The Anniversary

One of my best friends was Timothy Ruiz. Tim was an intelligent, religious, compassionate and vibrant young man. He came from an outstanding family and was simply one of the best people that I have ever or will ever know. Sadly, Tim was taken away from us. My first year at NYU in 2005, I did a short documentary on Tim's family a year to the day of his passing. It is entitled "The Anniversary." I never did anything with this film. I showed it at school and to his family and that was it. It was too personal and hurtful for me to just push it out there. This is the first time that I am putting it out here publicly. I am very proud of this not necessarily for the filmmaking but because I knew it was something I had to do and I did it. It would not have been possible without his fantastic and amazing family who I need to do a much better  job of keeping in touch with. They are the best. I also want to thank Daniel Patterson for shooting it and Darius Clark Monroe for doing sound. But I want to thank them even more for supporting me through that process. It meant a lot to me. Please watch it in its entirety. I am leaving out the details of his death because it is at the end of the film. Let me know what you think. Here goes...

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