“Don’t Go Outside”
A woman repeatedly wakes up alone in the desert with no idea who she is, where she and no connection to the outside world aside from a repeat phone call warning her to stay inside.
This film was my birthday present to myself and was made completely solo. (It's not as pretentious as it sounds, it was deep in the COVID days - Jan 2021, pre vaccine.) It plays with uneven pacing, awkward moments, beauty in confusion to tell a feeling as much as a story. The story explores personal themes I love to examine: self doubt, gut feelings, being trapped. It also explores more global themes: climate change, trying to solve problems, but getting it wrong, way wrong, and why it never works to put a bandaid on a situation.