The Final Gift | A Documentary Film

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About the filmmaker

One night in 2003, Therese Bartholomew woke to the devastating news that her beloved younger brother Steve had been shot and killed. Debilitated by depression, facing bond hearings and trying to keep her new marriage afloat, Therese worked through her grief the only way she knew how: by setting out to meet the person behind Steve’s untimely death.

Today Therese holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is a frequent speaker on the subject of restorative justice; author of a memoir, Coffee Shop God (2009); and the first filmmaker in more than two decades to have brought cameras into a South Carolina prison.

Therese lives in Charlotte, NC, with her husband Doug and three of her six children.