a film by Kelsey Hodge

smile

SMU's

Film & Media Arts 2022
Summer Film Production

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Recipient of the
North Texas Pioneer Grant
from Austin Film Society

no one ever talks about what life is like after you try to kill yourself

Smile is a drama that follows Jules during the summer after returning home from the lowest point in her life. Clouded by her denial, she must navigate her relationships with her family, her friends, and her future. Jules must decide if she is going to take the steps she needs to save herself, or fall back into a pattern of avoidance and lies. Smile is an exploration of how we respond to trauma through the relationships that shape us, the memories that haunt us, and the choices we make. 

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not your typical 

coming-of-age drama