But You Didn’t

Based on an anonymous decades-old poem of the same name. It’s said that the author was widowed and died of old age. When her daughter was organizing her remains, she discovered this poem her mother had written to her father back then, titled “But You Didn’t”.

Director’s Statement

I found this poem a few years ago on the internet and was never really able to shake it. It says so much with so little – and its brevity felt like a perfect fit for a short film. Despite its anonymous and unpublished origins, this poem has continued to find its way to new audiences, striking a chord and getting passed along. I hope this film does so too.

This was definitely the most ambitious project I’ve made — I grew up loving shorts like Chris Milk’s Last Day Dream — which cut quickly and cover a lot of ground. Films like that are fun to watch but have a TON of locations — and we were able to condense this to three days in LA. Had a nimble crew and shot on the Alexa Mini with T and C series lenses.