“Goodbye” (2012) from Joel Ashton McCarthy Media on Vimeo.

Two brothers take a once-in-a-lifetime road trip to transition into the next stages of their lives — but not in the way they’d originally planned.

This short film was Originally created for the “Expedia/NFFTY: Find Yours contest, but after an overwhelming response I’ve re-cut it as a stand alone short film and have started submitting it to festivals.


Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer/Editor – Joel Ashton McCarthy

Co-Writer/Co-Producer – Sharon Miki

Directors of Photography – Anthony Bortolussi/Charles Chen

Colorist- Anthony Bortolussi

Score: Chase Horseman

Makeup – Jacqueline Parker


Joel (Younger Brother) – Joel Ashton McCarthy

Chris (Older Brother) – Liam Carter

Beach Girl – Stephanie Trembath

Young Chris on cell phone photo- Justin Laurin

Background – Anthony Bortolussi/Jacqueline Parker


  • Audience Choice (Most Votes): Expedia/NFFTY: Find Yours International video contest.
  • 2nd Place (Jury): Expedia/NFFTY: Find Yours International video contest.

Official Selection

Social Media Comments from strangers

  • “still crying…so loved this…thank you.”
  • “if this is real… i cried like an absolute school girl.”
  • “I am not religious or even all that spiritual, but I REALLY believe your brother was with you every step. You did a fantastic job of honoring his memory with this film.”
  • “just beautiful.”
  • “this is amazing! Loved it!”
  • “Best of the bunch as far as I am concerned.”
  • “Find Your Goodbye was the clear winner! Nevertheless congratulations to the winner!”
  • “This was excellent… great idea and story”
  •  “Hope you won’t mind, but I shared your Expedia video with some co-workers, two of whom have already appeared in my office with tears in their eyes.  So well done!”

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