Reel Shorts 2017

  • 21:05
  • USA
  • 2015

As a young couple arrives in Los Angeles after a cross-country road trip with all of their belongings, their car is commandeered in a police chase. They set out on a quest to get it back, but their relationship is strained to the breaking point in the process. Can they recover what they had … or have they truly lost everything?


Director’s Statement

I am an incredibly lucky person. I have a loving, supportive family. I’ve met great friends, and have had amazing opportunities … but most importantly, I have a true love. A life partner, a co-conspirator, a champion, a best friend. I feel most fully myself when I am with her, and we understand each other in ways that nobody else can. She is always there for me. And I try to always be there for her too. But I know that I’m not. And this scares me.

While I am excited and hopeful for what’s to come in our relationship and in our lives, I’m terrified of what might happen if things go wrong. What if I screw it up? What if we drift apart? And what if I can’t control any of it … I could fail, and lose all of the material things I think are important in my life, and I’d still be OK. As long as I still have the person I love with me. But losing my partner and the love that we share is the thing that scares me the most.

In my time at AFI, I learned that I tend to make movies about the things that scare me. So for me, this movie is a fantasy of what the worst case scenario might have been when I moved to Los Angeles with my partner, and what I’m scared could happen as we move into the next phase of our lives. But most of all, it’s a reminder that things are gonna get hard, and when they do, we might have to fight and do desperate, crazy things to make sure that we don’t lose what’s most important. This is a movie about almost losing everything so we can rediscover what really matters.


  • Coarse Language


Kevin Mead

  • Co-Writer/Director
*Canadian premiere*