The video begins with Lena walking to a typical day of class at her private catholic high school. Once seated, she begins to daze off and stare at a boy sitting in the front row. Suddenly, the video enters a dreamscape of performances that are centered around her burning desire for the classmate. In her mind he's a badass with tattoos, who smokes cigarettes and rides a motorcycle. Although their passion can only exist in fantasy, Lena wants it to last forever.
Director AG Rojas has discovered another America... Focusing on towns and people and situations you'd likely rather ignore, but need to be seen. "I Am What I Am" is set in Taft, CA, which he previously introduced us to via the short film "Cody," coincidentally shot in the immediate wake of a school shooting and concurrently with this piece.
"I Am What I Am" stars Rory Culkin as a young man very much in need of transcendence. And he eventually achieves liftoff, but I don't know if it leads to a better place.
It's a powerful short film, even if it's likely a tough watch for most people, but one that needed to be seen.