Xiao Li


Not only does this 21-minute long narrative short film serve as my graduate thesis project, but it is also my personal tribute to one of my favorite movie genres: film noir.

This film tells a story of a female protagonist, Felicia. She enjoys a poor yet happy life with her fiancé, Ryan, a young striving filmmaker who needs funding to continue with graduate school. After selling his car in order to cover school expenses, Ryan moves into Felicia’s house. One day, Felicia accidentally opens an envelope that was addressed to her ex-husband, Ed. The letter reveals that Ed is entitled to inherit a huge fortune from a recently deceased uncle, a distant relative residing in Europe. In need of money to support Ryan and out of her own greed, Felicia fakes a similar inheritance letter and manages to lure Ed into remarrying her. Once Ryan stumbles upon their affair via the answering machine, he fills with jealousy and confusion and leaves Felicia’s house. Unfortunately, things get out of control when the ex-fiancé Ryan confronts the now-husband Ed in front of Felicia’s house. One of them does not make it.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Film noir--Technique; Motion picture authorship; Motion pictures--Production and direction

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Skip Battaglia

Advisor/Committee Member

Jack Beck

Advisor/Committee Member

Adrianne Carageorge


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at PN1995.9.F54 L5 2016


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