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The COVID-19 pandemic forced us all, as individuals, to make a difficult decision between completely upending our everyday lives or carrying on with life as usual. I wanted to tell the story of a young man who, like so many of us, chose a life of isolation as his new normal, because I wanted to capture the emotional turmoil that has gripped both myself and an entire generation of youth for over a year. As the great Robert Frost so eloquently expressed in his poem of the same name, no road that we take ever winds up exactly as we expect, and, when the stakes are this high, we will forever wonder about the road not taken.

Honolulu, HI, USA
My name is Ian Severino, and I am an aspiring filmmaker and a third-year student at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa). I am currently working toward a BA in Creative Media with a focus on UH Mānoa's Digital Cinema track in the Academy for Creative Media's (ACM) program. After only two years in the program, I have had the opportunity to make several of my own short films while also collaborating with my peers on an assortment of other film-related projects as well. My primary focus is on improving my skills as a director and a writer for the screen, but I remain just as eager to apply my skills, when called upon, in the areas of sound design, video editing, and cinematography. As a filmmaker, I seek to tell small, yet grand stories that also pay homage to the local culture of Hawai'i. more...

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