Looking Through the Trees, Directed by Justin Morfin (Texas) - A young widower, devastated by the recent passing of his wife, struggles with depression and the challenges of single fatherhood. With a supportive mother and the kindness of strangers in his life, Jake has a support group eager to help him cope with his loss, but will he come to terms with the truth behind what happened in order to move forward with his life? We live in a world where technology has overcome simple human interaction and people tend to be more concerned with their “status” rather than meaningful connections with loved ones. When I was writing this story, I developed many of the characters based on the characteristics I find most important in the strong women in my own life. Many of whom I have to thank for making me into the person I am today. For instance, Becky was developed with the traits of my grandmother. She is the sweetest, and most caring person I know. In addition, Molly was based on my aunt Norma; and Carla was developed through the personalities of both my mother-in-law and one of my very close family friends, Rose. Finally, Janice evolved from many characteristics I see in my mother. She is an extremely strong person, a bit vulgar at times, but she has the kindest heart, and she is one of the most supportive people of my dreams. I was so excited that I was able to showcase so many strong and important women that have supported me in my journey.