The So Long Song


TYPE
: Narrative Short
GENRE: Drama
STATUS: Post-Production

LOGLINE

To find her voice, a children's songwriter must first break her heart.

SYNOPSIS

"Once" meets "Amelie" in this bittersweet musical romance where a children's singer-songwriter must confront her writer's block... by first breaking open her heart.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Childhood, music and love - these are some of the precious things that still bring magic to this world. "The So Long Song" explores the intersection of the three, through the eyes of Molly Blue, a woman whose work and imagination unfolds in the fantastical world of children - yet whose love life explodes in the very real, high-stakes world of adult family life. The film was originally inspired by a friend's original indie album for children, which is full of whimsy - yet somehow immediately brought to mind the bittersweet story of an adult love affair and break-up. I wanted to counterpoint the musical tone and lyrics with all the complex emotions of Molly in turmoil -- until finally, in a storybook-like sequence, she finds her way out.

KEY CREW

EMI MACUAGA - Writer/Director/Producer

Emi is a Japanese/Bolivian visual storyteller whose career began as an editor on animation series such as Captain Planet, The New Adventures of He-Man, and the international hit Doraemon. After graduating from Stanford University with degrees in Creative Writing and Media, she spent a year in the indie film world in San Francisco before attending USC's graduate program in Cinema-Television, where she won the prestigious John Huston Directing scholarship, as well as a Sound Design scholarship, a Student Emmy for Drama, and an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences internship on the Star Trek: Voyager writing staff. Her work as producer, editor, director and sound designer on narrative films has enjoyed international distribution and garnered awards on the festival circuit, while her documentary work opened doors to create shows for networks ranging from Food to Travel to History to Science; most recently, she's served as showrunner and lead editor on programs for Discovery Networks. An avid singer, Emi's publication credits include an issue of the anthology series Spider-Man: Unlimited.

MELINA LIZETTE - Producer

 

With a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Melina began her producing career with the production company Informant Media Inc, (Crazy Heart), where she oversaw multiple feature films from script to screen. Her first film as an independent producer, Bebé, was celebrated at multiple festivals, including the HBO NY Latino Film Festival and the San Diego Latino Film Festival, and will be released on HBO Latino this June. Her film Grief, a touching story about a tube sock in search of his other half, will be making its world premiere at the Beverly Hills Film Festival in April. She is committed to sharing the stories of those voices not often heard - illuminating this messy and beautiful human experience. Melina is a 2018 Project Involve Producing Fellow with Film Independent and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

CATHERINE PARKER - "Molly Blue"

Catherine was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She attended Christopher Newport University in Newport News Virginia where she studied Theatre. After graduating, she headed west to Los Angeles,where in 2010 she starred in Mike Flanagan's critically acclaimed independent thriller ABSENTIA.  Since then, Catherine has made numerous guest star appearances on shows such as HALT & CATCH FIRE, RIZZOLI & ISLES, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS and MASTERS OF SEX. She also works in independent film, commercials and voice over.

MOLLY WHITE - Composer

Molly is a songwriter, musician, and artist in residence for the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.  A lover of cats, kids, music and movement, Molly first picked up a fiddle at the age of six, then added guitar, ukulele, cuatro and a range of percussion instruments, leading up to a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology at U.T. Austin.  Since 2000, Molly has been performing and teaching to all ages a variety of traditional music styles including: Latin American Folk and Andean, Balkan, Balinese Gamelan, and American Old-Time and Bluegrass.   She curerntly teaches a group fiddle and guitar class for young learners through the Suzuki Music Program of LA, and performs regularly with old-time Appalachian dancer and singer Rebecca Stout, as well as the LA based Eastern European Women’s Ensemble: Nevenka.  Her latest recording is called Peach & Spoon, an album of children’s songs that adults also seem to enjoy.

AYMAE SULICK - Cinematographer

Aymae is an LA-based cinematographer who has shot award-winning films, documentaries, television shows, and commercials for nearly 20 years. Her work has aired on networks including PBS, CBS, TLC, and ESPN, and has screened at numerous festivals.  She earned her MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She is happiest when immersed in visual storytelling and is trying to change the world one film at a time.

SARAH ABEL - Animator

Sarah is a prolific animator on the creative leadership team at The Greenhouse, and is the director of The Greenhouse Writers Group. Hailing from a south suburb of Chicago, Sarah has had a fascination with film ever since seeing her first movie, Lady and the Tramp. She went to the University of Iowa, where she studied cinema and theatre. Since then, she has focused her creative energy towards animation and writing. She is the Media Director and Media Arts teacher for an after-school program. She is also the creative director of You-nique Productions, LLC, where they produce children’s books and movies, including Charlie The Short Necked Giraffe.  Her other projects range from music videos for artists including Molly White and Jason Turbin, commercial clients such as Cayman Jack, and features including Who's Afraid  of Vagina Wolf?.

DANICA SHEEHAN - Line Producer

Danica produced her first televised commercial at 17 years old instead of endeavoring to pass Algebra 2. She has since found success producing for a breadth of independent and commercial projects, including the recent Cinequest feature and winner for 2018 Audience Choice Award, You & Me. But like the soldier who can type, most corporate environments exploit her talent for logistics and scoping to the managment of studio operations, which is what she does currently for west coast production at the ever-advancing digital agency, 247 Laundry Service.

NATALIE GATES - Production Designer

An artist from the time she could fingerpaint, Natalie was building sets by the age of 17, and designed her first network pilot when she was 22.  She currently works in Los Angeles full time as a freelance production designer, storyboard artist, scenic painter and animator.   Her latest works include the feature Ink & Rain, and the TV series Fallout: Revelation.  Natalie is a native of Alaska who loves bunnies, theoretical physics, and flying in small planes.

 

JANNA LOPEZ RAVEN - Sound

Janna has been a location Sound Mixer, boom operator and consultant since 2007. As a graduate of the University of Victoria, BC with a degree in Sound Design for Theatre, she has worked on numerous independent features, shorts, webisodes, and commercials. She hopes to one day claim total victory over the Solitaire app on her phone.

 

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