Heart of Mind


Heart of Mind is a narrative short film about a young couple’s love is tested in a singular moment of moral ambiguity.

En route to a momentous dinner in downtown LA, lovebirds HAUNANI GORDON and WILLIAM ELLIS are held at gunpoint by a thieving madman. What transpires blurs the line between innocent impulse and intimate betrayal, proving to be the ultimate test of love, trust, and expectation.

The project was made as a part of the Visual Communications 2016 Armed with a Camera Fellowship and premiered in April 2016 during the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.


HAUNANI GORDON  |  Gina Kealiʻinohomoku Bowes
WILLIAM ELLIS |  Jason Holmes
ROBBER |  Victor E. Chan

Directed, Produced, Written, and Edited by  |  Sumiko Braun
Director of Photography, Colorist  |  Paul Bertolino
Co-Producer, 1st AD  |  Garett Stevens
Line Producer  |  Kenneth Chan
2nd AD  |  Lawrence Lan
1st AC  |  Tim Schumaker
2nd AC  |  Jess X. Chen
Grip  |  Quyên Nguyen-Le
Dolly Grip  |  Madeline Tondi
Gaffer  |  Gabriel Mays
Lighting Technician  |  Kula Mahanta
Production Sound  |  Conrad Lihilihi
Music  |  Paul Tyan
Sound Mixer  |  Paul Oldham
Special Thanks  |  Julie Braun, Kekoa Braun, Mathew Braun, Henry Chan, Kenneth Chan, Jess X. Chen, Abraham Ferrer, Gena Hamamoto, Ann Kaneko, Lawrence Lan, Conrad Lihilihi, Milton Liu, Walt Louie, Derek Lu, Quyên Nguyen-Le, Jon Oh, Laura Chow Reeve, Tulica Singh, Renee Tajima-Peña, Kayla Tong, Faroukh Virani, Stanley Wong, East West Players, and Visual Communications

The Armed With a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists is Sponsored By a Grant From the Los Angeles County Arts Commission

A Visual Communications Production © 2016