Where the Stars Look Different is a coming of age story about two teenage girls from rural Texas spending their last day of summer together, and the impact that one girl’s immigration status will have on the future of their relationship.
While in Texas casting for a commercial shoot I was lucky enough to meet Olga just as she was finishing her senior year of high school. Olga is a Dreamer who was brought to this country at a young age, huddled under blankets in the backseat of a truck. She is a brilliant young student who was not afforded the same opportunities as her peers because of her immigration status. Together, we set out to make a film that hopefully shows audiences a more human side of the issue.
Neither Olga nor her co-star Lexi had never acted before, but I saw that both of them had incredible presence on screen and a willingness to share a vulnerable, honest portrayal of themselves with the world. We wrote a script that was sparse on dialogue and heavy on improvisation. Many of the scenes were workshopped as we shot, honing and crafting the dialogue both on location and in the edit to create a film that felt authentic and gave a nod to who these two girls are, incorporating some of their own stories and personality traits into their characters, and blurring the lines between documentary and narrative filmmaking. We shot the entire film on location, and only used natural light.
Written and Directed by
Director of Photography
Editor – Daniel Addelson
Mixing and Sound Design – Ben Tomastik
Colorist – Beau Leone
Color Facility – Framestore
Senior Color Producer – Andrew McClintock
Title Design – Justin Hamilton
1st Assistant Camera – Phillip Sheldon
2nd Assistant Camera – Louis Watt
Camera Utility – Ryan Bovee
Locations – Jose Hernandez
Production Coordinator – Max Robertson
PA – Tyler Bryce
Location Sound Mixer – Robbie Cluck
Wardrobe Stylist – Rachel Jones