OCEAN CITY - DIRECTOR'S NOTE
Almost everyone has a story about the one that got away. For me, it was Shelly-- the Australian. I would tell you her last name, but I don’t know it. I met her one night when I was studying in Israel. What began as small talk about trivial things somehow became one of those amazing up-all-night conversations that people wistfully reflect upon. We made plans to meet the next day, but Shelly’s group left early. At the time I was crushed. I felt like my soul mate had disappeared and spent the next few weeks trying to track her down, which proved an impossible task, as I had absolutely nothing to go on.
I may not remember exactly what Shelly looked like, but I remember the way our conversation made me feel and, subsequently, the sense that I had lost the chance at something truly special. What would have happened if I’d found Shelly’s number? And if I managed to see her again, would reality live up to the dream of that one night? Ocean City is my way of further exploring those questions: How far will Wallace go to find Imogene, his Shelly? Is she really what he’s looking for?
The setting for Ocean City was inspired by another story in my past. Up until I turned eight, my family made an annual pilgrimage to a similar beachside town. The memories of those summer trips are almost faded now-- what remain are bits and pieces, flashes of images and feelings. Thinking about that town feels a lot like thinking about Shelly. I have memories of emotions more than a specific place or a person. I hope I’ve captured a bit of that feeling on film.
- Avi Glijansky, 2004