DIRECTOR: STEPHEN KUNKEN & JACK LEWARS
RUNTIME: 83 MIN
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7TH 2020
NATURE OF LOVE, 6:30PM
LOCATION: THE LOT
LOGLINE: Jennie Lonergan, a middle-aged NYC theatre actress, is forced to figure out the kind of person she wants to be when her seemingly perfect 15-year marriage comes to an end.
SYNOPSIS: “before / during / after” is the story of Jennie Lonergan, a middle-aged NYC theatre actress, who is forced to figure out the kind of person she wants to be when her seemingly perfect 15-year marriage comes to an abrupt end after she catches her husband having an affair. The film is anchored in one day in Jennie’s life when she is auditioning for a career-making role in a play that triggers a flood of her own unprocessed memories about her marriage and the aftermath of her divorce. The play’s director, Nigel Hopkins (played by the pitch perfect Michael Emerson) directs Jennie as she flounders to delve into the character of a brokenhearted woman: “She has to move forward. Neutral is no good, being a victim is not good — she must find the next right thing or the fear and the hurt will swallow her.” Jennie’s memories are peppered with characters and experiences that only happen to a person who has lost her way, and through these experiences and people Jennie is guided back to herself and to the kind of person, the kind of life, she’s always wanted. And so the film goes backwards and forwards in time, as memories tend to do, until we realize that the audition itself was also memory and the true present moment is one where she stands solid on her own two feet, with strength and vulnerability to move forward in the direction of her best life.