When Mia and Caroline reunite in a city park, they soon find out that the past is not always quite past. Conflicts are resurrected, sparks fly - and then things get complicated.
Jillie Simon, Ange Arabatzis
Jillie Simon is an actor, singer-songwriter, writer, director and producer who's performed nationally and internationally on stage and screen.
She wrote, co-directed, produced and played the lead role in her first narrative short film "Hungry", co-starring Oscar-nominee Eric Roberts, which has won 17 awards so far (including 7 that Jillie won for Best Actress/Best Performance/Outstanding Actress), two Honorable Mentions, a Semi-Finalist and 16 nominations in 33 festivals. ( https://filmfreeway.com/projects/817790 )
--Prior to that, she'd co-directed, co-produced and performed in two multi-award-winning music videos, "Legalize" and "So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy)". Her new film "A Chance", has begun it's festival journey, and has won Best LGBT Short or Feature at Action on Film Festiva, Best LGBT Short at Skiptown Playhouse Film Festival, Best Drama at XWorld Short Film Festival, where she also received an award for Outstanding Actress.
Film credits include a principal role in indie film "You Have the Right to Remain Violent”, directed by Roberto Monticello, the title role in romantic comedy short "Hannah Henri" by Akiva Penaloza, roles in indie film “Confess” by Stefan Schaefer (Best Screenplay, Hampton Film Festival), in the Oscar-winning film "A Beautiful Mind", directed by Ron Howard and most recently, in rock & roll comedy "The Incoherents", starring Amy Carlson & Kate Arrington, currently winning awards in the festival circuit, and "Prince Harming", dir. Marianne Hettinger, also winning awards in festivals. Television roles included a recurring role on "As The World Turns”.
Off-Broadway work includes performances at the NY Public Theater ("Blues"), in "Tony & Tina’s Wedding", and playing Marilyn Monroe in "Marilyn”, with Jack Mulcahy as JFK, BritFest 2005. One of the highlights of her regional theater work was performing with Marlo Thomas at the Cleveland Playhouse.
She’s also had the pleasure of performing with other luminaries such as Marion Seldes (in a staged reading of a Pete LeMay play at the Players Club), Austin Pendleton (Cornelia St. Cafe), Joyce Randolph (New Dramatists), and Tom Wopat, playing his sixth wife, in a reading of a new Larry Beinhart ("Wag the Dog") screenplay “Divorce” at The Directors Company, directed by Michael Parva.
-She's acted in three short films over this past summer that are proof-of-concept shorts (for two feature films -"Summer of '70"and "Entrapment" - and one mini-series, "Infiltrated"). She's previously performed improv shows at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, UCBeast and the NY Comedy Club, and has also been a Guest Teaching Artist at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Ange Arabatzis who wrote the original play that the script is based on, and co-wrote the screenplay, is an actor, writer of plays and screenplays and director. His plays have been performed Off-Broadway and in short play festivals both in New York and Melbourne. He hails from and lives in Australia.
His recent Melbourne credits include: Dirty Pictures by Tony Reck at La Mama Courthouse, The Servant of Two Masters for the Northern Theatre Company, The Nursery Web by Kotryna Gesait at The Butterfly Club, The Omission of the Coleman Family by Metanoia Theatre for The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Wages of Fear again for Metanoia Theatre and most recently, The Cocoon by Kotryna Gesait for the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Ange closed off the year as part of the creative team for the development of Samah Sabawi's new play, THEM, directed by Bagryana Popov.
He is currently studying for his Masters in Film & TV at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Ange Arabatzis had approached me (Jillie) to play in his 10 minute, two character play "Be Still". Though he'd written the two characters as Man and Woman, he said "I'd love to see you and Karen as the two exes, your energies are so different, it would be great for the ex-lovers". So it became an LGBT piece, which I really liked, especially in this era of governments that are repressive of human rights seizing control all over the world. Love is love.
- And I loved the clever dialogue of the two characters on the park bench and thought if we developed it a bit, expanded it out from the two characters on a bench, with flashbacks of their life and what had brought them to that point, it could make for a terrific film about love and relationships. And Ange agreed. So I was able to add things specific to an LGBT character's experience of being a bullied minority, as well as things that sometimes happen in all relationships between humans.
What we created highlights the universal nature of love and relationships struggling through turbulence. Love isn’t easy, sometimes things get messy, and if two people truly love each other and don't want to lose the other person, each has to work harder to be her or his best self. As Mia tells the homophobic bullies, "it's just about love".
One of our cinematic influences for this film was Susan Seidelman, we were inspired by her ending of "Smithereens", which she said was inspired by Truffaut's ending of "Four Hundred Blows".