HERE LIES JOE is a film about a deeply depressed, suicidal man named Joe Barnes who decides to attend a support group where he meets ‘Z,’ a defiant, nightmare-pixie girl who drags him on a whimsical adventure that changes the lives of the both of them.
The short film was conceived a few years ago when I pitched the idea to my co-writer, Pam Conway, whom at the time was writing her first novel. We wanted to tell a sensitive and realistic story about depression and suicide, but we also wanted to make it funny, too, but not at the expense of the subject matter. It took a long time to get that balance right and it was something we were constantly checking ourselves against; having both suffered with depression in our lives, we both knew how serious this was, however, twenty minutes of dreariness was something we weren’t interested in, either. Ultimately, the film is not about depression or suicide, but about hope.