Here's a press release from the makers of The Romance of Loneliness, filmed in Memphis with assistance from the Memphis & Shelby County Film & Television Commission:
We are thrilled to announce the Memphis-made feature film The Romance of Loneliness by Sarah Ledbetter & Matteo Servente will premiere on Wednesday Sept 12th at Malco Paradiso with a special concert by Memphis favorites Deering & Down.
What: Film Premiere & Concert: The Romance of Loneliness with Deering & Down
When: Wednesday September 12th – 6:30pm
Where: Malco Paradiso
Admission: $15 – Tickets Online & Door (if available)
Tickets available August 12th, only at RomanceOfLoneliness.com
Synopsis: Amanda, a confused young woman, abandons her plan to find herself out west to accompany her grandmother to the same-sex wedding of her cousin Cristina at a west Tennessee farmhouse.
The film made its world premiere at the Nashville Film Festival in April to a warm reception and garnered praise from The Nashville Scene which “highly recommended” the film describing it as “subtle yet strangely enthralling ... the way it’s communicated is riveting.”
Smells Like Screen Spirit says "The Romance of Loneliness plays sort of like a fairy tale ... but it maintains its strong grip on reality, remaining ever-faithful to the subtlety of its storytelling."
The Romance of Loneliness is the feature-debut for co-directors Sarah Ledbetter & Matteo Servente, the lead debut for musician/actress Amy LaVere, and the third feature film by Memphis production company Paper Moon Films.
Lynn Cohen, known for her collaborations with Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg, as well as playing Magda in Sex & The City, is featured in a lead role as the scene-stealing grandmother Mina.
The ensemble cast is comprised of other notable rising actresses Anna Margaret Hollyman (Small Beautifully Moving Parts) and Rebekah Brandes (Bellflower) joining Memphis talents Caroline White, Kentucker Audley, Bart Shannon, Jerre Dye, Luke White, Kim Justis, John Still and Ann Wallace among others.
In addition to Deering & Down, music by Memphians Star & Micey and Luke White are featured along with a beautiful score by Italian composer Andrea Dalla Fontana.
Sarah and Matteo met in Paris at the NY Film Academy and attended the following year of school in Sydney. They collaborated on Dammi Il La shot in Italy and Spain. Matteo moved to Memphis in 2007 to join Sarah developing The Romance of Loneliness.