About the Film

Tired of hearing Si complain about not having a puppy, her parents decide to compromise on their “no animals” rule by getting Si a goldfish. Bored with the goldfish, Si takes it upon herself to “improve” the life of the fish by adding decorations to its home. Once her imagination sets in, she is drawn into the fish’s own underwater world where she plays out lavish daydreams in a new perspective.

About the Filmmaker

Samantha Smith is an award-winning writer and director based in New Orleans. She holds a B.A. in Film Directing from Columbia College Chicago. She is a member of Women in Film and Television (WIFT) and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). Her recent short film "THESE WILD THINGS," was awarded the Jury Award for Best LA Short at the New Orleans Film Festival. She has also received other honors such as: Best Film Short and Best Cinematography at the International Kids Film Festival in Brazil, Jury Prize at the Boston Film Festival and was also featured as The Short of the Month. Two of Samantha’s films have been distributed by KIDS FIRST!. Samantha's feature film in development, "LITTLE LYING WILD," is supported by the 2017 Tribeca Film Institute Network.

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Q&A about the Film

PBS spoke with Director and Writer Samantha Smith about her intentional use of color and the childlike feel of her playful film, Si.

SiRead the Full Q&APBS: Color plays a prominent role here and you used the name Sienna for the young girl in this film. Can you explain the decision behind this?

Samantha Smith: Color is one of my favorite tools to tell a story. Her room is all white to symbolize the perfection seeking home owners (Si's parent) and their no-nonsense rules about no animals. This maybe isn't literally what Si's room looks like, but rather what it might look like in the point of view of a child who feels stifled. The orange dress is to connect her to the goldfish. The name Sienna has nothing to do with the color sienna. Actually, that's my roommate’s name who kind of inspired the whole film.

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