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Synopsis: After the sudden death of her parents, a young girl finds a portal to an alternate world in which they are still alive and must choose whether to live with them or stay with her brother.



Run Time

20 minutes


Lead Fox (Emily)
Jeffrey C. Brown (Ned)
Jon Maxwell (Norman)
Maya Sayre (Rose)

Directed by

Hadley Hillel

Produced by

Aaron Keteyian
Ethan Seneker

Edited by

Troy Charbonnet

Production Designer

Marc de Bertier

Director's Statement

As an only child, I’ve always been terrified of the death of my parents. I spent my childhood fixating on that fear and trying to imagine what would happen if I lost them, so for my thesis film at Chapman University it felt like it was finally time to come to terms with it. I was especially interested in exploring what could happen if I discovered an alternate world where my parents were still alive. What would I say? What would I do? And most importantly, would I stay with them there if it meant I could never see anyone from the real world again? Ultimately, I hope our film helps to start a bigger conversation about grief and how it manifests itself differently in different people.

Director's Bio

Hadley Hillel grew up in Seattle, Washington and made his first film at the age of 7. Now 23 and a recent graduate of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, Hadley has written and directed over 20 short films that have been shown in 35 national and international film festivals, won more than twenty-five jury and audience awards and most recently earned him the ‘Directing for Drama’ Student Emmy at the College Television Awards 2017.

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