Memories Of Rain

A woman must confront a manifestation of her mental illness to win back control of her mind and her memories.

  • Elizabeth Mehling
    Director
  • Najaia Combs
    Producer
  • Elliot Frances Flynn
    Key Cast
    "Ava"
  • Olivia Grady
    Key Cast
    "Paralee / The Voice"
  • Sydney Angel
    Key Cast
    "Margot Max"
  • Savannah McManus
    Key Cast
    "Young Ava"
  • Christopher Shadbolt
    Key Cast
    "Caterpillar"
  • Kati Roper
    Key Cast
    "Adelaide/Chastity, Harleen/Patience"
  • Brenna Ryan
    Key Cast
    "Nyx/Humility, Lee Lee / Temperance"
  • Victoria Navarro
    Key Cast
    "Kala/Patience, Geneva/Charity, Diligence/Viola"
  • Katie Bauer
    Director Of Photography
  • Marina Stasolla
    Sound
  • Erin Flynn
    Assistant Director
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    animation, horror, suspense, lgbt, women filmmakers, stop motion
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 9, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 8mm film
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - SUNY Purchase
  • SUNY Purchase Films at Jacob Burns
    Pleasantville, NY
    United States
    May 15, 2019
  • Jersey Shore Film Festival
    Asbury Park, NJ
    June 10, 2020
  • International Student Animated Film Animafantasia Festival 2020
    Iassy
    Russian Federation
    October 19, 2020
    Finalist - Student Animated Film
  • Toronto International Women Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    April 5, 2021
    Official Selection
  • New York Animation Film Awards (NYAFA)
    New York, NY
    United States
    June 12, 2021
    Semi-Finalist
  • FROSTBITE International Indie Fest
    Colorado Springs, CO
    United States
    December 2, 2020
    Finalist - Student Short Film
  • Beyond the Curve International Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    June 1, 2021
    Finalist - Best Student Film
  • Imagine Rain Independent Film Awards
    Saratoga, CA
    United States
    May 6, 2021
    WINNER - Best Student Short; Honorable Mention - Best Female Filmmaker
  • Beyond The Curve International Film Festival

    FINALIST - Best Student Film
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival

    WINNER - Best Animated
  • Rome International Movie Awards

    WINNER, Best First Time Director; Best Poster; Best LGBTQ Film
  • Thrills and Chills Film Awards

    WINNER, Best Experimental Short
  • Phoenix Shorts

    Nominee, Best Animated Short
  • 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival

    FINALIST, Best Animated Short
  • Medusa Film Festival

    WINNER, Best Short
  • Cult Movies International

    WINNER, Best Student Short
  • Berlin Shorts Award

    SEMI-FINALIST
Director Biography - Elizabeth Mehling

Elizabeth Mehling is a Hudson Valley-based filmmaker and editor. For the past seven years, she has directed a variety of short films that range from the experimental to documentaries and many types of narratives, usually focusing on the lives of young women, the mentally ill, and LGBT individuals. Besides directing, she has provided sound work for many shorts as well as producing and editing.

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Director Statement

It is sometimes difficult to find the language to accurately express just why this film came to be, though "insane" or "impossible" was used often in the development stages, if that helps. From the onset it provided a challenge every step of the way: not only would this be filmed once, but twice, with two "types" of actors across a surreal landscape half handmade and half generated by pure luck (and countless all-nighters). In the practical chaos of the filmmaking process, my wish was that it would bring together a wide variety of talent to fully emphasize just how universal its overall themes are interpreted - most importantly the fear and anxiety that attaches itself to the social acceptance of mental illness. I hope that all viewers feel the heart peeking through every frame, every color, every tiny detail that taps into something subconscious, something we all may share.