This film was really motivated by my desire to capture the essence of street life in any big city.
Like in all big cities, there exist alleys and transportation stations that actually define the backend of the city as much as the front end is defined by the tall skyscrapers as is the case in Los Angeles and New York or the Eiffel Tower as is the case in France.
“Missing at Metro Station” brings to the forefront not only a strong sense of location that I was able to realize through time-lapse videography but also a strong feel of the foreign.
It is true that some people work the night shift and take public transportation at night, but most people don’t. I’ve shot several times on-location at different settings in Los Angeles in the middle of the night and they are mostly always alone, isolated.
Even so, once in a while one does find somebody there. At the time that I was brainstorming ideas for this film, I was, like always, thinking “What is the social context.”
It is a fact that every year there are hundreds of thousands of runaways in the United States and all throughout the world. The majority of these runaways are young and mostly all end up exploited.
In that regard, I knew an enveloping story would emerge, a story where audiences would be drawn to fight back the foreignness of the location and the topic and find it finally time to address the plight faced by so many.