STATUS: Completed. Festival Circuit.
Role: Director, Writer, Producer, Editor
Filmed for Los Angeles County Museum of Art "Veterans Make Movies" Program.
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10378888/?ref_=nm_knf_i2 Synopsis: Catching up with beers and a bonfire - some Veterans find home isn't home for themselves or those they fought for.
Pre-Production, Production, & Post: May - June 2019
Opening scene: Symbolize unwanted ideas or thoughts and it is time to get rid of current perceptions.
Title Meaning. Fifty represents the current Fifty states in the United States of America, while the Five represents the inhabited territories owned by the United States.
The Fire can symbolize knowledge and wisdom, but also rebirth. Fire can consume or provide warmth and is also a place of stories and the passing of said stories from generation to generation.
The land and the sea in the film represents arriving home but also feeling at a distance from home. Those who have sought this place (United States) as a home and those who have fought to defend it.
The lone chair between the characters is those who have gone MIA, KIA or have taken their own lives for the sake of freedom- civilian or veteran.
The empty chair symbolize the narratives of unheard, missing, and Veterans who have passed on.
Throughout the film, the ocean sits in the background to show the divide between home and a foreign country.
The sound of the boat is a reference to those who arrive by ship or want to call this place home.
All the actors are Veterans. Pete served in the U.S. Navy. Delis and Kayleb served in the U.S. Marines.
In the final shot, the audience finally see the "home" they fought for and what their service symbolizes.
The plane at the end symbolize Veterans leaving and arriving home and possibly still dealing with those emotions.
The fire represents a burning desire and emotion unheard.
Rip-its are an energy drink given to many branches of service deployed overseas.