2004 / 23 min / 16mm


Once upon a time on a hot summer day, Harold traps a frog while his mother devises a plan to escape. Based on a true story. 


Faculty Selects, Columbia University Film Festival (2004)
New Line Cinema Award for Best Director, Columbia University Film Festival (2004)
Kodak Grant, Columbia University Film Festival (2004)
Special Jury Prize, USA Film Festival (2004)
First Prize for Editing, Rhode Island Film Festival (2004)
Top Prize at Chinese-American Festival of Film and Culture (2005) 
Narrative Short Finalist, IFP Market (2005)

This short film then developed into Dennis Lee’s directorial debut feature film FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN starring Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Emily Watson, Willem Dafoe, Carrie-Anne Moss, Ioan Gruffudd and Hayden Panettiere.