SOMEONE LIKES YOU

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SOMEONE LIKES YOU

SYNOPSIS: After discovering on social media that she's been dumped by her boyfriend, a young woman finds a new love online but is shocked to learn the truth about her new interest.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES:

SOMEONE LIKES YOU the second film I’ve made without a crew. So yes, I wrote, produced, directed, shot, edited the film solo. Given that film is an inherently collaborative medium, it requires, as Liam Neeson might say, “a particular set of skills.” Not the least of which is the ability to multi-task. There are pros and cons to this approach as you can imagine but overall it was a really enjoyable process, and it’s why after making UNSPOKEN, I chose do it again.

The film wasn’t entirely solo of course, there were actors, of course. Gina Rogers plays Monica revisiting the character she played UNSPOKEN. In fact, in some ways this film is a prequel to UNSPOKEN which unfortunately, I can’t dive into for risk of spoiling the film for anyone who hasn’t seen it. That said, Gina did an AMAZING job supporting the arc of the character throughout the film and capturing her emotional journey throughout. The film also stars Ricky Rogers, Gina’s real-life husband and great actor in his own right and even Gina’s mom, Christine makes a cameo. Clearly, talent runs in the family!

That’s about all I can share for now. As of this writing, the film is making its rounds on the festival circuit, in fact, it was just awarded “Semi-Finalist" at the Utah Film Festival! Once its festival run is done, I look forward to sharing it with you. Enjoy!

Cheers,

Michael

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UNSPOKEN

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UNSPOKEN

UNSPOKEN is my latest short film. It tells the story of a couple who are challenged by a long distance relationship and communication or (lack thereof) through social media. I wanted to explore the idea of how electronic communication can lead us to be more internally focused, self-centered, narcissistic. We think of our needs, wants, desires and feel empowered and emboldened to put them first. What then is the effect of acting on these needs, feelings and desires? Has the age of electronic communication, made it more difficult to speak face-to-face? We'll see...

I'd like to add some quick production notes. This was the first film I made entirely by myself. Why go it alone you may ask...? Two reasons: budget and schedule. I had neither and because of that, there was no time or money to hire a crew. I shot whatever I could, whenever I could, however I could and embraced a truly DIY style of filmmaking.  It was indeed a challenge but I was inspired by the process. Saving me from ruin were my amazing cast: Holly Rokes, Jon Kennedy, Gina & Ricky Rogers and Jed Reynolds. Thanks to their hard work, dedication and flexibility, we were able to create something special.

Starring: Holly Rokes, Jon Kennedy, Jed Reynolds, Gina Rogers, Ricky Rogers

UNSPOKEN - Recent Awards

UNSPOKEN - Recent Awards

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