|The Distant Sound of Trains|
|Monday, 27 October 2008 21:38|
This was my senior thesis film at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. I graduated in 1999 with a degree in Cinema and Photography. I'm proud to say that this, unlike many student films, is not about suicide. The story follows Nathan, a young man from the country now living in the city, as he returns home to visit his parents and confront what was, for him, a traumatic childhood event.
Again inspired in part by my reading material at the time The Distant Sound of Trains is set not only within the literal interactions Nathan has with his surroundings but also within his subconscious mind. This interaction with himself is represented in the film by his interactions with his past self (as in 'III', for example), with Adeline (another On the Road reference), and with Arthur (a reference to my late great-uncle).