Haunted by her past life, Alice Burman begins to lose touch with reality; until a series dreams and familiarities lead her to believe she might be on to something. In the search to dig up the truth about her past, Alice finds she is being watched by people who will stop at nothing to hide her secrets. The events that unfold inevitably reunite her with her long lost love, Stellan.

  • Mia Martinez
    Elo & Flo, Bella Blue, Manifesto of Surrealism
  • Mia Martinez
    Elo & Flo, Bella Blue, Manifesto of Surrealism
  • Mackenzie DeCrescenzo
    One More Thing, Liar's Dice
  • Nadia White
    Key Cast
    "Alice Burman "
    Riverdale, Charmed, He's Not Worth Dying For
  • Kevin Ferracuti
    Key Cast
    "Stellan Tomson"
    From Somewhere Else, Monochrome, Project Isotope
  • Shanna Giannozio
    Key Cast
    "Elizabeth Burman"
    Christmas in Tahoe, Limetown, The Inbetween
  • Christian Brockley
    Key Cast
    "Council Agent #001"
    Life and Death of a God, Liar's Dice
  • Micah Kelpin
    Key Cast
    Guiltless, Not a Virgin!, Molly
  • Gabriel Vill
    Key Cast
    "Council Agent #002"
  • Jonnathan George
    Director of Photography
    Elo & Flo, Manifesto of Surrealism, Pet,
  • Camila Castellanos
    Production Designer
    Beyond the Grey
  • Sebastian Valencia Chavez
    Missed Call, Cadenza
  • Andreina Sanoja
    First Assistant Director
    Manifesto of Surrealism, Pet, The Double Life of Jane Doe
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 19, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    5,600 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Arri Alexa Mini LF 4.5K
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Vancouver Film School
  • Stockholm City Film Festival
    May 25, 2023
    Best Cinematography
Director Biography - Mia Martinez

Mia Martinez is an up-and-coming Spanish-Canadian director, writer, and producer. Her passion for storytelling began at a young age, leading her to attend Vancouver Film School, where she graduated with honors, specializing in directing and cinematography.

In 2021, she wrote and directed her first short, ‘Bella Blue’. Since then, he has gone on to direct a collection of music videos and award-winning short films such as ‘Elo & Flo' and 'Pollen', which have been nominated at multiple festivals across North America and Europe. Today, Mia's focus is driven by her first feature film, which recently won 'Pitch Sessions' at the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival, making her a Telefilm Talent to Watch nominee.

While on a journey of fine-tuning her voice as a filmmaker, she loves to explore themes of human connection and memories in her work, in hopes of challenging audiences and provoking thought and discussion. Mia is moved by the world and the people around her. Her work is an extension of that.

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Director Statement

Pollen in its own way is a psychological fantasy, with elements of a period drama as we explore Alice’s dreams and flashbacks. The story’s themes entertain the idea of life after death; as well, include thematic elements of wonder, mental health, curiosity and an unusual take on love. Pollen’s narrative is primarily from Alice’s present day experience as she is torn between her two worlds and a man she knew she once loved, but has never met. As she puts pieces together from her past; she falls into an entanglement of paranoia unsure if it’s all in her head when she finds she’s being followed. As the story develops, the audience too is unsure. We learn earlier on, in a conversation with her mother that she struggles with mental health issues.

The films look is moody while stylistic, melancholy and romantic. The story is written to help people feel like they are not alone, to be curious about life. Pollen is set in two time periods; one being present day, and the other in Alice’s past life which takes place in the late 1940’s. The colour palette, production design and visuals change through the film as Alice’s emotional state develops. Her present self has lots of muted tones, darker colours and lower contrast that suggests her sadness and feeling lost in life. This turns into a more sharp, surrealistic and vivid look as she starts to take back control of her life again. Her past is brighter, and filled with warmth that creates a soft, dreamy and euphoric feeling.

Lastly, Pollen deals with beautiful but delicate moments and subject matter. While having a gritty darkness to the film, it helps show both the contrast and balance of light and darkness in life.