Close Contact

When the introverted CC sets out on a quest to overcome her fear of touch, a series of unexpected encounters and experiences show her new perspectives on loneliness, intimacy, and love.

  • Hayden Gehr
  • Hayden Gehr
  • Eli Griffin
  • Derek Wan
  • Sing-Pui O
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  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    37 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Hong Kong
  • Country of Filming:
    Hong Kong
  • Language:
    Yue Chinese (Cantonese)
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Hong Kong Baptist University
Director Biography - Hayden Gehr

Hayden Gehr is an American based in Hong Kong. He is passionate about bridging cultures through art and exploring the dreams and desires of those who are silenced by society.

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Director Statement

This is a film about closeness and intimacy, which feels important these days as we emerge from a global pandemic that has presided over our lives since 2020. The pandemic isolated us in our homes, and resulted in an epidemic of loneliness and mental health issues that cannot simply be resolved by easing measures and restrictions. Around the world, people have spent the last three years living without healthy social lives, without sufficient daily human connection, and without consistent physical contact with others. Human touch, of both the platonic and romantic forms, helps us to feel seen, loved, and in sync with those around us. Without these basic needs, we can easily become depressed, anxious, and even suicidal. When the pandemic arrived, the entire connotation of hugging was changed from an act that represented kindness and appreciation to one that carries an element of risk. We have also been shut off from the emotions of others, with masks blocking the facial expressions of those around us.

In 2023, we have allegedly entered a "post-pandemic reality," but the collective memory and global trauma cannot be easily erased from our minds and bodies. We are still in the early stages of investigating what closeness and intimacy mean in this era, and how we can interact with others in caring, affirming ways after being apart for so long. I trust that the journey of the film's protagonist, as someone with a long-term fear of touch deciding to explore and pursue intimacy, will reflect the journeys that many of us go on as we learn to connect again after an extended period of solitude and distance.