Directed by Brad Livingstone Black, starring Taylor Black & Charles Martins.
a note from the director:
During my final year of undergraduate studies, where I was a pre-med
student, I volunteered my spare time to the Pediatric Bone Marrow
Transplant Unit (PBMTU) of the university hospital. After graduation, I
was hired by the medical center to join a stem cell research project in
connection with that same PBMTU. The experience changed the way I think
and altered the direction of my life.
The statistics were horrible. Most of the patients didn’t survive. I
felt like a helpless soldier, under the direction of general-doctors,
fighting a war I didn’t understand. Every day new casualties lost their
lives. I watched them fall.
I remember one particular girl who became a patient. I had just turned
20 at the time and she would have been 17 or 18. It was hard to tell
from the ravages of her war. In a different world we might have been
friends or fallen in love. She had beautiful eyes. Because her illness
had moved quickly against her, she remained in possession of vanity. In
my presence she was self-conscious about the way she looked.
At night I would make rounds through the unit and watch, through the
window-walls of each room, the children and teenagers sleep. Some held
their parent’s hand. Others were alone. All of them were bald and pale
and wounded soldiers.
This short was filmed on the cliffs of Normandy in France, the stage
where a decisive battle was once fought and a war was won. ‘Les
Falaises’ translates from french to, ‘the cliffs’. Each patient I knew
during my time at the PBMTU stood on a dangerous precipice. This short
attempts to make something beautiful from something quite the opposite.
While each patient slept, I imagined them finding a world within their
own minds where the sun sets upon their choosing.
- Brad Livingstone Black