I find short films fascinating because they have a very limited amount of time to make their mark on viewers. For this reason, it’s so crucial that they are able to use everything in their surroundings to drive home their point. Carefully planning out the set as well as the dialogue and expressions of the characters.
A great example of a short film really making a clear statement is Into Light. This film is directed by Jessica Graham and was written by Amy Walker. Walked also starred in the film along with Jessica Martin and Travis Dixon.
Into Light tells the story of a crucial moment in the life of suffragist Inez Milholland. Despite experiencing poor health, she refused to ever quit fighting for women’s right to vote. In 1916 she started a suffrage tour in the Western US. But on October 22nd while giving a speech in Los Angeles, California she collapsed. Unfortunately, she died a few weeks later.
The film does such a wonderful job not only capturing that moment but the reasons why we should pay attention. By the end of the film, it’s easy to understand Inez’s strong and resilient personality that made her such an amazing activist. As well as the tension and the divide between men and women of that time. Even the doctor, played by Dixon, plays an important role as a changing male mind of the time. Every detail of the film is a vital puzzle piece that allows you to see the full picture by the end.
It would be wonderful to see this great duo of Graham and Walker take on other important figures in our history that fought for our rights. This film definitely came out during a crucial time in our country when voting was being emphasized more than ever. On behalf of Into Light‘s screening at last week’s Hollyshorts, LRMOnline had the privilege to talk with both Walker and Graham about the film. You can check out the interview down below!
Into Light is available to watch on Amazon Prime.