How You Return
How You Return
You & I
True love will find you, babe
TRUE LOVE WILL FIND YOU, BABE
Pandora’s box of online dating has exploded… and now astronaut cowboys and seductively monstrous femme fatals have no other choice than to search for love in its twisted pandemonium. To swipe or not to swipe? This video encapsulates the enticing, aggravating, wacky, and humorous nature of "dating" in a deceiving digital world.
Praised for their crooning, scoffed at for their bird brains.
Gawked at for their feathery flair, mocked for being robotic government spies.
Smelly, pestering, invasive, disease-bearing worm-eaters!
Hatched from spoiled eggs and pushed out of their nests prematurely.
What's the word, baby bird?
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HOW YOU RETURN
Awarded Jury Award at Cinepoint Film Festival (2019)
Our headspace is our home; a compartmentalized space in which we harbor and repress memories in attempt to protect ourselves and sanctify our sanity. We invite people into our mental space just as we seal our doors to block them out. Sometimes, despite our diligent efforts to do so, we cannot control what (or who) enters our head. We falter into a cyclical trap of remembering the very memory we wish to forget.
The way in which you return, it's as if you never left.
YOU & I
Screened at Cinepoint Film Festival (2017)
The main motive behind this project revolves around the idea that we, as humans, are constantly reinventing ourselves based on our interactions with others. On a daily basis, we wake up a different person from the day prior, even if the change is only minor and perhaps subconscious. We change for the better; we change for the worse. On some occasions, we take note of an admirable trait in someone else and make a conscious effort to obtain that trait for ourselves. In other cases, the traits of someone else become characteristics of our own, due to a great deal of time spent in their company. As stated in my project, “You are a piece of me, just as I am a piece of you”, our relationship with everyone we ever cross paths with is one that is reciprocal and ultimately built upon the creation and exchange of stories.
Screened at Cinepoint Film Festival (2018)
Friday night — for us, for now, but not forever.
This film is a documentation of a Friday night I had shared with friends — some old, some I had just met for the very first time — and even more so than a genuine account of that one night, it's a reflection on how I've been feeling about my college years coming to an end. Before filming, I found myself sitting down at my friend’s dining room table on a weeknight, eating junk food in our pajamas, talking in the dimness of 10 PM. In that moment, however simple it may have been, I felt extremely fortunate to have friends that I could call up spontaneously. I realized at that time, as in many instances before, that I won’t always have that opportunity. Whether we’re getting ready for a Friday night spent in good company or getting ready for the rest of our lives post-graduation, these moments are fleeting. The youth we manifest is only temporary. With time, relationships will likely wander and ultimately never be the same. In these very moments, I can’t help but listen to the voice in my head that quietly whispers, “Savor this. Remember this.” Friday night — for us, for now, but not forever.
ASSEMBLE WITH CARE; HANDLE WITH CAUTION
Awarded Jury Award at Cinepoint Film Festival (2017)
I am the night and the night is alive; streams of neon swallow the sleeping. Where does my mind drift when no eyes are watching? Who does my mind belong to when I have no control?
of the endless worlds,
i wonder which one i'm living in
A summer away.
The footage and audio woven into this project were gathered during my time spent this summer living in Washington, D.C., a place initially foreign to me. I moved states away into the bedroom of a condo belonging to a couple I had never met prior to move-in. This documentary serves as a visual and auditory mode of self-reflection, a glimpse in the form of a momento into the mental, emotional and physical space I resided in for three months.