A teenage boy named David has a crush on his neighbor, Emily, a 28-year-old actress from a small town who came to Los Angeles to pursue her movie dream. David often uses binoculars to secretly observe her every move across the street. As time passes, Emily's behavior becomes somewhat unusual.

  • Hsiao Hsia Huang
  • Hsiao Hsia Huang
  • Michael Zapesotsky
    Key Cast
  • Rebecca Stoughton
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Chapman University
Director Biography - Hsiao Hsia Huang

Hsiao Hsia Huang is a female writer-director from Taiwan. She is currently pursuing a Film Directing program at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in the United States. She completed her undergraduate studies in English Literature at Fu Jen Catholic University. She has a penchant for incorporating reflections on traditional culture value and conflicts within the lives of ordinary individuals into her creative works. Her directed short films have been selected for prestigious film festivals both domestically and abroad, including Oscar and BAFTA qualifying film festivals.

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Director Statement

I was an English literature major back in college. After reading James Joyce's short collection "Dubliners," I was completely captivated by the idea of telling a story about an epiphany, a life-changing moment of revelation.

"Emily" is a short story that contains rich teenage emotions, much like the ebb and flow of tides. As audience members, we enter a young person's innocent world, step into their fantasies, embark on this journey, and ultimately uncover the dark side of the adult world - the suppressed anger and emotions that finally erupt.