Isolated from the outside world, a woman struggles to escape a toxic relationship with her husband. Her attempts to flee are halted when she begins to hear disturbing voices from the radio. However, she finds herself trapped in a psychological loop, reliving her past and unable to find closure.

Credits

  • AJ Smith: Director, Radioland, Dreaming is a Private Thing, Bottom Feeder
  • AJ Smith: Writer, Radioland, Dreaming is a Private Thing, Bottom Feeder
  • Lucas Ford: Producer, Natives, Buzzard, The Sunset Channel, Game
  • AJ Smith: Producer, Radioland, Dreaming is a Private Thing, Bottom Feeder
  • Leo Lee: Producer, Radioland
  • Susie Park: Producer, Tijuana Jackson: Purpose over Prison
  • Susie Park: Key Cast, “The Woman”, Spider Man 2, Blade, Level 9
  • Leo Lee: Key Cast, “The Man”, Chicago P.D., Kindergarten Cop, Swordfish, Kung Pow: Enter The Fist
  • AJ Smith: Cinematography, Radioland
  • AJ Smith: Sound Design, Radioland
  • Dan Blanck: Sound Editor and Re-recording mixer: Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
  • Joel Ides: Colorist, The Great Buster, Happy Jail

Specifications

  • Project Type: Short
  • Runtime: 5 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date: July 28, 2020
  • Production Budget: 0 USD
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Country of Filming: United States
  • Language: English
  • Shooting Format: Digital 4K
  • Aspect Ratio: 2:35
  • Film Color: Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker

Director Statement

The black and white setting of Here & Gone visually displays a world of opposite extremes. This bleak representation of current events culminates in the fears and desires of both characters. With time spent in isolation during a global pandemic, I set out to create a film with the family and equipment around me and create a world based on a dystopian projection of the future. Being half-Asian, my personal focus is to tell Asian-American stories that bring representation to the screen in a way that is casual and defies stereotypes. With life in quarantine, and the eye of the world focused on what was happening outside, I set out to tell the story of those inside reliving the same day continuously. I imagined a world where a woman justifyingly defended herself from a controlling husband, only to accidentally murder him in the process. I wanted to see into her mind, feel her guilt and create a world where she sat with the dead body and ran the events leading up to her predicament over and over. Just like the woman, having a sense of what is real is always the question. There are no answers, only interpretations.