My parents unintentionally planted the seed of this story long ago. I was raised in New York by survivors of the Second World War. My family didn’t talk much about their past.
In 2010 on a family trip, my mother decided to visit her childhood home. On the way, we reached a crossroads. My mother suddenly stopped, paralyzed, and told us of a nightmare she'd had for 50 years of being stuck at an intersection, terrified, unable to cross. She never knew where the roads were until then. After revisiting painful memories, she finally realized: she was just a little girl who couldn't have done anything to stop what happened.
It was from this experience the seed grew: the story of a child of war who forever tries to move beyond dark clouds. As a child the protagonist in the film couldn't have done “better.” As a man, he struggles to forgive himself.
“Out of the Ash” is about ash war leaves behind in children, their never-ending fight to find good, even when it feels there’s none. About being vulnerable in a world that isn't always kind. And about survivors moving forward - even when it seems impossible.
This story is personal but it’s also universal; casualties of war affect us all. It's my hope viewers connect with the film and it opens up discussion.
Sandy has been active in production for 25 years in New York City where she owns and operates a communications company. Taking a year out from professional life, Sandy attended Edinburgh College of Art to make “Out of the Ash,” her MA graduation film and third foray into writing and directing. Her first film, “Perhaps Tomorrow” screened at 32 festivals worldwide winning fans and awards. Her second short, “JAM” is readying for 2013 release. Currently Sandy is developing a web series of one-minute monologues and the feature version of “Out of the Ash.