Synopsis: Elise is fighting with her grief over the loss of her daughter, who died in a tragic accident. Her family is trying to be supportive but it only seems to get worse.
Will she drive deeper and ruin her family or turn her life around?
When writing Windows To Nowhere I looked inside my own life, the separation of a family and dealing with grief.
The story has moments in it that are based on a true story, but the death is more a metaphor to show a mother who lost her daughter.
I found this beautiful location in Long Island, NY, and was able to convince the home owner to let us shoot there,
we booked 3 additional houses for Crew and Cast, and all of us stayed there for 5-6 days.
I was broke when the shoot was over but it was totally worth it, and I had a lot of very kind friends who pitched in.
Brette Taylor, our lead actress, was the perfect choice for Elise, she really felt every emotion I was trying to express in the screenplay. I couldn’t have dreamed about a better collaboration.
Daryl Pittman, my Cinematographer, thankfully owns Camera and Lighting Gear, and came all the way up from Washington D.C. to shoot our little short film.
Daryl and I met on a Feature Film that he shot and that I worked on as a Script Supervisor in March 2019, we became friends. We went over almost every shot beforehand, and talked about the mood of the film, and he made a plan regarding lighting beforehand, which was crucial because we barely had any time to use the bathroom, since we had 34 scenes to shoot in 4 days.
Tamara Hansen was born in Germany, where she worked as a Photographer for over 5 years. In 2016 she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United States, so she moved to Brooklyn to pursue a 1 year Master Program in Fashion Photography at SVA. After graduating she decided to stay in the US and work at a Talent Agency. After a year she transitioned to work on film sets full time, and has directed her first narrative short film in September 2019, called “Windows To Nowhere”.