Director's Statement

Marin Blue was developed from photographs I took of abandoned buildings. I was compelled by the stories that empty spaces tell and how they develop an austere beauty that organically grows from their neglect.

I drew inspiration from the Los Angeles landscape. The dream world qualities of the mass expanse of space and the empty buildings that lay in between. A surreal world made up of a fictional place that it?s inhabitants imagine.

Los Angeles has a history of transient and temporary culture. It stands as a beacon to fortune seekers who appear and sometimes disappear. Marin and Jim, the two main characters, are the remnants of these abandoned dreams. Their parents have disappeared and they now inhabit the fringe of the mental care system.

Transience is a theme that I find myself returning to in many of my films. Growing up, I moved almost every year. Without one place to generate memories from, the past was just that, passed. Names, faces, and places became muddled. The division between fact and fiction was not a hard line, but instead a meandering one that shifted again and again.

The dream world of the film is a reality to Jim and Marin, as much as it is made up. Their roles as unreliable narrators is based on what they perceive to be true and it is only when all breaks down that they are forced to face themselves.