If Only in Our Dreams

Olivia and her mother are having a heated conversation when Mom's concerning cough brings the discussion to an abrupt end. Olivia tries to make her way to her ailing mother, in what may be her final moments, only for the world around her to push back. Making it out of the house, Olivia is transported far from civilization. Now left defeated and alone, Olivia watches on as some version of herself has the conversation with her mother that she was fighting so hard to have. Waking from her dream Olivia must now rejoin the world without her mom.

  • Rodney Fleetwood Jr
  • Rodney Fleetwood Jr.
  • Ren Girad
    Key Cast
  • Larissa Kitenko
    Key Cast
  • Ren Girad
    2nd AC
  • Joshua Fink
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - The Los Angeles Film School
  • Digital Filmmaking Events

    Private Showcase
    Best Story / Official Selection
Director Biography - Rodney Fleetwood Jr

Rodney is a 15-year veteran sound engineer, and full production manager. When COVID brought about the lockdowns he found himself with no work, so he searched for a path unhampered by social distancing. He is now a student at The Los Angeles Film School—on track to graduate by the end of the year with a 4.0 GPA. In his time at the school, he has written screenplays, and filmed and edited a number of films. Two of those screenplays have won awards in competition: 2nd Place, and Best Dialogue. He is now proving himself within the world of filmmaking.

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Director Statement

This is the first film I've been able to make from start to finish. The idea for it was borne out of me being an outside observer to my wife dealing with the loss of her father, and the unquenchable desire she had to be able to tell him "goodbye." Olivia struggles for the same thing in her dream, only for the dream to not give it to her, but show her that her mom knew how she felt instead.