Ella

Left behind by the same loved one, two Asian American youth search for connection in their small Midwestern town.

Director’s Statement

The story was based on my experience trying to fit in when I was young, and I threw a friend of mine under the bus during some lunch table gossip. For me a turning point in growing up was realizing the effect I had on other people, and our responsibility to look out for one another, even when we’re feeling vulnerable or insecure ourselves. One true friend is worth a dozen people who think you’re “cool,” and often then that acceptance from the crowd is thin and conditional. It was hard to realize then, and I wanted to capture that feeling of uncertainty and insecurity.