On the night of their wedding anniversary, a bohemian theatre actress and a beatnik inspired writer confront the strife of their relationship, dreams, and the city they once loved.
Briana Walsh as JULESJordan Potch as JAMESJoanna Kay as PENNYEdward Hightower as DANIELL. Jeffrey Moore as ZEUSLuke Myers as CARY
Director, Writer, & Producer Hassan Said
ProducerMasha KarpoukhinaCo-WriterLourdes Figueroa
Cinematographer & Co-ProducerPeggy Peralta
Co-ProducerJudy LewisDIRECTOR’S NOTE
THIS IS YOUR SONG is a story about love, not a love story. A contemporary drama, set over the course of one night, about married young lovers surviving in the changing modern American landscape. Jules and James confront and quarrell over their future, trust, infidelity, matrimony, and a city that once engulfed them with warmth. Set in San Francisco, conceptualized in the vein of a play with mostly theatre actors, executed in ONE TAKE, without any edits or cuts of immersive emotional experience. Our crew is mostly made up of minorities and immigrants of the finest talent working tirelessly to bring this film to life. The film touches upon if not embraces the ever changing nature of our behavior in a romantic intimate union. Examining the “I vs ME vs US” dynamic through psychological and behavioral exploration of situations and love in way of softness but also through brutal truth and at times manipulation; when you co-exist with a partner for so long. Furthermore, the landscape of San Francisco in all aspects specifically how social-inequality bleeds into our day to day lives . As a marriage disintegrates, we witness and feel the weight of a love that struggles to exist in place that is beginning to leave no space for the working class nor the artist. The weight of gentrification and the reality of the artist lives in the middle of a perishing union. The question of the American Dream and the reality of classism envelop the end of a love story. This is not just another feature picture, it’s a sense of closure to a painful reality I lived through and others as well through breakups, deaths, and at times other worldly circumstances. To me personally it's a way to make sense of a pattern in one’s choices and what build-up led to that moment. In the end, I believe, everything that I do - I make it as real as I can. Make it alive. Make it tangible. Cinema is the language of empathy. This film has a lot of heart poured into it and has a lot of sweat, blood and tears. We are a filmmaker family of minorities and immigrants, with a female lead, female producer, female cinematographer, female co-writer, and various talents from all walks of life coming together with an ultra micro low budget and love of cinema.Thank you for all who helped us along the way and still do, for believing in this film, for standing behind minority and immigrant artists alike. Thank you for supporting the arts and bringing voices of storytelling to life. Thank you for keeping true independent films alive. Thank you for sharing the journey with us all. - Hassan SaidTRIVIA- The film contains a 97 minute one single shot, making it one of the longest takes in american film history- The entire story takes place over the course of one evening, shot in continuous take, in real time. - Inspired by the films and plays of Ingmar Bergman, as well as the writings of Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller.- The cast is primarily of theater background.- Rehearsals with cast and crew take place over a number of weeks before principal photography .
Genre: Drama, RomanceDuration: approx. 120 minLocation: San Francisco, CaliforniaFormat: Digital 35 at 4K (2.39:1)[SUPPORT THE FILM]
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