Ontology of media film series
2020 Trailer for  "Fragments"
Ten years of memories in 12 countries merged in a 6-minute visual essay can never truly define our true selves. Despite the years of acquiring terabytes of information through our lenses, I always ask these questions:
"Are these memories mere synthetic truth?"
"Will they last?"
"And who are we in this digital overload of information?"
Some inspiring truths to dwell on "Fragments."
"Amid the media overload, who are you?"
 "Fragments" is a visual essay on the idea of self captured through the lens through the memories embedded in the film grains and pixels. 
But questions remain.
Narrated by Fr. James Heft, SM
Directed, Written, Cinematography, and Edited by Nich Perez

A love letter to a mother who died of cancer, from her son who followed her footsteps as a teacher.  This epistolary documentary is the second part of the Ontology of Media Film Series.


"Grief" in Asian communities and cultures is usually never talked about.  But despite being a taboo, often it is somaticized or converted into physical symptoms, like fatigue or depression.  Writing this letter and making it into a film has become a healing process that has been shared with many to help them address their mental health properly as they honor the memory of the loved one they have lost.

There is an art to this transformation and often is a grueling process.  But as one uses her or his creativity, it allows them to uncover some insights about themselves, their art form, their culture, and an entirely unique appreciation for life.

This documentary is part of a series of different stories from different people who continue to create these transformations to heal.  

May our stories bring you comfort and your own transformations.

an epistolary documentary by Nich Perez
additional camera:
Doug Thomas, Joey Perez and Bahui 'Becky' Chen
Song: "Ili Ili Tulog Anay"
Performed by MVibe
Soprano - Shasha Clemente
Mezzo-Soprano - Sundrea Rubio
Alto - Royce Roces
Tenor - Clifford Oabel
Tenor - Jake Gates Ricablanca
Baritone - Roni Tamondong
Bass - John Lenard Casiño
Arranged, produced, and mixed by Jake Gates Ricablanca
Fair Use
"The 400 Blows"
by François Trauffaut (1959)  

Special Thanks to the Art Therapy Association.

(c) 2020   Nich L Perez

A philosophical reflection on social media as Plato's digital cave, based on Susan Sontag's "On Photography," 1977.
With the wonderful, Chelsea Sik.