What We Were: Female Temporality In Cinema
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What We Were is a feature-length film that follows 22-year-old Lee Wallace. She returns home to El Paso, Texas after college graduation for two weeks before moving to New York to start a new life as an entry-level writer for a literary magazine. On her first night back, Lee runs into two of her old friends and, motivated by nostalgia and her fear of the future, agrees to rejoin the high school group of misfits. After a wild night of drinking and catching up, they enter in a pact to re-create experiences from their communal high school past. What begins as an innocent experiment in nostalgia soon becomes an addictive obsession as they continue to push the boundaries of memory and time. The film explores a specifically female experience of coming of age, experiencing memory, and trying to exist within a pervasively male definition of female sexuality. In addition, I address common anxieties that accompany the post-college transition period and are typical of the quarter-life identity crisis. This project embodies my unique aesthetic, which blends subtly and surrealism, and focuses on a story that is deeply infused with experiences from my own life.