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Project of the Day: ‘Wish You Were Here’

Project of the Day: 'Wish You Were Here'

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Wish You Were Here

Tweetable Logline: “Wish You Were Here” is a documentary short about a globe-trotting reporter, her father’s death and the 102 postcards she wrote in between.

Elevator Pitch: Rewind to 2013. With freelance reporting assignments (New York Times, AP) I blitzed through 18 countries in 102 days. On each day, I sent a postcard to a loved one. Shortly after departure, my father died. It changed my life, the trip, and every postcard that followed. “Wish You Were Here” documents this emotionally-charged journey and my father’s ultimate gift to me. By inspiring me to write about the world, he taught me how to live a beautiful life without him. And to shoot the final scenes, I’ll visit his grave in Thailand for the first time since his passing.

Production Team: 
Elisa Mala – Writer / Director 
Evan Fein – Composer / Film Score
Maya Chandally – Art Direction

About the film: In reporting from 25 countries, I’ve been fortunate enough to have a fair share of once-in-a-lifetime encounters. For my first-ever Times article, I had dinner with the rapper Ludacris. In 2011, for my first front-page story, I reported from the ground during the bombing and mass shooting in Oslo. While I’m no stranger to unpredictability or hardship, grief was more foreign than any place I’d ever visited. But this is much bigger than me, and because it’s about love, loss and the universal experience of being human, this is the story that I cannot let go untold.

Current Status: In production; Kickstarter campaign for final sequence. Most footage complete – postcards are scanned and beautiful! Be in touch with any questions!

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page

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