"This One Step"
A young Texan veteran and his wife must re-learn the rhythm of their relationship, complicated by lingering PTSD.
5 min, 47 sec
Short Film, Drama
Austin, Texas, USA
Austin & Westin Ray
AJ Johnston - “Travis”
Catherine Mersereau - “Ava”
Oftentimes, it is bravery on the battlefield that is celebrated, but in our film, we wish to celebrate bravery on the home front and the transition back into civilian life. One common thread which combat vets attribute to their recovery is the teamwork and strength of their relationships. This is why we were passionate about depicting an amputee vet and his strong-willed wife working together as a couple. Each day, they take steps—forwards and backpacks, to re-learn their emotional and physical rhythm.
In creating “This One Step”, we chose to show how simple, everyday moments such as hiking a hill or dancing the Texan two-step can be huge milestone markers for a military veteran, who is adjusting to a prosthetic leg and overcoming PTSD.
It is important to erase the stigma attached to being an amputee and to show veterans suffering from PTSD that they are not alone. As co-directors, we are so inspired by veterans' personal stories and their families, that we hope they can watch and recognize themselves in this film we’ve created to celebrate their journey.
--- Westin Ray & Austin Ray