Eight-year-old Charlie used to go on adventure trips with his now terminally ill mom Hannah. On this special night she surprises him and they take Grandpa's convertible to go on a secret road trip to Joshua Tree. On their way, Charlie learns to drive, they eat the best junk food at an old diner in the middle of the desert, and the stars seem to sparkle as bright as never before. A night to remember.
When they finally arrive at Joshua Tree, they watch the most astonishing sunrise, Hannah’s favorite time of the day. It is right there, right then, that Charlie learns an important lesson about courage and hope that will prepare him for the inevitable fate that lays ahead of them.
A message from our lead actor Mateo Ray
Why does this story matter?
Director Andie Naar talks about what motivated and inspired her to tell the story of a child and their terminal ill parent, and shares why this topic is dear to her heart.
“See You at Sunrise” is a bittersweet reminder that we are all mortal beings, yet there is much more to life than we might grasp. Having lost a parent at a very young age, I felt inspired to turn the devastating moment of losing a loved one into something that can evoke hope in this overwhelming darkness. I want to create a film that shows in an artistic way how a child may deal with a terminal illness and death of a parent. The mind of a child is interwoven with reality and fantasy. Often, they make up stories because it protects them from the pain of reality, like playing “make-believe”.
The approach to making this film different is that, despite the dark theme, it will bring a smile to your face. It has the feel of an adventure movie, a fun road trip mixed with beautiful landscape shots of our stunning country. There will be POV from the little boy’s perspective, inviting the viewer into the mindset of a child.
In the past year so many of us lost someone they loved. I want to honor their grief, let them know that they aren’t alone, and invite them to see this film in memory of them as well. I learned that the only way out (of grief) is through and hopefully my film will lift the viewers up and help confront and heal emotions that they may not be able to voice otherwise.
Andie Naar - Executive Producer/ Writer/ Director
4 ACES MOVIE RANCH, PALMDALE
A 1940s diner with Route 66 flair
ALPINE BUTTE AREA, LANCASTER
A secluded Joshua Tree-like place to catch the Sunrise
FAMILY HOME, THOUSAND OAKS
The lead character's charming home
Highway below a mesmerizing night sky
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