35 Years to the Moon

35 Years to the Moon is a short film about a father's journey into grief and joy as he remembers the life and passing of his son.

  • Laki Karavias
  • Laki Karavias
  • Laki Karavias
  • Brian Hall
    Music Composition
  • Melanie C. Brown
    Production Assist.
  • Josh Robertson
    Key Cast
  • Annie Robertson
    Key Cast
  • Jacob Robertson
    Key Cast
  • Paul Bergman
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Family, Drama
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 22, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Oregon Short Film Festival
    United States
    March 4, 2017
    Best Oregon Film / Best Score
  • ARFF International // Berlin-Amsterdam-Paris-Barcelona

    Globe Award
  • Oregon Independent Film Festival
    Portland, Oregon
    Best Family Film
Director Biography - Laki Karavias

I am a Greek/American filmmaker currently residing in the Portland, Oregon.

For me, film has been a means for me to imagine unreservedly, explore bravely, confront unapologetically, question unceasingly, fail valiantly and to love wholeheartedly.

Because much of my childhood was lived cross culturally, many of the stories rattling around in my head are comprised of people, places and events that are not commonplace within American boundaries.

Prior to university, I knew I wanted to make films but then went on to be a youth worker instead. Perhaps filmmaking did not seem magnanimous enough to me. But as time has passed I have inevitably set my course back to the aspirations I had since my adolescence of one day being a filmmaker.

I think I'm here to stay.

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Director Statement

When I first set out to make a short film, I intended it to be a bit of silliness and a testament of my not taking myself too seriously. But as I began down a path of narrative whimsy, exploring topics of the imagination and borderline obsessive interests of a child, I ended up discovering a story that dealt with a heavier subject matter.

The story of "35 Years to the Moon" poured out onto paper as I started to reflect on my own childhood and my relationship with my father. Although we lived within the same four walls throughout my childhood, we were estranged.

The brevity of life is becoming clearer and clearer every day and the time we have with those we love is the most precious of gifts. My greatest hope for this film is that it draws those who see it a little closer to those they love.