White Elephants is a sensitive, slice-of-life story involving a young couple going through the normal course of their day, while coming to terms with an unexpected medical diagnosis. The film is a reflection on the unfortunate hardships that can befall any couple, the decisions we are sometimes forced to make, and the ability to support one another as best as one knows how.
Director: Chris Portal
Writer: Chris Portal & Ellen Portal
Year of Release: 2008
Running Time: 24
New England Connection: Chris Portal currently works in Natick, MA for MathWorks, a software company serving numerous science and engineering applications. He currently resides in Holliston, MA with his wife and 2 children.
Director(s) Bio:: Born and raised in Mamaroneck, NY, Chris Portal initially set out for Cornell University and a career in software development. In 2005, Chris started to explore his film interests, enrolling in the New York Film Academy where he made Pamela, a short film that was critically praised by the program directors. The success and encouragement Chris found there, led him to Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA) in 2007, where he worked on a number of narrative and documentary shorts. Outside of CDIA, Chris worked on The Aristocrat, an independent, feature film for Three Times Productions.
White Elephants is Chris' CDIA final project and directorial debut. The film was recognized by CDIA’s program directors for Best Narrative Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. It has gone on to screen at numerous festivals, including the Boston International Women’s Day Film Festival, Boston International Film Festival, and Independent Film Festival of Boston.