SHORT FILM: ‘The Art of Forgetting’ by Sara Johnson


Our ‘Women Film-Makers’ segment wants to try to showcase the work of budding women directors. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be making films as a profession, or submitting them to festivals, you can submit something you made for a school project, or just lil experimental stuff you’ve shot by yourself or with friends. All we need is a bit of writing about yourself and the film, and a working YouTube/Vimeo link. Click here for more details on how to submit.

Hi, my name is Sara Johnson. For my high school film literature class, we were assigned to create a trailer for an imaginary movie of our own. My friend Stephanie and I had a whole lot of fun with our trailer. We incorporated many of our favorite movies like Palo Alto, Electrick Children, The Virgin Suicides, and Ginger and Rosa, into our trailer and took a lot of inspiration from them. Being a photographer, I loved this assignment because I got to focus more on the overall aesthetic and the individual shots opposed to a detailed plotline and dialogue. I wanted to incorporate a lot of overlays to create a colorful and dreamy vibe. The synopsis of the “movie” is about this young girl named Phoenix Summers who has a rare condition in which her memory only lasts for 24 hours. Therefore, living in a temporary world, she tries to live each day to the fullest and tries to find the meaning of life. The video was edited by my sister Rena Johnson (SQ contributor), who also played Phoenix.

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  1. Wow. This is incredible. I recognised a couple of the scenes from the films you mentioned above, like the whole Sofia Coppola ‘teenage girl staring out of the car window wistfully’ but the overall impression I got from it was that it was made with passion and was a lot of fun! Great job.


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