At the end of 2018, I returned home to discover that my parents were having relationship problems. Without explanation my mom was pulling away from their 24 year marriage, leaving my step-dad scratching his head. It was not yet clear if this was a phase or something more serious. However, they didn’t want to go to marriage counseling or talk about it with each other. It was a shame that a relationship this long might fall apart with so little reflection. One night as I was listening to “Girl” by Cayucas, my step-dad entered and started dancing. Suddenly, an idea occurred to me. Maybe by pointing a camera at their relationship it would put them in touch with their feelings for each other before it was too late. They might not want to talk about their issues in real life, but if they were playing a fictional version of themselves it might free them to be honest. The project ended up being a success in some ways. No, they did not end up together. However, both felt that the experience was cathartic.
Nick Roney was raised in a rural coastal town in Northern California. He was taught to read, write and speak English adequately. He used these skills to get into Chapman University where he studied filmmaking and philosophy. Nick currently lives in Los Angeles making music videos that sometimes veer into his real life. He aspires to be more wealthy and well respected than his highschool classmates.