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The Sea Is Blue

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A young girl falls overboard during a fishing expedition and experiences a meaningful undersea adventure in this stop motion animation: The Sea Is Blue by writer and director Vincent Peone. A myth about how the ocean got its color, Peone wrote the story for his sister Dina during a tragedy that his family faced together. From Short of the Week:

β€œThe film’s metaphorical nature is very much intentional. Ten years ago Peone’s sister, Dina, was left badly burned from a fire that ravaged their childhood home. And, so, at Dina’s bedsideβ€”waiting for his sister to wake up from a drug-induced comaβ€”Peone found comfort in writing. The resulting film is a poignant metaphor for what he thought might be going on in his sister’s mind while she lay in the hospital. As Peone writes in his director’s statement, β€œThe short is very personal to me, and I care about it very much. It’s a story about loss, learning to appreciate what you have, and new beginnings. It gave me hope when I needed it.”

In the director’s statement, Peone also writes, “Dina did wake up. While it wasn’t a short road to recovery, she now leads a happy, healthy life. She’s a writer, and a great one at that!”

Related reading: The Stories That Bind Us.

Watch this next: Father and Daughter by MichaΓ«l Dudok De Wit. Plus: Motoi Yamamoto’s intricate, temporary salt installations, inspired by loss.

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