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I PLAY WITH THE PHRASE EACH OTHER

The first feature film composed entirely of cell phone calls.
Country: USA Runtime: 110' Director(s): Jay Alvarez Writer(s): Jay Alvarez Producer(s): Jay Alvarez, Megan Kopp, Ray Callaway DOP: Ray Callaway Cast: Will Hand, Megan Kopp, Alexander Fraser Print Source: Ray Callaway Original Format: Cell phone, digital

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On the advice of his friend, Jake (Will Hand) leaves everything in the small town he grew up and moves to the city without any plan. His friend Sean (Jay Alvarez), a swindling poet, has disappeared when he arrives. This neurotic young man has no choice but to fit in and do his best to find a job and survive the big city.

In a bold move from writer/director Jay Alvarez, every scene in this film is a phone call. Every line of dialogue – a conversation with someone not physically present. But this isn’t just a fascinating experiment with the boundaries of formal filmmaking, it is a smart way to get directly into his characters lives as they are defined by others. Every call is a performance, or an exposition of self – some of their most intimate moments, their vulnerability, shame, anxiety, hate and love are spoken into a microphone.

Shot on black and white 35mm film, the cinematography wallows in the poverty of the characters: dark streets and dingy single-room apartments. The city is a shadow, swallowing these young hearts and leaving them struggling at the end of a telephone line.

Lara Xu

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