Suffering from a rare eye disorder, a man convinces his estranged ex-wife to drive him back to the places from their shared past so he can see them - and her - one last time.
This narrative short film is a cinematic portrait of blindness, of vision loss and of altered perspectives on the past and memory as it overlaps with the present. As a filmmaker, blindness represents the loss of more than the primary sense through which we understand our world. It is almost a sort of death of one's self; or rather a rebirth. I draw connections between this fate and the lingering trauma of a failed relationship as experienced by two people looking back in time and re-living their shared history together. Hindsight is supposedly seen in 20/20 vision, but, like the cinematic apparatus to which I draw comparisons, it is not as objective we might like it to be or think that it is.
Furthermore, this film is my personal, road-trip portrait of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. I like to think that it captures a unique moment in time for a city in flux, as it sheds it's industrial past. Over the course of six shooting days, my cast and crew and I shot guerilla-style across a wide cross-section of the city, exploring a diverse palette of urban ruins, empty lots, highway overpasses, and riverside industrial zones – the transitory “non-places” we pass through without a thought.
The film is intended to be both an audio-visual meditation on impending blindness and a road-trip portrait of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The film utilizes aesthetic strategies of immersive-ness, verisimilitude, and self-reflexivity to engage the viewer on a more sensory level and encourage heightened viewer activity within a fixed, linear medium. The cinematic apparatus, so often considered an objective method of documenting reality that parallels the supposedly 20/20 nature of hindsight vision, is instead presented as a metaphor for the ephemeral, biased nature of vision, a sense so often taken for granted. Multi-layered soundscapes combine with a visual aesthetic that expresses vision versus deprivation to evoke a disrupted sensory experience in the viewer akin to the fragmented perspectives and disabilities within the characters.