Two brothers confront unknown foes in a wintry, dystopian world where it’s every man for himself. Won Best Narrative Short at the 2014 Florida Film Festival among other awards.
As the older of three brothers, I got an early start at directing – ordering my brothers Ethan and Noah in fierce make-believe sword fights in our basement. In many ways, this film is an extension of those childhood adventures: it is a story of two brotherse in battle against a harsh new world, and it stars my youngest brother Noah.
Over the last few years, I’ve watched Noah grow up. No longer just my kid brother, he is now one of my best friends. At its core, this is a film that imagines what it takes to grow up in a dangerous and lawless world. The story centers on a boy who still remembers what life used to be like before everything turned to ice – a childhood of birthday parties and movies and after-school cartoons. As Jem clings to his childhood, the responsibility for their lives falls to Cody, the older brother. He stays awake each night, rifle in hand, making sure they survive to see the next morning.
This is a film about a younger brother forced to grow up faster than he wants to, and an older brother who will do anything to protect the brother he loves.