Film Title: Nothing Compares
When Julian Stefoni was 11, his sister was kidnapped and murdered, and he turned to music as a way to heal his soul. Now, many years later, he spends his nights fronting a Prince tribute act, giving fans the chance to express their collective grief and listen once more to the songs they love. “Nothing Compares” is a short documentary about the power of music to redeem and heal, give purpose and inspire.
Key People (cast, crew, etc.):
Director: Melissa Dowler
Directors of Photography: Tom Dowler and Megan Lovallo
Starring: Julian Stefoni
Original Music by: Julian Stefoni
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
We love the energy and excitement behind the FirstGlance festival, and their commitment to bringing the best of independent film to Los Angeles and to feature a diverse lineup of filmmakers and stories. Our film is about the lead singer of a Prince tribute band, and the festival dates coincide with the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death, so we also thought it would be the perfect time to showcase the film to Prince’s many Los Angeles fans.
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
Oh yes! Most of our crew will be in attendance, as well as the star of the film, Julian Stefoni, who is a larger-than-life and wildly talented performer who has as much swagger as Prince ever did.
What is something you feel is important for our readers to know about your film?
Our director, Melissa Dowler, was motivated to make this film as a way to explore her own deep sense of loss at Prince’s death, and to understand more about why artists like The Purple One connect with fans so powerfully. We were surprised to discover a deeper story about Julian himself, who found salvation in music after experiencing terrible loss in his childhood, and who in turn provided redemption to fans who expressed their collective grief at his shows in the wake of Prince’s death.
What should viewers expect from your film?
Our film is less than 10 minutes, but it packs a surprising emotional punch. And any Prince lovers will enjoy the live concert footage from Julian’s performances with the Erotic City Prince Tribute band. You won’t believe how much Julian channels Prince.
Do you have any production stories our readers might enjoy?
We were scheduled to film Julian at a studio in LA when he was passing through town, and our plan was to get cutaway footage of him playing guitar. We were all set up for the scene, when Julian arrived… without his guitar. There happened to be a piano in the studio, and we quickly reset and filmed him playing some of his original music on it. That music ended up becoming the soundtrack to the whole film, lending it a very personal and organic feeling. We love that it’s another way that the movie showcases Julian’s musicianship, and passion for performance.
What are you looking forward to most at FirstGlance?
We can’t wait to attend the festival, and are looking forward to seeing how audiences react to the film. We also love any opportunity to watch other independent films, so we’ll be hanging out to watch the rest of the lineup.
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.