TELL ME WHEN TO FORGET
Cast: Meredith Henderson
Crew: Producers: Ethan Paisley, Gabe Braden – Screenwriters: Gabe Braden, Samuel Batt
After a middle-aged housewife discovers a pair of baby shoes in her attic, she discovers that she once had a one-year-old son who was erased from her memory.
Gabe Braden created thirteen films, got into sixty-six national and international film festivals, won twenty-eight festival, jury, and program awards, and received two internships at highly prestigious film production companies in NYC and LA all before he turned twenty. After his first three shorts, Wasted Conversation, a comedy about a jilted bride, Your Time Will Come, an LGBT PSA, and 23 Peas, a drama about the foster care system, he gained notoriety through his short comedy, Jaded. Working with Halleloo Film, and Tony-Award Winning actor, Hugh Hysell, this comedy about the acting world got into 10 national festivals and was nominated for “Best Director” and “Best Comedy” at the 2017 High School Film Festival. Gabe’s most recent film, Due Process, a continuation of the social worker character from 23 Peas, is currently performing very well in the festival circuit, getting into 36 festivals, winning awards at 18 of them, including “Best Screenplay” at the 2018 High School Film Festival. Currently, he is a freshman Film Production major at Chapman University, accepted into a program with just a 4.5% acceptance rate.
We live in a society where men have more weight than women; where sons have more pull than daughters; and where someone will side with the husband over the wife. This is what inspired the concept for “Tell Me When To Forget”: a picturesque middle-class home, a working husband, and a doting wife. However, as soon as Audrei, the housewife, discovers that her husband, Nic, wiped away her memory of their child’s death, these gender roles are challenged and Audrei grows in dominance. Not only does her journey to reclaim what is rightfully hers instill dominance, but shows her to be complex and multi-dimensional. Growing up in the foster care system, I have always had a unique perspective on family and parenthood. Through this perspective, and with a team of fabulous filmmakers who share my goals, I formed a creative, yet still lifelike depiction of the social issues in our world today. Audrei’s journey shines light on postpartum depression as well as underscores recent movements such as “Me Too” with an emphasis on female empowerment. Ultimately I want viewers watching the film to understand that even though the film is a fictional depiction of what could happen, if we remain complacent as a society this is a very plausible depiction of what will happen.