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Somewhere Between Freedom and Protection, Kansas

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  • Film made while attending:
    Univeristy of Kansas Undergraduate, Film Studies
    Canon 1DC, Vintage Pentax Prime Lenses
    Software Used:
    Adobe Premiere, Davinci Resolve
    Film was submitted to following Schools:
    NYU Tisch
    UT Austin
    Boston University
    Columbia University
    Were you Accepted?:
    Director Statement
    "Somewhere Between Freedom and Protection, Kansas" is about the exodus of young people from rural Kansas communities. In 2011 I took a job as the editor of a small town newspaper, primarily because it seemed like an adventure but hoped it would inform my work as a filmmaker.

    In the hundreds of news and features I wrote at the newspaper, I found many were closely tied to young people and a growing sentiment that, once having left, most would never return. I wrote "Somewhere" as a film mediation on one young person and this trend of rural exodus'.

    The film is about isolation, loneliness, distance and the weight of family-centered communities on young people. Much of the themes and visual ques in the film stem from my personal experiences and impressions of these communities.
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Recent Reviews

  1. Attila Tóth
    "cinematic style"
    First ____Sorry for my bad english :) Great camera work, Good audio, Cinematic style edit, The direction and screenplay are very good___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. Christopher Sampson
    "Poignantly beautiful"
    A gorgeously shot exploration of an individual's choices and the impacts this will have. As someone who has moved away from home, I was touched by its honesty and poetic truth. Perfect choices of music, and the film breathes with life, authenticity and sincerity. Respectful, Intriguing, utterly beautiful.
      pattieclem likes this.
  3. dvxdm
    Somewhere Between is a beautiful film. I was fascinated by how the director used images and sound to vacillate between serenity and ennui. As someone who comes from a family-centered community, this film struck a chord with me. Would love to see more.
      pattieclem likes this.