I Remember Ashes (Narrative Short Film)

  • Manoli Despines

Narrative Short Film (Drama) • Editor, Assistant Director, and Co-Sound Designer • 9 minutes Logline: Set sometime in the late 1960s, “I Remember Ashes” is the story of a young brother named Oliver and his older sister Sally who spend their summer days at their special hangout spot in the hills of the Czech Republic. Their relationship and personal ideals are tested when the two of them are forced to remedy a morbid situation. The film acts as a distant memory, an upended fairytale exploring both children’s introduction to mortality. “The surreal state of childhood perception is evoked in this beautifully captured 35mm portrait of a mischievous duo running amok in the Czech countryside.” - Edinburgh International Film Festival Awards and Accolades: An Official Selection and Winner at the 2018 Denver Underground Film Festival (Best Narrative Short, Best Cinematography, and Best Female Child Actor), and 2019 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival (Bronze Remi Award), and an Official Selection at the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival, the 2019 Woodstock Film Festival, the 2019 Capital City Film Festival, and the 2019 Centrally Isolated Film Festival. A 35mm short film made while studying abroad at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague, Czech Republic through Syracuse University and CET's study abroad program. Made with an emphasis of little to no dialogue. Along with handling most of the post-production workflow and Assistant Directing the film, I helped develop the film's story, visual strategy, and pre-production contents over the course of four months. A collaboration between peers Graham Turner (Director), Scott Sweitzer (Cinematographer), and Oriane Playner (Executive Producer and Art Director).

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    Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts

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      Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) I Prague I Czech Republic