Private Project

Small Showers

After a funeral, a couple in mourning returns to their hotel room. Rachel, a woman paralyzed with grief, remains bed-ridden, barely speaking to her spouse. Joshua, unable to console her, takes it upon himself to collect the ashes of the deceased. Struggling to find compassion for one another, they both surrender to their individual despairs.

  • Alex Rosales
  • Alex Rosales
  • Jaap Deinum
  • Geneva Pierre-Jerome
  • David Reilly
    Key Cast
  • Lauren James
    Key Cast
  • Jason Wang
  • Journey Brown Saintel
    Casting Director
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 10, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    6,390 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - New York University
  • SOHO International Film Festival
    New york
    United States
    September 15, 2023
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Alex Rosales

Alex Rosales is an emerging hispanic writer/director. Alex grew up making short films in Miami, Florida, starting an internship in the casting department of The Beach Bum (2019), he enrolled in NYU Tisch School of the Arts to study Film & Television where he wrote and directed his debut short Small Showers (2023). He is a co-owner of the art collective oopsduck, where he became a finalist and audience award winner in the 2023 MICA UP/Start Venture Competition winning a $11,000 grant.

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Director Statement

With this short, I wanted to see how grief effects people differently, and how painful that disconnect can be, how difficult it can be to support one another when navigating your own pain and needs. As people struggle with communication, depression can be the ultimate destructive force in our relationships, the ultimate test of others empathy. With Rachel, I wanted to depict how debilitating depression can feel, the lack of movement, of words. With Joshua, I wanted to show the pain of loving someone through that, the longing for love, and the guilt for wanting that, along with the compartmentalization of emotions that often feels necessary to continue moving forward. With the quiet subtle nature of the short, I wanted to give space for the viewer to bring their own perspectives into the narrative. Is Rachel not loving enough or is Joshua not grieving enough?