Hello Lonesome & The Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn
Dir. Adam Reid -
- is a story about people...actually, three stories about people. Regular people. They’re charming and flawed, and they’re all trying their best, just like the rest of us. There’s a voiceover artist who lives and works in his underwear from his self-made mountain utopia (HARRY CHASE) and his opera loving postal deliveryman (KAMEL BOUTROS). There’s a sassy suburban widow (LYNN COHEN) in her seventies and her vaguely peculiar but quite witty next-door neighbor (JAMES URBANIAK). There’s an adorable young couple that meets online and jumps right into a hot and heavy relationship – despite some potential red flags (NATE SMITH)/(SABRINA LLOYD). These three pairs have suddenly found each other, and while the couplings are anything but perfect, there is a magic in the way they come to depend on one another. Because when you’re alone in the world, sometimes all it takes is one person who cares about you to make all the difference. Screening with short film: The Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn –Director/Screenwriter: Ragnar Freidank starring Joanna Merlin: Jessie/Screenwriter/Producer - Based on the diary written by 80-year-old Jessie Singer Sylvester between 1976 and1978, we enter an ordinary life full of undiscovered riches. As she struggles to make ends meet and reaches out to better herself, Jessie faces the growing violence in her neighborhood and the realization that she is finally and completely alone. The words of the Walt Whitman poem, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” run through the film as Jessie’s strength and resilience carry her to the next chapter of her life.