As always, in the spirit of full disclosure, we need to say that we are Co-Executive Producers on this film.
We are very excited that several of the team involved in the making of this delightful film are on their way to Providence to attend the Rhode Island International Film Festival where it will make its North American Premiere on August 12th. We wish you the best and to use an opera term, Toy! Toy! Toy!
For Immediate Release
(Providence, RI) – August 7th, 2017. Morning After, a film about the “No Labels” generation has just released their teaser trailer. Award-winning filmmaker Patricia Chica and writer-actor Kristian Hodko team up to deliver an enlightening short produced by Byron A. Martin. The film has been selected from over 6,000 submissions from more than 60 countries to be a part of the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Morning After is featured as part of this year’s Official Competition, and is in contention for the Grand Prize for Best Short Film, which is an Academy Qualifier award.
Morning After is a bold and playful drama that explores the subject of sexual fluidity and human desire. After a long time abroad, a young man returns home and reunites with friends. A sensual game amongst them forces him to confront deep conflicts within himself that lead to a powerful awakening.
“After spending the last decade delving into darker subject-matter and working on genre films, I strongly felt the need to switch gears and speak about something lighter and profound at the same time. I have always been very intrigued by human sexual expression,” says director Patricia Chica.
Morning After stars five bright rising actors – Thomas Vallières (Game of Death), Zoé de Grand Maison (Orphan Black), Joey Scarpellino (The Parents), Jordana Lajoie (Patrice Lemieux 24/7) and Kristian Hodko (The Howling: Reborn) who also wrote the script.
Morning After is directed and edited by Patricia Chica; Written by Kristian Hodko; Executive Producers: Marc Carle and Juan Grey; Producers: Patricia Chica (Quebec) and Byron A. Martin (Ontario); Co-Executive Producers: Raj Maan, Jessica Moreno, Lisa Powers, Keith Lane, Ben Ragunton, Tariq Rahman, and Andrew Wong; Line Producer: Kathy Wolf; Associate Producers: Lily Spencer, Dany Gange, Kevin T. Peterson, Rome Keshav Chopra, Bhavna Singh, Richard Duquette, and Bonni Ellis; Cinematographer: Martin Bouchard; Colourist: Nicolas Fournier; Art Director: Alexandre Piedon; VFX Supervisor: Henry Lipatov; Sound: Bruno Carrières; Re-recording Mixers: Eric Ladouceur and Giulio Wehrli; Costumes: Josée Métivier; Makeup Artists: Steph Miramontes and Larysa Chernienko.
Morning After will soon be playing at a film festival near you. World rights are presently available. To find out more about the touring dates, please visit its social media sites:
TWITTER Director: @PatriciaChica
TWITTER Producer: @ByronAMarin
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR PATRICIA CHICA: http://rifilmfest.blogspot.ca/2017/07/riiff-2017-filmmaker-spotlight-series.html
Source: Flirt Films • Jasmine Durand • +1 (514) 894-0125
Press Contact: ChicArt Public Relations • chicartPR@gmail.com • +1 (514) 806-7517
More about the film:
It only takes one moment to make our life shift.
Chocolate has never tasted this good.
After a long time abroad, a young man returns home and reunites with friends. A sensual game amongst them forces him to confront deep conflicts within himself that lead to a powerful awakening.
Michael just came back to his hometown after spending two years abroad. His friend Edward has organized a welcome party in his honor. While only knowing Edward, Michael quickly becomes friendly with the rest of the gang as they get involved in a provocative game of chocolate tasting and French-kissing.
The openness of the group makes Michael come face to face with a dilemma he’s had for quite some time; of not only questioning his own sexuality, but the notion of sexual identity as a whole, and are labels really necessary?
After a storm that leaves them soaked in the middle of the night, Michael finds the answer to all his questions, the Morning After.
Morning After is a poignant and moving coming of age tale that perfectly captures the challenges and nuances of a young man’s “sexual transcendence” as he finally decides to explore and accept his sexual desires, and release what he has been holding back. The decisions he makes, amid the high stakes for his impulses, make Morning After a gripping, touching, and contemporary film for a new open minded generation.
Today with everyone more curious about sexual diversity, a modern youth culture is emerging that is hungry for new cinematic themes. Morning Aftergives voice to an under-served audience craving characters and stories that reflect their own unique experience. With its roots firmly planted in a universal narrative with an stylized and artistic approach, Morning After depicts an emotional journey that will outlive its time and continue to be relevant as the LGBTQ+ community and its identity issues touches more and more the general audience.
The cinematography and musical soundtrack of Morning After serve as vital storytelling tools, interweaving an aesthetic that rhythmically conveys the shifting thematic and emotional dynamic of Michael’s journey into discovering his sexuality and the relationships he forms with others as well as with himself. As per my writer’s intention, the script had subtle conflict. Therefore, in order to enhance the drama, I will push for a kinetic style in the look, as well as in the edit, implementing an intimate feel that conveys Michael’s intense internal transformation. The story is mainly told from his point of view.
The relationship between Michael and the four other characters: Edward, Dana, Teegan and Alex is at the center of this story. In addition to getting captivating performances, I love to use the dynamics of this visual medium (color, composition, textures, saturation, rhythm and music) to its maximum potential to bring the dialogue to life. It’s exciting for me as a filmmaker to create the moments where the story transcends the imagination and becomes a vivid reflection of the crossroads between reality and emotions.
One of my primary goals is to get the highest performances from my actors. Morning After is a dynamic character piece with a humanistic story at its core, giving actors plenty of material to craft deep, multi-layered performances with.
TG Geeks Coverage:
Our Review here
Our interview with Patricia and Kristian here (listen for the crazy mouse story)
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