Before The Freeze

An over-stressed and newly-single mom, her daughter, their dog, and what happens when a friend comes over late one afternoon. "Before the Freeze" is available with and without burnt-in subtitles. Thank you.

  • Tenley E. Raj
  • Tenley E. Raj
  • Tenley E. Raj
  • Lizzie Corona
    Key Cast
  • Lucy Davila
    Key Cast
  • Millie Raj
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 22, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Next Actor Studio
Director - Tenley E. Raj
Director Statement

I began writing Christmas time 2022 and then produced, directed, shot, and edited the film over the next months, completing the project in April 2023. This film has, largely, been a reaction to motherhood. It is, ultimately, about fear. Constant, ever present fear. And escapism.
While the film is narrative, I am influenced by French New Wave Cinema, spaghetti westerns (love), and experimental cinema; among other sources of inspiration, which include the natural world, fauna, flora, and philosophy. Mostly, I am excited to have found my medium, and that you get to see inside my head. I hope you enjoy "Before The Freeze." Thank you.

A version of "Before The Freeze" with Spanish subtitles is in the works. Thank you.