John and Jenna discuss surfing, gluten, and… well, cancer.

“The Tide is High” is a sweet and delicate little short. It takes place almost entirely at a diner, focusing on a conversation between a young couple. At the core of the film lies a story of a man and woman struggling to deal with a cancer diagnosis– a theme that’s all too relevant to us as humans.

Similar to the films of Richard Linklater, it’s not structured like a traditional 3-act film– it’s merely a meaningful moment in this couple’s lives. The short doesn’t rely on fancy camera tricks but is focused on performance and character.