In the same way that iridescent colors shift in the light, “Iridescence” is shimmering with meaning.
The student-made short film, which is currently in postproduction, follows the life of an 18-year-old budding artist named Christian (Patrick Zhang) as he experiences his first panic attack amid the stress of college applications. Zhang, a fourth-year communication student, said that throughout the course of the film, Christian has to confront his inadvertently narrow-minded view of the world and his family in order to properly articulate his love for his family members.
“(The film is) essentially about this kid who is applying to colleges, but at the same time, he experiences a lot of tension coming from within his family,” Zhang said. “He’s trying to figure out who he is as a person and as an artist.”
When audiences watch “Iridescence,” director, writer, and fourth-year psychology student Jeremy Hsing said he wants viewers to feel like they are not alone in their mental health experiences. Christian’s turmoil is a natural response to the pivotal, transitional stage of growth that his whole generation is currently experiencing, Hsing said, which is delivered in part by the title of “Iridescence.”
“(The word) ‘iridescence’ is about how something’s color changes just when you view it from another angle,” Hsing said. “This is such an amazing metaphor for life because so many people stay in a box and perceive others as stereotypes, but once you step out of this box and get to know humans outside of these preconceived notions within our culture, that’s when bigotry ends.”
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