Private Project


An experimental music video that explores the nature of grief.

  • Mike Rose
  • Meagan Arnold
  • Hannah Looney
  • Hannah Looney
  • Jackie Mass
    Key Cast
  • Kathryn Rheault
    Key Cast
  • Meagan Arnold
  • Mike Rose
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Music Video, Grief, Drama, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 12, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
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  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Mike Rose, Meagan Arnold, Hannah Looney

Mike Rose is an image-maker intersecting marketing, film, and photography. His evolving work explores approaches to transforming vision into social impact. With fluency in visual language, his future goals lie in building connections between strategic storytelling and philanthropic action in human rights, environmentalism, and disabilities awareness. Residing in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, he is active within his community as a member of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), Women in Film & Video (WIFV), and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

Meagan Arnold is a documentary filmmaker and narrative storyteller based in Washington, DC. Her personal work ranges from documentaries, to experimental music videos and narrative pieces. She believes “we all have a story to tell, whether we whisper or yell.” Meagan earned the Award of Distinction in Cinematography upon graduation for her work in GMU’s Film and Video Studies program. In 2019 she attended the American Film Institute’s Cinematography Intensive for Women where she furthered her narrative storytelling through camerawork. Several of her projects have screened at film festivals throughout the region, including the Virginia Film Festival and the Shenandoah Film Collective. Her experimental work explores the intersection of music, fashion, and movement. Presently Meagan works as a camera operator and grip.

Hannah Looney is an award-winning filmmaker and writer based in Washington DC. Hannah has a heart for twisty stories at the intersection of the human condition and surrealism. She graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video Studies and has since worked in media in Washington, DC and Atlanta, Georgia. Past honors include: 2016 Emmy Award for Short Form Fiction for the webseries pilot, Through the Trees Eyes; 2017 Best of Mason Director for the music video, Gone; 2018 Best Drama Award at the Mason Film Festival for the short film, Counter Girl. She aspires to produce television and bring her skills to the small screen (or streaming app). Hannah believes that storytelling connects us with our past and drives us toward the future.

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Director Statement

Jason Cortez was a Latinx filmmaker from Virginia who directed and wrote short films for nearly five years. He worked on various short films, as well as directed his own, which went on to screen in numerous festivals around the country. Jason hoped to showcase diversity from behind, and in front of the lens to represent the many voices and backgrounds that make this artform beautiful. Jason had a preternatural knack for directing, where he seamlessly sewed his stories on the page and through connecting with his actors. Momentum//Memoriam is dedicated and inspired by Jason and his work.

After Jason's sudden and heartbreaking passing in 2021, we felt aimless in our artistic pursuits. We are at the beginning of a long process in creating art for, and posthumously with, our dear friend. Jason left behind many projects unfinished, and we bear a responsibility to complete his life’s work. We have several projects planned in the coming years to celebrate Jason and to continue his artistic vision. Momentum//Memoriam will be our first venture into creating art as a collective since he passed. We view this project as an active part of our grieving process as artists.

Although our team is working professionally in the field of film and television, it is rare that we are provided with the time, space, and budget to film our own and impassioned projects. Within our creative collective, Jason was often our director and motivator in that respect; many of our projects created post-graduation were funded and heavily collaborated on by him. Moving forward as artists in our career, we feel that we owe this project to Jason, to his family and friends, and to ourselves.