Who says movie premieres only happen in LA or NYC? On Friday, September 24th, Birth of Separation will have its world premiere in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA.
And in a shining example of that affection for home-grown talent, the premiere is a joint effort between two different film fests: PUFF (Philadelphia Underground Film Festival) and the Philly F/M Fest. It’s all happening at 9:30 pm at the legendary Prince Music Theater in Center City, Philadelphia.
“I’m excited to be a part of this collaboration between two festivals and an incredibly talented group of local filmmakers”, states PUFF director, Josh Goldbloom. “It’s a true pleasure to be able to host this premiere, and by doing it as a team speaks volumes on our commitment to building a community, centered around film in Philadelphia. Birth of Separation is a fearless, uncompromising, American indie that demanded my attention, and now all together, we’re demanding yours.”
In 2009 a group of independent filmmakers embarked upon an epic challenge: to create a work that reflects and relates to those pieces of art that had influenced their individual and collective lives. A piece that would force the audience to come face-to-face with violence, the motivating factors behind it, and the havoc it wreaks on both the onscreen characters as well as the audience engaging with the film. Further complicated by a tight shooting schedule and “shoe-string” budget, the crew emerged with a film bigger than any of them had ever imagined.
Birth of Separation follows the daily happenings of Elizabeth, a pregnant housewife preparing to welcome her second child into the world. A knock at the door breaks the morning monotony. A young man, Jerome, greets her at the doorstep. His voice drips with despair as he clutches a stack of missing persons posters. Feeling an affinity for the young man, Elizabeth invites him in for a cup of coffee.
Elizabeth asks of the radiant young boy on the flier, but the conversation flips and Elizabeth’s family life comes into question. Unnerved by his candor, Elizabeth asks Jerome to leave. When the conversation turns uncomfortable for Elizabeth, Jerome manipulates his way further into the home, which allows him to indulge in violence and fear. Holding Elizabeth captive, Jerome only has one request: to become better acquainted. Through a series of questions Jerome exacts meaning in his otherwise questionable existence and brings deep-seated secrets into light.
Birth of Separation was written and directed by newcomer Louis Mansfield and produced by Dennis Hanley and Andrew P. Aguilar. The film features gripping, captivating performances by Philadelphia locals Steve Saturn and Ashley-Rebekah Faulkner. The film’s cinematography was crafted by Philadelphia’s own Adrian Sierkowski, and the film’s original score was composed by Jay Wasley.
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