FRESH AIR

10min short film

Written & Directed by: Katherine Tolentino

Produced by: K.M. Glaess

Summary:

Ann has spent her life devoted to her husband Charles. But now in their old age, his ailing health has created more work than she can handle. When the opportunity arises to put Charles into a nursing home, Ann must evaluate whether to give up her role as caretaker.

Director's Statement:

This film was inspired by my Chinese American grandmother, who spent her life devoted to her husband and never seemed to desire anything more than the humble life of a housewife.

As I was raised to be a feminist and a fiercely independent woman, I have always struggled to understand my grandmother's choices. I made this film as a way of exploring her story, and in the process, I discovered her strength.

Awards & Nominations:

IFF Boston 2019 - Official Selection

FilmColumbia 2019 - Official Selection

Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2019 - Official Selection