Today we are so excited to release another short film from our archive, One Short Sleep Past.
Philosophy is fun and deep, but a picture is worth a thousand words. I wanted to use film to take amorphous ideas to ground them through the medium of film.
One Short Sleep Past sprung out of a discussion between me and my friends. We asked each other: very specifically, what would you do with your final day? I mentioned eating a good meal. Others wanted to make sure their legal and financial paperwork were in order for their loved ones. Still others mentioned taking a long bath just to appreciate a silent moment alone.
As our imagination waned, we pulled inspiration from our direct experiences with our grandparents. I distinctly remember how my grandfather wanted to die in the comfort of his home and not in a stale hospital bedroom. Some may say suicide is morally impermissible, but death is also very personal. This conversation materialized into One Short Sleep Past: my way of exploring agency, suicide, and family.
In retrospect, I feel as though I've learned a lot from making this movie. I showed my own grandfather this film. He's alive and well—he's even taken up a few college classes, being careful to NOT acquire enough credits so that he won't graduate to stay enrolled to keep taking classes. He told me "Neo, what the fuck is this? I'm old, and I want to live!"
Next time I make a film about similar themes, I'll probably listen to my grandparents a little bit more.
- Neo Sora