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.
Set in contemporary San Francisco, Jules, a dedicated bohemian theatre actress struggles and confronts what seems to be an unhappy stifled marriage, a dead end theatre industry, and a city that is outgrowing her. Jules realizes she needs to escape her current life. On a beautiful fall night of their nine year anniversary, James, her husband, an inspired beatnik writer, surprises Jules with a well prepared romantic dinner, yet Jules had forgotten all about it. Later on that cold evening, James hands Jules a letter that is addressed from New York, she realizes it has been opened. Jules reads it anxiously and discovers that she has been accepted into an off-Broadway show and they look forward to having her in the Spring. She applied without ever mentioning her plans to James. As the night progresses, their marriage unravels secrets they both kept from each other. James confesses about a one-night stand admitting infidelity. Jules' response is unexpectedly forgiving and gentle. Yet James doesn't buy Jules' response and believes she is hiding something. After a tumultuous argument, Jules breaks and reveals she is pregnant, and that she is unsure about keeping the baby. The truth of how they feel for each other spills out intensely through quarrel after quarrel revealing a false reality of their union. Jules and James realize that their marriage has become a place unrecognizable to what they had always imagined as their future together is put to the test. Will their love in the end conquer all ?
Briana Walsh as JULESJordan Potch as JAMESJoanna Kay as PENNYEdward Hightower as DANIELL. Jeffrey Moore as ZEUSLuke Myers as CARY
Writer, Producer & DirectorHassan 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 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. 90 minLocation: San Francisco, CaliforniaFormat: Digital 35 at 4K (2.39:1)[SUPPORT THE FILM]
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