Private Project

There is Light in Us

Upon returning to his childhood home, a man is struck by memories and visions about the mysterious disappearance of his mother.

  • Bruce Tetsuya
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    13 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 26, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Bruce Tetsuya

Bruce Tetsuya is a Japanese director, photographer, and father. His work focuses on memory, nature, and the narrative beauty of movement. Bruce’s latest short films, In Wake of the Crashing Dawn & Aria have garnered international festival acclaim.

Bruce is also the founder of morningsea, a sustainable clothing line, and founder of The Dance of Cinema, a film publication / distribution company with 100K followers.

If he’s not on set, you can find Bruce on the tennis court, grabbing an espresso, or exploring new lands with his wife, son, and daughter. Bruce is currently in early pre-production stages for his first feature film.

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Director Statement

On the surface, this is a mystery film. But on the deeper level, it's about the ineffable feeling of being drawn to something. The house is like a lantern, and Mikael is the moth drawn to it. This is a film about our childhoods, innocence, and using memories to make sense of the world. This film is about manifestations - of fear, hope, doubt, success... And strangely enough, I finished writing this film only a couple months before my fiancée and I bought our first house and found out we were having a baby girl.