Charlie & Poppy, A Short Film
Four-year old Charlie and his grandfather, Poppy, arrive at a train station platform—one bouncing with great energy, the other providing a steady hand. Hearing the train approaching, they reach in their pockets for their whistles. Charlie laughs at Poppy’s puffed-cheek whistle blowing as the train pulls into the station for passengers to disembark and step aboard.
Over the span of 20 years, as Charlie grows and Poppy ages, they change this cherished ritual to embrace both the excitement and limitations each stage of life brings. Charlie struggles to keep the magic alive by providing the entertainment when his beloved, aging Poppy no longer has the strength.
Charlie & Poppy was submitted to film festivals around the globe. In the spring of 2016, Charlie & Poppy screened at the Ozark Foothills Film Festival in Arkansas and the Sanford International Film Festival in Maine, where I was nominated for best director. Charlie & Poppy toured through 16 cities in India with the Jagran Film Festival in July. In August, Charlie & Poppy screened at the 18th FESTCURTASBH (Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival) in Brazil, Boston Film Gala, Fest Film Kosova HNF, and Nida Short Film Festival in Lituania. During the fall, Charlie & Poppy screened at Kinosmena International Short Film Festival in Belarus, Queen City Film Festival in MD, West Virginia FILMmakers Festival, and SNOB Film Festival/New England Indie Fest in Concord, NH. In December, Charlie & Poppy returned to India for screenings at SMILE International Film Festival for Children and Youth in New Delhi and Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa. In July 2017, Charlie & Poppy will be screening at the Chatauqua International Film Festival in NY. Charlie & Poppy won Best Dramatic Short at the SNOB Film Festival/New England Indie Fest, Best Family Short at Queen City Film Festival, and Best International Short at Jagran Film Festival.