Coming-of-age Short Film Adventure Series (2022)

Sense of Wonder

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In a magical era without cell phones, YouTube, video games, and minute-to-minute scheduling, best friends Vernon, Russ, and Curtis navigate the wilds of childhood along their favorite Texas river.

The year is 1955 and 1979 all at once — a wondrous time when our childhood friends are decades away from knowing what a text message is or what a YouTube does. If you asked them about streaming, they'd guess it had something to do with a tube and the nearby creek.

Vernon, Russ, and Curtis live in the Texas Hill Country surrounded by rivers, creeks, and wild trails into the unknown — places where they spend almost every waking hour. Since sitting inside is their idea of torture, and something parents of the day definitely wouldn't support, the river and wilderness is their home. It's where they think for themselves, solve their own problems, explore, imagine, create, and become the ones they will become.

Friends wander through and away in our memories. Sad stories get mixed with happy ones as we look back. We know we laughed till our stomach hurt but can't remember the jokes. We still feel the sunshine but can't place the day.  We know we fought but can't remember the reasons. We remember fire ants on the tree but can't place the season.

Sense of Wonder attempts to capture what a memory looks like. The tales are told with very little dialogue in the visual, surreal style of a Terrence Malick film. We look forward to the evolution of this concept and anticipate presenting 3+ short films (installments) in Spring/Summer 2022.

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