Short Film: TURNING LEAVES, 8min., USA, Drama

Directed by Bri Goolsby, James Nalle
Nina, a black college student, and her friend Lindsey, a white college student, are two childhood friends that decide to go on a hike together to rekindle their friendship. After a brief period apart, their reunion is met with awkwardness as the two friends want very different things out of the trip.

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Director Biography – Bri Goolsby, James Nalle

Bri Goolsby is a 22-year-old student and filmmaker from Simsbury, Connecticut. She is currently a senior at Connecticut College where she majors in Film Studies, minors in Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality Studies, and is an Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology Scholar. She decided she wanted to become a filmmaker after she watched Coraline for the first time when she was nine years old. She is passionate about social justice.

James Nalle is a 21-year-old student and filmmaker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He started making movies as a child and is now a film studies major at Connecticut College where he is a
Junior. His passions include going to the movies, cooking, and playing music with his band.

Director Statement

We made this film because we had seen the complexities and complications of interracial couples portrayed on screen, but never the complexities of interracial friendships. We also wanted to
explore the effects of colorblindness and how it negatively affects people of color in their friendships in white spaces. We wanted to make sure that we conveyed the idea that the work required to maintain an interracial relationship should not rest solely on the shoulders of the person of color if the relationship consists of a white person and a POC. We wanted to make sure that this would be Nina’s story—that her desire for boundaries and respect for her identity was justified and honored by our filmmaking.

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