A woman's past calls her to leave an abusive relationship.

  • Jim McQuaid
  • Arika Cullen
  • Arika Cullen
  • Maxine Eloi
    Key Cast
    "The woman"
  • Monique Velasquez
  • Michael D. Jones
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    March 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    800 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Jim McQuaid

Jim McQuaid is a filmmaker and writer living in Durham, NC.

The product of a liberal education, McQuaid taught design and photography in college art departments, worked in high technology marketing and finally came to video and indie film. All while actively writing on the side.

His films, like "Me (with You)," deal with issues like love and loss, family and generations, and the promise of youth.

In addition to his personal work, he has shot films of all kinds for other filmmakers, from simple personal stories to "One Last Sunset Redux," a feature-length zombie movie. He has also worked as AD on a variety of longer projects like local indie feature "Strings." McQuaid also produces performance, training and interview videos for commercial clients to support his filmmaking habit.

He is an active member of the local filmmaking community in the Raleigh-Durham region of North Carolina, coordinating a screenwriters group, ready to help on set and always available to “do lunch.”

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Director Statement

I met Arika Cullen in a local screenwriters’ group where I also encountered her concise and riveting script for "Diamond." I was delighted and challenged when she invited me to direct this short film. With imagination and the help of several strong women, I believe the result is worthy of the author’s work.

If a short film is not personal it risks being an imitation. Indie filmmakers face many obstacles but need to seize the freedom to express a truly personal vision of the world, free from stylistic conventions expected by the mass market.