We start loading up the car and he starts yelling out obscenities, and we go “what’s going on?” and he says, “I lost my F-ing wedding ring! I don’t know where it is!.” He’d lost his real wedding ring. He’s married. And he says “I think it fell out of my pocket. I don’t know.” And we’re staring at a giant beach full of sand. And we’re like “OK man, we’re gonna start looking. Where do you think it could have been?” “Maybe this area” he said, which was the size of a football field.

And the whole crew, which was very small, started searching the sand for the next hour. We got the reflector out and we started to see if we could catch a reflection off his wedding ring. And I told him, “James it’s up to you when we move along to the next setup...You’re wedding ring is very important to me.” So he starts feeling guilty and says, “you know what, let’s go.” So we shot for the rest of the day, and you know, he’s pretty bummed out.

He called his wife and told her the situation, and we’re all just trying to move forward and even try to joke about it, even though it’s not that funny (laughs). It was quite ironic because of what is happening in our film.

Then two days later, one of my roommates who had a metal detector, went down [to the beach] to give it one last shot…He called me an hour later and said “I found it!” It was kind of one of those small miracles.

How does it feel to have your film be accepted into the acclaimed Santa Barbara International Film Festival?

It’s awesome. It’s kind of surreal. The idea that I get to screen my film where I use to go see movies as a kid is pretty amazing…I’m just honored more than anything. It’s so cool!

Anything else you would like to say about your film that I haven't asked?

I guess the first thing that comes to mind is just to ask the audience to have patience with the film. It’s that kind of thing where you might see it initially and then a day later you’re like “Whoa! What was that all about?”

Tim, thank you for taking the time to sit down, and talk about your film.

To Us, will be playing at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Friday, February 7, 2 p.m. at the Lobero Theater and Sunday, February 9, 4:40 p.m. at Metro 4 Theater.

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