A FILM BY BRANDYN JOHNSON
The theme “growing up” fascinates me. What has it looked like for me? For others? In what ways have I been inspired by coming-of-age stories? How has it manifested itself in the lives of the young people I work with? These types of stories, in my observation, are always incredibly personal. This one is no different. REFLECTING, follows a young dad and his recently heartbroken teenage daughter through a series of conversations about love and partnership. Bryan (played by Martin Luther McCoy)--full-time musician and half-time dad--is having a hard time keeping up with the women in his life. His girlfriend, Angie, needs commitment from him, and his bright but stubborn daughter, Corre, has boy problems that get projected onto him. He’s got some reflecting to do before important bridges burn for good. I created REFLECTING to essentially unpack all of the ways that adulthood was happening to me--partnership, professional growth, parenthood... It's how I chose to make sense of this journey. Similar to films by Richard Linklater (“Before” trilogy), Lasse Halstrom (My Life as a Dog), and Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy) REFLECTING employs a naturalistic style of storytelling. The story lives in the interactions and conversations between the characters (and, sometimes, themselves). I'm excited to share it with you!