The Importance of Finding the Other

"The Importance of Finding the Other" is the story of a young, biracial girl named Iris who sets out to discover what it means to be an "other." Along her way, she encounters a pair of immigrants, a homeless veteran, and a transgender female who all bring some piece of the definition to light.

  • Marcey Frutchey
  • Marcey Lynn Frutchey
  • Marcey Lynn Frutchey
  • Aaliyah Purdy
    Key Cast
  • Elizabeth Kitsos-Kang
    Key Cast
  • Stan Kang
    Key Cast
  • Linus Smith
    Key Cast
  • Nayab Hussain
    Key Cast
  • Fabiolla da Silva
    Key Cast
  • Clarance VM Fletcher
    Key Cast
  • Jessica Daniels
    Key Cast
  • Umit Gulsen
    Director of Photography
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Coming of Age, Women, Diversity, Family, Children's
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 2, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 17, 2017
  • Rosebud Film Festival
    Arlington, VA
    United States
    January 26, 2018
    2018 Rosebud Award
  • SR Socially Relevant Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    March 20, 2018
    NY Premiere
  • 6th Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival
    Korea, Republic of
    Asia Premiere
    Best Excellent Short Film Prize
  • I Am Other
    Fairfax, VA
    United States
    April 14, 2018
  • DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
    Washington DC
    United States
    May 13, 2018
  • Lakefront Film Festival
    Columbia, MD
    United States
    July 28, 2018
Director Biography - Marcey Frutchey

Marcey Lynn Frutchey has been an independent filmmaker for over 15 years.  Having spent the last few years making corporate and government web videos (check out:, she's dipping her toe back into the narrative world.  Graduating with an MFA in Film Producing from the University of Southern California in 2009, Marcey is excited to finally bring the story of Iris to the big screen.

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Director Statement

Growing up biracial during the '80s and '90s, I was often confronted by the word "other." It was a time before there was an option to choose two or more, a time when race was still trying to conform to a neat and tidy little box. But with time, things changed and the boxes spread. The other seemed to fade away, until now.

Recently, as I was filling out a job application, I went to select gender and found male, female, and other. There it was again - the other. That one little word still had the power to shake me. It affected me on a primal level, bringing back all of those feelings of separation, of not belonging, and my heart went out to those who were now challenged by it.

"The Importance of Finding the Other" is a journey to discover humanity. It seeks to let go of the boxes and classifications that divide us and instead embrace the human core that unites us.

We are all others.