Where Does She Go | 2019 | 5 min. | color super 16mm
Director: Huilan Xu
Screenwriter: Huilan Xu
Director of Photography: Grace George
Assistant Camera: Akesh Petal
Producer: James Giordano
On-set Producer: Abigail Hauptman
Assistant Director: Qiuyang Chen
Grip: Olivia Simon
Production Assistant: Maggie Sullivan
Gaffer: Vanessa Scarpellia
Sound Recordist: Rebeka Kashkin
Production Design: Qiuyang Chen
Set Photographer: Sam Resetarits
Editor: Huilan Xu
Sound Design: James Giordano
After learning of her sister’s death, a girl struggles to come to terms with the loss.
Where Does She Go addresses death and its relation to the living through an incidence of a girl’s mysterious demise and her younger sister’s coming to term with it. Struggling to let go, the younger girl wonders where her sister has gone. Through a journey of dreams and nightmares, she seeks the truth of mortality.
All the dreams are adapted from the dreams I actually had over the past year after my grandmother passed away. It was a real struggle to be at peace with it and Where Does She Go is the second film I have made because of her after Looking Out (2018). It is the beauty, the ambiguity, and the power of life and truth in death that motivated this film, and I am grateful of sharing this journey with all my
audiences. And finally: If love has to leave, don’t ask why it does; and if love must go, don’t ask where it will be.
This project is partially funded by Ithaca College Roy H. Park School of Communications
James B. Pendleton Student Research and Production Grant