chemotherapy. Determined to make their customers feel beautiful, the glamour duo knows that Mondays at Racine goes beyond purple painted toes or a frothy facial. The sisters are determined to give women who are losing their hair, eyebrows and eyelashes a sense of normalcy and dignity in a traumatic and uncertain time. The story of what hair means in our culture quickly unfolds into an unexpected look at womanhood and marriage.
“Well a lot of it is knowing when to turn the camera off and put the camera down. It’s not going into a scene, not going in to a shoot day thinking, oh my goodness, this is a shoot day, this is going to cost us a lot of money so we’d better get as much as we can.”
-Cynthia Wade, director of Mondays at Racine
Issue 8: Short Films at The Oscars 2013