Going Home

a look into the devastating effects of the Napa forest fires

With over 40 casualties, 220,000 acres burned, and 2,800 homes lost, the Napa fires devastated California's countryside. This is the story of one family who lost everything...except their memories. 


I created this short documentary during my autumn quarter at Stanford, in the immediate aftermath of the Napa fires. As soon as the area was cleared for re-entry, I followed Dale and Kathy Albin to the remains of their home, which was completely destroyed. Film may very well be the best medium to capture such a vast extent of loss and sorrow; only visual storytelling can do justice in memorializing the triumph of hope in the face of disaster.

From the Site of the Fire 


Sonoma International Film Festival 

In March 2018, "Going Home" premiered at the Sonoma International Film Festival. The short documentary was chosen to open the festival, and it screened three subsequent times. I had the pleasure of participating in two audience Q&A sessions, accompanied by my co-director, Cameron McClellan. 

Our film received an IMPACT documentary award shortly after. In 2019, it was officially selected to screen at the Big Shoulders International Student Film Festival in Chicago.