Private Project

Oh, Mighty Ocean!

Stuck within barriers of masculinity and emotional suppression, a young man tries to ignore his demons, just as his world, friends, and self, crumble.

  • Nathan Xia
    Chasing Sundance, Goodnight America, Doctors Don't Cry
  • Nathan Xia
    Chasing Sundance, Goodnight America, Doctors Don't Cry
  • Po Wei Su
    Paper Tiger, Places We Won't Walk, Hollywood Hustle
  • Jack Griffo
    Key Cast
    "Jack Carnegie"
    The Thundermans, Alexa & Katie, School of Rock
  • Peyton List
    Key Cast
    "Diane Thomas"
    Cobra Kai, Jessie, Bunk'd, The Thinning, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  • Jacob Bertrand
    Key Cast
    "Billy O'Reilly"
    Cobra Kai, Ready Player One, Rise of the Guardians, Kirby Buckets
  • Circus-Szalewski
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Espinosa"
  • Ryan Hopkins
    Key Cast
    "Andrew Bennett"
  • Coral Cataldo
    Key Cast
    "Katherine Akamine"
  • Kevin Mayberry
    Key Cast
    "Darvin Peterson"
  • Griffin Voth
    Grandpa's Long March, The Places We Won't Walk, Kill For Coco
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  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 6, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Loyola Marymount University
  • Beverly Hills Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    April 30, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    February 12, 2021
    United States Premiere
    Best Actor
  • Independent Short Awards
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    February 26, 2021
    Honorable Mention - Best Indie Film
Director Biography - Nathan Xia

Nathan Xia is an award-winning film director hailing from San Diego, California. Through his short and feature films, it is evident that Xia is drawn to telling stories about "closetedly broken people" and how their life experiences inevitably unravel the demons they must eventually face.

Asides from narrative filmmaking, Xia also directs music videos, providing him with the opportunities to experiment stylistically and create powerful visuals. Xia’s passion for music transcends music videos as he makes his own songs, tapping into the pop-rock and indie-rock sphere.

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Director Statement

There's a mental health epidemic going on in the world. Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, there is one. I just want those fighting their own internal battles to feel heard and represented. You are not alone and we will get through this, together.