What defines a father is what he leaves behind

A cinematic personal essay that entrancingly explores the complexities of a father searching through his past to find the legacy he will someday leave his son. Havener skillfully cultivates his story by blending film techniques, style and media to uniquely unfold the essential desire of wanting to leave behind something great – a yearning felt deeply within the most ambitious of us all.
- Moving Pictures Magazine





An ordinary father wants to leave an extraordinary legacy and sets out to revisit his father’s past in hopes of helping his son face the future. Set in Eastern Kansas, it’s a story of regret, of reconciliation and of hope, exploring the complex relationship between a father and son.


Study Guide & DVD

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Free Study Guide >>

We’ve created a study guide to help you reflect on these universal themes and more. Email marc at resonatepictures [dot] com and I’ll reply with a digital copy. The film has been divided into 3, 3 minute sections. Each clip has it’s own set of discussion questions, spurring you to reflect on a particular topic alone or in small groups. In addition, we have a 1 week and a 3 week sermon outline suggestion, allowing you to show the film and teach on the topics all at once or as a series.

A father plays a critical role in the lives of his children. This film explores the complexities of that relationship in 9 short minutes. As sons, we sort through the good and the bad of what our dad transferred to us, striving to let go of any regret and bitterness while pursuing the freedom that forgiveness brings. As dads, we give it our best, but sometimes our best seems remarkably average. We are commonly afraid the wrong things will stick, hoping the good things remain. May this film and study guide be an encouragement to fathers everywhere.

Options >>

After 2 years touring the world on the festival circuit, the film is available for free to watch online. For $5 you can download a digital copy of the film to use with the small group study guide. A message outline is also available. Purchasing any of these options gives you permission to use the film within your organization.  I realize you can easily play the vimeo version pretty much anywhere, but it will feed my kids and fish if you make the purchase. A hard copy of the DVD is available for $10, including shipping. Or get 20 DVDs AND the digital download for $100. The DVD comes with extra features, including a featurette giving a heartwarming look at the Father and son’s relationship 2 years after the film was shot.

Listen to a Father’s Day sermon that built the message around the film.  It’ll stir your heart. By Dan Deeble of Heartland Community Church.

Suggested Uses >>

  • Small group discussion starter
  • Sermon illustration
  • Develop your staff
  • Show it at a conference
  • Mens retreat
  • A gift to fathers on Fathers Day
  • Counseling session discussion starter
  • Watch as a family

Purchase DVD >>


$10 DVD – Includes shipping and bonus features


$5 Digital Download – Available as one movie file or 3 separate clips to be used with the study guide


$100 20 DVDs + Digital Download
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*for discounted bulk purchases as low as $2 per DVD, contact me.  Think about a giveaway for a Father’s Day service.


Marc spent 10 years in Hollywood doing Assistant Director work on films including Pirates of the Caribbean, Fun With Dick & Jane, and 21. (Full list here)  He returned to his Kansas roots to launch Resonate Pictures and take advantage of free babysitting. AND WHAT REMAINS is his first film and has been invited to over 45 film festivals around the world, winning 12 awards.  Next up is a documentary about a man and a 17 year dream to bring a rock musical to life.  The corporate division of Resonate is saving the world one training film at a time with story driven training that has been getting national attention from Fast Company magazine and Fox News.  In addition, he’s investing in future filmmakers through teaching Video Production in the Dept. of Design at KU.  Marc lives in Lawrence with his wife Jenea (co-writer on the film, more of her writings are at, 3 children and a fish named Sherron Collins III.


The Music

Original music for the film composed by Josh Garrels.  The AND WHAT REMAINS track can be found on his album Lost Animals and purchased on iTunes.  Listen to it now.

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Josh’s latest album Love & War & the Sea In Between can be downloaded for free at