About this submission
"Stride" was inspired by a deeply personal experience from my senior year of high school. I went from being a varsity runner with hopes of competing collegiately, to falling very ill in my last season, unable to run for the remainder of the year.
During that idle period of time I discovered my passion for filmmaking; this story mirrors my experiences, the sadness and despondency I felt during my pivot away from running, as well as the candid and supportive father-son relationship dynamic I have with my own dad as he was the one who unwaveringly kept me motivated through this difficult period of my life.
The film seeks to explore the resilient nature of the human condition in tidalwaves of adversity and grief, and through a dramatic character-driven narrative, calls on the audience to reflect upon their own bittersweet coming-to-terms with the uncontrollable.