The world has come to a full stop, even more so for Miles. Each day without her reminds him of the emptiness of his life, a void he begins to fill with alcohol and drugs. As he slips further and further into an abyss, Miles must decide whether to continue to drown himself with the past or finally move forward.

  • Grant Penrod
  • Grant Penrod
  • Hanah Chang
  • Grant Penrod
  • Aaron Evans
    Key Cast
  • Abigail Hendricks
    Key Cast
  • Tyra Grove
    Key Cast
  • Bryan Casallo
    Executive Producer
  • Cain Camacho
    Executive Producer
  • Antonio Konja
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    March 29, 2023
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, VHS
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Director Biography - Grant Penrod

As a Chicago-based filmmaker, Grant Penrod has dedicated many years to honing his cinematic skills. With a reputation as a lighting expert, he has expanded his expertise to take on the roles of Writer, Director and Director of Photography. Possessing a deep understanding of the vital role that lighting and cinematography play in storytelling, Grant's extensive knowledge and passion for the art form inform his approach to creating films that are relatable, evocative, and visually striking. Known for his use of strong visual languages and stylized lighting, Grant's upcoming film Dependent promises to showcase his unique style and approach to storytelling.

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Director Statement

As the Director and Cinematographer of this poignant film, I am delighted to share the story of Miles, a young man navigating the complexities of heartbreak and the raw human emotions that come with it. Drawing from my personal experiences, Hanah and I crafted a script that speaks to universal themes and is relatable for all audiences. The lead role of Miles was written specifically for my friend and musical colleague Aaron Evans, who brings a unique energy and depth to the character.

My approach to this film was driven by a keen attention to detail, drawing inspiration from my personal apartment to inform the best times of day for lighting. I expertly utilized my passion for lighting to immerse the audience in Miles' experiences. Using both digital and VHS cameras, I created a nostalgic, memory-like feel that places the viewer directly in Miles' thoughts. I was inspired by Suzie Lavelle's work on the Hulu show Normal People, particularly her use of intimate camera angles and naturalistic lighting to create an immersive and emotionally charged viewing experience. Incorporating these techniques into my own work, I aimed to capture the raw emotions of the characters and transport the audience into their world.

The journey to create this film was not without its challenges. Fundraising was a difficult hurdle, but the support of the cast and crew who donated their time to the project was invaluable. Scheduling was also a challenge, but working with a talented crew and cast, many of whom are my friends or connections within the Chicago film scene, was a truly rewarding experience.

This film holds a special place in my heart. It was created with the support and belief of a dedicated cast and crew. Despite some delays during filming due to the inclusion of VHS footage from different periods of the year, we persevered to create a heart-wrenching, emotional journey that will resonate with audiences on a personal level. I am honored to present this film and hope it leaves a lasting impression on all who watch it.