American Film Institute Presents

TIDES

Trailer

The Story

Grace finds her life at a crossroads when Jericho Rhodes, a Navy SEAL, and her ex-boyfriend, wills his cryopreserved sperm to her following his death in Afghanistan. Recently married to Vaughn Collins, Grace is torn between her past and present lives. Confronted with the dilemma of a lifetime, she finds solace in the ocean, enabling her to decide what she wants the most.

Director's Statement

We always carry our history with us. Memories can be our most precious treasures or a burden that is overwhelmingly heavy to carry. Most of our memories are about other human beings. To our main character Grace, the most hidden and protected memories are about the greatest love and the greatest sorrow of her life - an ex-boyfriend and a Navy SEAL Jericho.

Our story takes place in present day wartime America, where Grace's life is affected by Jericho's unexpected death. She must now make choices concerning love, her career, and her desire for children. Life is full of choices, and we make decisions on a daily basis. Some decisions are small, others life-changing. Many times, big decisions need a lot of courage. I personally believe that since we only have one life, we should always live fully and honestly to ourselves and other people. We must have courage to follow our hearts and do what is right. This the ultimate battle, not some war in a distant country.

The Filmmakers

Cast

The Sloan Foundation

Team TIDES is proud to announce that they have been selected to receive one of the top awards for thesis films: The AFI/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Award. We are extremely grateful to AFI and The Sloan Foundation for their tremendous support. By awarding us this grant, AFI faculty and Sloan representatives have show its confidence in the project and the team. In an effort to promote the accurate depiction of science in film, every year the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grants this Production Award to AFI fellows for their work on films which address topics of science, scientists, or scientific method. In order to aid the fellows in the effort of portraying science accurately, each applicant works closely with a science mentor who will aid him or her in assuring that the science depicted in the film is as close to reality as possible.

About the AFI Conservatory

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September 29, 1965

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Notable Alumni

  • Terrence Malick
    Terrence Malick  Director
    — AFI Class of 1969 — THE TREE OF LIFE, THIN RED LINE
  • David Lynch
    David Lynch  Director
    — AFI Class of 1970 — BLUE VELVET, MULHOLLAND DRIVE
  • Darren Aronofsky
    Darren Aronofsky  Director
    — AFI Class of 1992 — BLACK SWAN, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
  • Pieter Jan Brugge
    Pieter Jan Brugge  Producer
    — AFI Class of 1979 — THE INSIDER, HEAT
  • Janusz Kaminski
    Janusz Kamiński  Cinematographer
    — AFI Class of 1987 — LINCOLN, SCHINDLER'S LIST
  • Jay L. Cassidy
    Jay L. Cassidy  Editor
    — AFI Class of 1976 — INTO THE WILD, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
  • Jonathan Alberts  Editor
    — AFI Class of 2001 — LIKE CRAZY, PEDRO
  • Scott Frank  Screenwriter
    — AFI Class of 1984 — MINORITY REPORT, OUT OF SIGHT
  • Anne Garefino  Producer
    — AFI Class of 1988 — SOUTH PARK, TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE
  • Franco Giacomo-Carbone  Production Designer
    — AFI Class of 1996 — THE EXPENDABLES, RAMBO
  • Steve Golin  Producer
    — AFI Class of 1981 — BABEL, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
  • Affonso Gonçalves  Editor
    — AFI Class of 1993 — THE BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, WINTER'S BONE
  • Patty Jenkins  Director
    — AFI Class of 2000 — MONSTER, THE KILLING (pilot)
  • John McTiernan  Director
    —AFI Class of 1975 — DIE HARD, PREDATOR
  • Rick McCallum  Producer
    —AFI Class of 1975 — RED TAILS, STAR WARS: EPISODES 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Wally Pfister  Cinematographer
    —AFI Class of 1988 — INCEPTION, THE DARK KNIGHT
  • Robert Richardson  Cinematographer
    —AFI Class of 1979 — DJANGO UNCHAINED, HUGO
  • Ed Zwick  Director
    —AFI Class of 1975 — BLOOD DIAMOND, GLORY