Produced by Shaina Holmes and I during our senior year at Ithaca College, Reference (2001) is a narrative short film about an undocumented Brazilian woman living in upstate New York who is forced to re-examine her history with her father when she learns about his passing. At the same time, an American college student receives a package in the mail containing the last memories of his grandfather’s life, a holocaust survivor.
I shot Reference on 16mm and the transfer that you see here is definitely SD (Standard Definition) — so please, forgive me for the image quality. Still, it’s nice to see that in some ways, my political and artistic interests have been coherent for a while now. The film stars Jared Zeus and Gabriela Oliveira.
The attached poster was designed by Oleg Jelezniakov.