Booth by the Window: Runaway

After an argument with her mother, 15-year-old Clara runs away from home and finds herself at the seemingly normal Crossroads Diner. The diner’s magic is revealed when Robin, the diner’s all-knowing server, shows Clara what her life would be like if she stays a runaway. In this alternate reality, Clara steps into the shoes of what it’d be like to be a waitress at this diner for the rest of her life, free of the pressures of life outside.

"Booth by the Window" is a web series created by The CU Denver Film & Television Program. The series features six episodes that focus on different characters who encounter a diner that helps them through a crossroads in their life. An exploration of magical-realism in storytelling and filmmaking techniques, "Booth by the Window" is a drama in the vein of "Twin Peaks" with the ominous whimsy of "Welcome to Nightvale".

  • Santiago Jimenez
  • Rachel Sochinski
    Series Creator
  • Rachel Sochinski
  • Austin Baier
    Assistant Director
  • Trey Daub
  • Amadeus Bennett
    Director of Photography
  • Amadeus Bennett
    Camera Operator
  • Emilee Blakely
    Camera Operator
  • Ellie Grapham
    Production Designer
  • Liam Wallman
  • Stevenson Sakalian
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Drama, Magical Surrealism, Surrealism, Anthology, Webseries, Series
  • Completion Date:
    May 10, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Colorado Denver
Director Biography - Santiago Jimenez

Santiago Jimenez was born in Bogota, Colombia and came to the United States in 2010. Having moved countries at a young age helped spark his love for film as it is a universal language that brings people together. His goal is to be a filmmaker who tells stories with unique narrative structures that unite us regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or language, amongst other social barriers. He wants to tell stories that end up making people want to grow as individuals after watching his work.

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Director Statement

"Runaway" is the pilot episode of the web series "Booth by The Window".
After a fight with her mother, Clara, a 15-year-old runaway ends up at a magical diner. The all-knowing being and diner server, Robin, helps her realize she needs to go back home to her mother by transporting her into a magical realm where she sees what life would be like if she stays as a runaway. The heart of the story is the stage in youth where the yearning for independence pushes against a lack of life experience needed to gain that control.