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Fish Story

A grieving father and daughter struggle to connect, until the young girl discovers that Mom has returned...as a fish. Fish Story is a playful short drama about processing loss, featuring original music by Hope for Agoldensummer.

  • Annique Witdoeckt
  • Annique Witdoeckt
  • Martha Frances Williams
  • Nabil Viñas
  • Annique Witdoeckt
  • Nabil Viñas
    Key Cast
  • Carla Giosan
    Key Cast
  • Bari Hyman
    Key Cast
  • Tarek Hefny
    Director of Photography
  • Hope For Agoldensummer
    Original Score
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    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 28, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Annique Witdoeckt

Annique has written and directed short films and has worked as
producer and production designer on award winning independent
films. She is a former instructor of film studies, filmmaking and
screenwriting. Inspired by the universal resonance of myths and
folktales, she strives to balance qualities of playfulness and depth
in her storytelling.

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Director Statement

After losing my father unexpectedly in 2001, I found myself propelled into a decades’ long journey of grief and healing, leading ultimately to a lingering fascination with what comes after this life and a certain irreverence toward social norms around death and dying. With Fish Story, I wanted to show that grief can be heartache and sadness, but also deep connection. It can be full of moments of play and light. I also wanted to point to the way that children hold more room for the mystery of it all. They are especially brilliant at staying present with their feelings around death, and they seem to know that form is fluid and that loved ones are never really gone – that they are still here with us.