SXSW 2020 Special Jury Winner
While hanging a piece of art in her new home, a woman knocks a hole in her wall, revealing what might be another room. Her mind races and unravels as she wonders what could be on the other side.
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J is trying and failing to move forward. While hanging a piece of art in her new home, she knocks a hole in her wall revealing what might be another room. Her mind races to think what could be on the other side as she continues to unravel, with the scars of old relationships keeping her trapped inside.
This left-of-center short is reminiscent of the slow-burn thrillers of the 70s, using practical effects to conjure the feelings we’re least proud of. This is a film about guilt, depression, and the feeling of stasis.
Directed and written by Janina Gavankar and Russo Schelling
Executive Produced by Janina Gavankar & Snehal Patel
Co-produced by John Trefry and James Mitchell Cinematography by Quyen Tran
Edited by Barry Goch
Original music by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Starring Janina Gavankar, Michael Ealy, Emmy Raver Lampman, and Debra Messing
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