You There?

If Cyrano de Bergerac, the play, were set in modern times, Cyrano would definitely be using the Interwebs and mobile technology. But would he still deny himself of being loved by catfishing?

An attractive man and an attractive woman engage in playful banter in an all-white surrounding, until we realize they’re simply avatars acting out an online chat conversation. All goes well until she suggests meeting in-person and we discover the man at the keyboard doesn’t look like the male avatar that was talking – it’s actually a photo of his roommate, Lance.

It’s all hands on deck and Brad, the catfisher, pleads with Lance to take his place in meeting the user with the beautiful female avatar – implying the person on the other side could possibly be a dude – and if the user really looks like the avatar in real life, Lance could help Brad in the “coming clean” department. After great reluctance, Lance talks himself into taking this opportunity to be in someone else’s skin, like how DDL (Daniel Day Lewis) would relish the opportunity to research an acting role by living it.

The scene is set at the restaurant, mobile technology is ready to go and then she walks in – she’s perfect, Annie’s perfect. Favorite wines are discovered, unfunny jokes are told and Lance is totally DDL’ing [sic] her, until she requests that our “pinch hitter” gives her all his attention (sans mobile text messaging), leaving Lance off-script from Brad’s conversant guidance.

After Brad spills water on Lance’s lap, before things go too off-track, Lance encourages Brad to use the opportunity to lift the wool from Annie’s eyes. With Lance away at the restroom to clean his lap, Brad and Annie’s eyes meet – her eyes catching a head-whip in her peripheral vision and Brad’s back hunched with an obvious stare in her direction. Will he take the risk in admitting his deception, in hopes to find forgiveness and, in turn, something that might lead to love?

Cast & Crew

Writer, Director: Stanley Brode
Cinematographer: Marco Chierichella
Executive Producers: Jessalyn Maguire, Stanley Brode
Producers: Marco Chierichella, Rocco Chierichella, Jason Najjoum, Liam Joynt
Production: Assemblage of Nouns Productions LLC
Key Cast: Neal Bledsoe, Jessalyn Maguire, Ian Merrigan
Composer: Jeff Solomon
Photographer: Joey Sbarro
Poster Design: Joey Sbarro, Ben Brode

Ratings & Review

A great cautionary tale about always being you and having the courage to be comfortable in your own skin - even online.
About The Author
- Joon Shin has always been an advocate for independent films and is a Co-Founder & Partner for Content of Characters, Board Director for both Dosha Pops and In The Lights PR, and serves on the Board of Advisors for TriplAgent.