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Muscle Memory

Recently wheelchair-bound, Ezra discovers he has feelings for his new physiotherapist, Michael, whose influence could push Ezra out of seclusion.

  • Inda Macias Garcia
  • Inda Macias Garcia
  • Willem Jacobson
  • Andre Rahal
    Key Cast
    "Ezra Lancaster"
  • Alyssa Tavares
    Key Cast
    "Carla Lancastser"
  • Jared Arthur
    Key Cast
  • Sam Karkairan
    Key Cast
  • John Fleming
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
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  • Runtime:
    14 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 3, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,774 USD
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    Red 6K
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Director Biography - Inda Macias Garcia

Inda Macías is a filmmaker from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She is a graduate from Tecnológico de Monterrey and Vancouver Film School where she specialized in directing and cinematography. A skilled professional with a background in marketing, human resources and video production; Inda's body of work includes several short films and music videos, as well as a medium length documentary "Ruido Fronterizo”, which she wrote, edited and directed. She has a passion for storytelling, her latest short film, "Muscle Memory" was nominated for the 2020 Leo Awards under the category of Best Student Production.

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Director Statement

From the Director:

Someone close to me once told me that when they were little and they got hurt, their father would always console them by saying, "Don't worry, it's far from the heart." That's how Ezra's journey in Muscle Memory begins, his injury is in his legs but throughout the story he discovers that he is not only wounded physically, but emotionally as well.

Muscle Memory was inspired by true events and real people, both family and friends from my life. This is a film about self discovery and the challenges that come with it, coming to terms with who you truly are is never easy.

The short film is realistic but hopeful. Ezra is dealing with very real struggles: improving his health and his physical well being, isolation and seclusion, and coming to terms with his sexuality. A light melancholic and slightly romantic mood follows the theme of self-discovery and acceptance through a series of meaningful exchanges between Ezra and Michael.

Ezra’s objective is getting better physically through therapy. But beneath the surface, he is really facing up to himself and his insecurities; rediscovering who he is and accepting his sexuality. He is stuck inside his house by choice, and it’s by his choice too that he decides to come out. In late 2019, when Muscle Memory was still under production, we never imagined that the feeling of isolation and helplessness Ezra faces throughout the story would translate so well into 2020.

Muscle Memory wishes to inspire anyone who is going through their own journey of self discovery. Now more than ever, it is easy to relate to Ezra’s pain as he is left wondering what could've been, but knowing that in the end, he will be okay. We will all be.