Screening preview: Sweet Dreams

This is part of a series of posts from the filmmakers previewing the different films that will be screened at Portsmouth Short Film Night.

Frame from Sweet DreamsJustina Maji’s “Sweet Dreams” has the distinction of being the very first film submitted to PSFN, just hours after the call for submissions went live. If that wasn’t enough to require her inclusion already, her film is an unexpected, funny, and very sweet rendition of a music video. Justina’s story just adds to the experience of watching it:

He’s usually a great listener, but my husband misheard the lyrics to Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams.” I was reluctant to share this film publicly, as I made it as a love letter to my husband who was spending his birthday alone working on a contract in Virginia. I knew he was homesick, and we had been apart for months. I got really crafty one weekend and decided that I had to make a music video. All of the characters from our apartment in Portsmouth (including the rain pouring in through the windowsills) are included as a reminder of when we were here together. I expected him to be the only one to ever see it, but he was impressed and it began to get around among my friends on social media. I hope you enjoy watching it!

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and have been living in Portsmouth for about a decade. I am the Conference Center Director for Star Island, which is the most beautiful place in the world, and surprisingly just 7 miles off the coast of Rye. I have almost no experience with film-making, but I often engage in random creative activities. Even my dog is more technologically advanced than me. At least that’s what her twitter account would suggest (@ladytherealdog).

Come to Portsmouth Short Film Night on Sunday, February 24 at 7:30pm in 3S Artspace’s Store Gallery in Portsmouth, NH to see this and the other great short films being screened!

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