Guest post by Claire Brosman
Grant writer & storyteller for non-profits. Better composter than gardener. Obsessed with good food and where it comes from.
We meet Lisa Jones. We meet Jack Jones. And then we meet Garret Jones. They are grown adopted siblings with an overbearing mother. The setting is LA with a back drop of studio lots and stages, press events, and photo ops. Agents and PR reps surround the Jones siblings and their mother who are no strangers to fame. Their lives seemingly should be charmed, but they aren’t. Everybody is fighting with something in THE LONGER DAY OF HAPPINESS.
What compelled me to watch these characters' stories unfold was simply curiosity. What was driving each character into the downward spiral we find each in as the film opens? We get only a glimpse of one day in the life of these characters and so I never found those character motives or answers I was seeking, but I realize that’s kind of how life works.
Life isn’t neat. There aren’t always reasons for why we end up unhappy or make bad decisions. In life, people don’t always make sense. People aren’t always interesting or even likeable. And so, in this respect, director Shane Stevens pulls together a film about life that may be more realistic than it is enjoyable.
The 2013 Indianapolis International Film Festival will take place July 18 to 28. Secure your tickets now for THE LONGER DAY OF HAPPINESS.