The Key To The Kingdom

Emma falls asleep by a tree. She remembers a day in the park with her father Marvin, after he left her and her mother. Emma is still mad and disappointed and doesn’t hesitate to show it. She runs away and meets Hannah, who sends her back to the tree. After waking up Emma needs Hannah to remind her where she is, to realize what her memories tried to tell her.

  • Sarah Kaufmann
  • Sarah Kaufmann
  • Jorchual Gregory Vargas
  • Sarah Kaufmann
  • Martta Rebekka
    Key Cast
  • Raven Miles
    Key Cast
  • Spencer Belko
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 17, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    600 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    RED Scarlet
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Director Biography - Sarah Kaufmann

Sarah Kaufmann is a German director, editor and graphic designer, who moved to Los Angeles in early 2015. She studied two semesters of Acting for Film at the New York Film Academy and is a current AFA Filmmaking student, graduating in September 2017. Her love for directing, writing and editing founded its roots early on, she had always an eye for story and storytelling. This project means a lot to her on a personal and professional level and she is very thankful and astounded by her cast and crews talents and hard work.

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Director Statement

This film is focusing on two subjects that I feel need more exploration, father-daughter relationships and coping with loss. I am personally connected to both subjects through experience, and I feel that the whole world has to deal with them, though no one really talks about it. I wanted to make a movie that reaches and touches people on a personal level that they rarely open up about.

Everyone has experienced loss, be it a family member, a pet or just someone you look up to. Supporting others that have lost someone, or going through it yourself, it’s hard to know what to do and how to deal with all the different feelings that come up in times like that. I wanted to showcase one of the many sides of this, and a person that not only has to deal with the loss of the person, but also the loss of opportunities to make things right. I experienced this first hand, losing someone before being able to make up for lost time and bad feelings. It’s a horrible feeling and you feel like it will never leave your consciousness, though once you realize that despite your actions, they knew you loved them, it gets better.

Father-daughter relationships can mean endless, unlimited love and protection. A mutual feeling of that special connection to the biggest and most reliable guardian in the world, to the little angel that no one will ever get away with hurting. Though the truth of the world is that these kind of relationships are rare and that usually that strong bond is chapped by other factors. In this case the father and mother decided to separate and Emma, the daughter, decided after many fights and overheard discussions between her parents, that her father was the wrongdoer and sided with her mother. She locked out her father, as he locked them out of his life. I think this happens in many families and is something worth talking, or making a movie about.