Overnight Water

Unable to travel home across closed borders after her mother’s sudden and isolated death in China, a middle-aged immigrant named Mei grasps for consolation and connection while living alone in COVID-era New York—until one afternoon, she encounters a familiar stranger on the streets nearby. Two forms of modern homelessness collide.

  • Jasmine Ding
  • Jasmine Ding
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  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 10, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Mandarin Chinese
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - New York University
Director Biography - Jasmine Ding

Jasmine Ding was born and raised in Jiangsu, China. She recently graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, double-majoring in Film & Television Production and Cinema Studies. Before the creation of her thesis film “Overnight Water,” she has worked in the production and post production teams of various shorts and 3 features across US, China, and Europe, including projects selected by Berlinale Forum, Sundance Lab and from Cannes-nominated directors.

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Director Statement

The idea of this film was conceived when I returned to New York during the pandemic, as a combination of what I witnessed in the streets and what was happening back in China. I want to hold a lens up close to the individuals who lost their voice or momentum in this era, who would’ve otherwise gone unseen in society, and to capture their real life experiences and everyday dilemmas. I hope this project could land as a story of love and resilience that kept us together in the period of uncertainty and separation.