Synopsis: René gets far more than she expected she when answers an ad for a portrait photographer. When René arrives at the address she’s surprised to find the building is actually a small clinic and what she thought was an apartment unit is a room number. Inside she meets Jaz and the true nature of her job comes into focus; she’s been hired to take portraits of Jaz with her dying infant. Unable to find a graceful way out of the situation, René photographs Jaz with her child and in doing so the two women quietly form an intense connection that unsettles and transforms them both.
About the Filmmaker: J.D. Shields is an award-winning writer/director from Atlanta, Georgia. An alumna of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, she’s developed projects with Emmy-nominated show-runner Leslye Headland and Marsai Martin’s Genius Entertainment. She is a Story Editor on ‘Emperor of Ocean Park’ (MGM+) and Staff Writer on ‘The Company You Keep’ (ABC). She earned her MFA in Screenwriting & Directing from Columbia University, and holds a BA in English & Theater from Vanderbilt University.
This film is showing in the Emerging Talent shorts screening at The Forum Auditorium on 19th November at 12:45.
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