“When it came to the subject behind ‘See You’ it wasn’t by my choosing, in fact, I wish I hadn’t come across the subject behind it, but inevitably it chose me,” Simon Barracchini explained when asked to recount the inspiration behind his film’s core theme. “A good bit of the narrative was taking place in my own life during the writing and even the production of the film. I was going through a very hard time personally and after weeks of walking around the city and lots of deep thinking, it struck me one day to just express what I was going through and feeling in the best medium I knew, film.”
The visuals behind “See You” narrate the tale for us. Desaturated to black and white, we watch our story’s main character struggling to go about his day, thoroughly distracted by color. “In the film, he almost quite literally sees the memories of his lost love that he cherished so much. So much so that these memories coincide with the tiniest details and smallest moments of his day, such as brushing his teeth, walking down the street, or even waking up in the morning,“ says Barracchini.
But beyond creating a story very close to his personal life, Barracchini found the most surprising aspect of his project in the initial public release of the film. “It wasn’t until a week or so after when I gave the cast the finished film and said ‘you are welcome to share this, thanks for the help,’ that I then realized how the film resonated with others,” Barracchini recalls. “The Facebook comments and messages came in and people were saying how much it reminded them of themselves or someone or how they felt for the characters. I realized maybe this film, even if it was not originally intended to be, could be a place of therapy or healing for someone else and I would be selfish to not let it touch others. So, then I decided to let it go and put it out to every platform it could be in.”
Made with no budget or crew and the volunteered time of his actors (“Jordan, Michael, and Deget were three wonderful actors and even better friends that helped me bring this personal piece”), Barracchini is now opening up to the idea of sharing the story further, “I am looking forward to having my peers and everyone in attendance at Indie Oaks to see “See You” and hopefully someone walks away from seeing it and it touches them in an impactful way. That is all I can ask as a filmmaker: that you take something from the work.”