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Nesting Grounds
Narrative Short
Director: Ian Scott McCullough
15 min; United States



Troubled by the death of his mother, Noah, a disheveled 25 year old man begins to compulsively hoard. In an attempt to preserve the life around him and keep his mother's memories alive, Noah holds on to all of his possessions - even garbage. Isolated in his home, Noah’s only companions are two caged finches. However, while constructing a suitable home for his beloved birds to live in, tragedy strikes and one of the finches is killed. Distraught by the death of his friend, Noah suffers an emotional crisis, losing control as he’s reminded that death is a part of life. In accepting this reality, Noah finds the will to live in the present by letting go of his fixation on the past.