The Quiet Shore

An ALS-diagnosed artist and her husband come to terms with both their diminishing time together and growing marital problems during a routine clinical visit.

Director’s Vision

Most projects I write and direct come from my own experiences. This is not one of those cases. The harrowing nature of this tale was afforded to me through a magazine article. This story, which I happened upon in college, was about a couple’s struggles in dealing with an ALS diagnosis (in this case, the man was diagnosed). Ever since, I have been unable to unsee and “un-feel” that tale. ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is essentially a death sentence, with patients succumbing to the disease in 3-5 years. This story granted me a canvas to work; a slice-of-life tale that explored universal themes I myself would learn I had little grasp on: mortality, the loss of identity, intimacy, and infidelity. This project, more than any other, became a cipher of my future. During post-production, my father died and I experienced a break-up more akin to a divorce. It is not inaccurate to say this picture is a thesis of sorts, a tale wracked with pain and grim foreshadowing but also, one of transcendental beauty.