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Synopsis: When 11-year-old Hayden finds a forgotten handheld camera in the junk room upstairs, his single mother is forced to reckon with a past she has tried to keep from him.

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12 minutes


Jordan Gosnell
Emery Oswald

Directed by

Pisie Hochheim
Tony Oswald

Produced by

Brandon Colvin
Nora Stone

Edited by

Tony Oswald
Pisie Hochheim

Director's Statement

Handheld explores our sister’s complicated response to the moment her son found a forgotten relic related to her past. Our nephew plays a version of himself in a fictionalized narrative based on true events, featuring actual archival footage. We wanted to highlight the gap in communication that exists between a mother and child. How does she protect him from the pain of learning too much?

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@pisiehochheim & @tony_oswald

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