He is a recent graduate of the FAMU study abroad film program in Prague, Czech Republic, and spent his summer filming documentaries in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Both his fiction and documentary films have screened at numerous festivals, including the acclaimed DC Shorts Film Festival, and he has most recently won the award for Best Documentary Film at the Washington PA Film Festival. He currently works with USA Today’s Video Production department, helping produce shows such as Daily Dish, Test Drive, and USA Now, and also works with District 7 Media creating high quality motion-timelapses, video productions, and photography. He is in the development for his upcoming thesis film, and you can connect with Richard on LinkedIn and follow his progress on Twitter/Instagram @richardtfields.
Whether it be a song, photo, or in this case a pair of shoes, we all have that special something that triggers a memory within us. Once that moment passes, it lives there in time forever as something we will never be able to duplicate. The feeling that is brought to us from those memories, both the good and the bad, was the motivation for this short film.
Although I am not close in age to the film’s main character, there is a common ideal that lies within everyone. I wanted to experiment with a coming of age story in the position of the elderly, driven by the emotions brought from triggered memories and the need for love and fulfillment. The goal was to put the audience into the mind of our main character, and the abstract sound design helped with that a lot. My close relationship with my grandmother is what enabled me to bridge the age gap to the best of my abilities, and I am extremely proud of the final film.
Having become suddenly cognizant of her age, a former flamenco dancer tries to relive her past.
Love may be one of the only things that bring both blissful happiness and dreadful sorrow. Often times the very things that draw us to a person are the same things that eventually push us away. These are the things I explore in this film. Using the same simple set of words throughout the story, I explore how the cycle of love can change the meaning of those words for better or worse. I find that ultimately, the state of our love for our partner does not begin with them, but with the love and understanding that we have within ourselves.
A man forced to continuously relive the same monotonous evening with his wife must stop at nothing to break the cycle, or risk losing his love forever.