The inspiration for this short film came from my mom’s side of the family and their ability to whistle-in-the-dark, sometimes in spite of gravity of situations. I wanted to create a story that offered a more absurdist version of this coping mechanism.
It was also important to me that the story gives the impression of being told from child’s point-of-view. “Over Dinner” is my most personal work to date, but it also takes inspiration from work such as Little Miss Sunshine, Grey Gardens, Bellissima, and Mermaids.
I developed this short film, which included not only writing, directing and editing the final work but also raising financing for it, over the course of two semesters, as part of my senior thesis for Yale's Film and Media Studies program.