An AFI Thesis Film


We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.  

- Henry Melvill


A Statement from the Director


SNOWPLOW is about a brother and sister, Amir and Judy, who have recently been orphaned and are now living in an abandoned warehouse in Los Angeles. In order to avoid being split up by Child Protective Services, Amir must find a way to provide for his younger sister on his own. But when Amir receives an unconventional gift from a stranger, he may be able to change their lives forever.

Why we’re telling this story:

We’ve all pondered the “what if” moments in our lives… What if I hadn’t taken that job? What if I’d crossed that intersection 30 seconds earlier? SNOWPLOW explores just such a moment, and explores how our lives are interconnected in unseen ways; how even the smallest kindness (even unintended ones) can cause a ripple effect in the world that changes lives. Some call this “coincidence” or the butterfly effect; others call it fate or God. Whatever you call it, the characters in our film are all shaped by a watershed moment that can be traced back to a simple act of kindness. 

- Mia Niebruegge