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My producer, cinematographer, and I made HOUR ANGEL as an attempt to explore how human beings prioritize feelings of love, attachment, and fleeting moments of romance over everything else in their lives, even their own mortalities. I wondered: Could two people grow to have a deep connection without knowing anything substantial about each other? How fast could this connection be made? And could it be powerful enough to distract from something larger, grander, and potentially devastating happening around them?

I wrote a treatment for this idea and sent it to my friend Kseniya. Kseniya, a unit production manager in Russia, wrote back suggesting I read the short story by Ivan Bunin. After reading, I knew exactly what I needed to change. We decided that the best way to explicate these ideas was to form a brief encounter story that was not plot-driven, but rather slow and deliberate, where the only dramatic risk could come from becoming "too attached." My instinct was to set the story in South Florida, where I grew up. I was always interested by the relative seclusion of the Florida Keys.

Such places could serve as wonderful oases with great potential for romance. Another goal was to portray South Florida the way I remembered it in my youth, as a constantly growing international hub for Spanish speakers, especially those displaced from their native countries and cultures. I wanted the characters to represent this, to be originated from places with complex histories and national relationships. Such characters, I felt, would be most vulnerable.

Furthermore, I wanted their dialogue to, at first, appear seemingly innocuous and casual, but to ultimately lend itself to the story in ways which may question ambiguities and sharpen differing interpretations. The film's budget of $1200 was entirely funded through a chance (and fateful) discovery of a large centrifuge my late grandfather had stored in the garage, which I proceeded to sell on Ebay. With a three-person crew and the harsh and spare filmmaking climate (both literal and figurative) of the Florida Keys, the undertaking was difficult, but I hope the result leaves something with the viewer. ? ?

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