Daniel Roman: Two-Step


Artist Statement

Growing up in the South and the Midwest, the expansive canvas of farmland never eluded me. It’s been a constant in my life.

But, as a Latino, living in places where not many Latinos live, the people who occupy these quintessentially American settings have always seemed very dauntingly foreign to me. The deep southern drawls and twangs perceived as the markers of a vehement anti-immigratory, anti-Latino sentiment. Ironically, my assumption of such is prejudice of its own. I believe that may be why I’ve always been drawn to tell a story in this world. In awe of a gorgeous aesthetic and tempted by the challenge to confront my own stereotypical thoughts.

But aside from that, the actual story of Two Step is deeply personal to me. It came to me in a time completely unsure of whether to stick to the practical path (Law School) or take a leap of faith (Film School) after graduation. Although I’m blessed with the loving and supportive parents Beau does not have, it’s still immensely difficult to expel that internal fear of failure. I think it’s something we’ve all felt, and while there are dozens of self-help books exalting the rallying cry to “Follow your dreams!”, I think it’s important to maintain sight that something could go wrong. This may sound hopelessly pessimistic, but I don’t really see it that way. I think there’s something beautiful in beating on against the current when you know it could mean certain death.

About the Project

  • Title of Work: Two-Step
  • Medium: 5-minute short film
  • Student's Name: Daniel Roman
  • Major: Journalism
  • Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2022
  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO
  • Student's Mentor: Chelsea Myers
  • Mentor's Department: School of Visual Studies