Inclusion StatementLed by a female writer, director, producers, and director of photography, SIGN will not only include men and women from different ethnic backgrounds and diverse voices but will also explore a deaf character navigating this unapologetic world.
About The Project
Told in a non-linear fashion, SIGN will keep the audience intrigued as we follow a suicidal man's last day, but a chance encounter with a deaf woman changes everything. Recalling on an event that leads to this point, the night ends with a sign that gives us hope – maybe life is worth living. Maybe there is a reason we exist. Maybe there's a reason for us to be where we are at this exact moment.
Maybe the world works in mysterious ways, whether its spiritual or scientific, there are forces that guide our lives for both the bad and good.
Our lives are separate, but sometimes we intertwined for good reasons.
Tonight, he saves a woman’s life, but in actuality, she saves him.
I've always found the paths we fall in, or choose, as humans fascinating. How one small action can change the course of someone’s life. Our memories, experiences, things we say and do shape us into who we are, and sometimes it haunts us. We all come from different backgrounds. We’re all connected, somehow. My hope is this is a compelling story that will open a discussion, and give one pause when interacting with strangers. Because let's face it, we need a little more kindness and hope in this world.
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With any short film production, there will always be risks and challenges.
However we have surrounded ourselves with a strong and talented crew, so should any problems arise, we will definitely be able to overcome them. This is a huge passion project for everyone involved.
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Van, Geeta, and McKensie
**Promotional video shot by Sandra Valde and edited by Barrett Thomas**
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About This Team
Van B. Nguyen – Writer / Director
A first-generation Vietnamese-American, born in Oklahoma, raised in Houston, Van started her film career in Austin, TX. She’s self-taught and climbed the ranks in production becoming an accomplished assistant director, all while writing. She’s been fortunate enough to work closely with producers, DPs, and directors to develop her skill set. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Sandra Valde-Hansen – Director of Photography
Born in Miami, Florida to a medical family of first-generation Filipino immigrants, she received a BFA in film from FSU, and an MFA from the prestigious American Film Institute. She has over fifteen independent feature credits and currently resides in Los Angeles. When she’s not shooting, Sandra teaches in the cinematography department at AFI.
Geeta Bajaj – Producer
Hailing from Austin, TX, and an alumni of The University of Texas, Geeta currently resides in Los Angeles. After years of experience working closely with production companies, and climbing the ranks to coordinate multi-million dollar projects, Geeta has become a young, accomplished producer. She has multiple features, shorts, web series, and documentaries under her belt. She’s looking to add another.
McKensie Wallesen – Producer
A University of Texas alum, currently residing in Los Angeles, McKensie started her career in Austin, TX. She started out on set, eventually transitioning to accounting on various network TV shows. With her production and accounting experience, McKensie looks to combine her skill set as a producer.
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