Film Title: FOUR DAY WEEKEND
Log Line: A middle-aged couple, married for twenty-three years, takes a four-day break from each other.
Synopsis: A young couple, fresh out of college, falls in love, gets married, and lives happily ever after. Twenty-three years later, what does happily ever after look like? For Lori and Christopher they are still very much in love but struggle with a bit of complacency and boredom. Lori suggests they take a four-day break from each other to reignite their own spontaneous independent individuality. During this four-day break, Lori, a self-described experience junkie, jumps on stage attempting stand up comedy on a lark, and Christopher, encouraged by Lori, tries a unique sexual experience, she has done in her past, but he has not. The aftermath has consequences that challenge their relationship.
Key People (cast, crew, etc.):
Ben Koldyke (Actor)
Nicole Jones (Writer/Director/Actor)
Jeanne Tyson: (Cinematographer)
Dan Asma: (Producer/Editor)
Jesse McClung: (Producer)
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
I (Nicole Jones) had heard wonderful things about it through other film makers.
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
Yes, Nicole Jones the writer/director and Dan Asma the producer/editor.
What is something you feel is important for our readers to know about your film?
This is a story of a complex couple over the age of 40 who have been together for a long time. What happens after the “Happily Ever After”?, basically, this is an exploration of that topic. On a technical note, we filmed over the course of 5 days, and surprisingly had no problems. It was a wonderful experience for all from start to finish. We had a great team working together and this project was a delight to be involved in.
What should viewers expect from your film?
My hope was to make a morally ambiguous film that would provoke conversation. Some feel it is a very romantic love story, others may feel it’s a bit tragic and sad. There is no right or wrong way to interpret it.
Do you have any production stories our readers might enjoy?
Our lead actor, Ben Koldyke, is a wonderful working actor with a very busy schedule. Because of that, I was unable to meet him until the day we began shooting. That meant I had to create a realistic 23 year relationship with him in minutes right after we met for the first time. There was a 30 minute rehearsal for our most important scene which takes place at the end of the movie. Fortunately Ben is such a wonderfully talented actor I was able to work off of him and it came together effortlessly. I’m still shocked it happened so efficiently!
What are you looking forward to most at FirstGlance?
I love getting to see audience response. As mentioned, our film is meant to provoke conversation, and cause people to question what it means to be in love and married. I always enjoy being able to watch an audience digest it for themselves. This is not based on a true story, however, as a married woman myself, I understand the subject matter. I find myself getting into interesting debates and conversations with audience members after they watch it, and I love connecting with people in that way.
Where can our readers find more information about your film?
For more information on the FirstGlance Film Festival, or to buy tickets, visit their website.