When it comes to letting new people in, Vincent has always been guarded — especially in his romantic life. But when he matches on a dating app with Anthony, there’s something about their connection that causes a seismic shift in his hesitant heart. He never imagined how quickly he could care for someone, or how deeply he could miss them before they’ve even met. The only problem is that they live on opposite sides of the country.
After three months of texting, calling, and FaceTiming, Vincent is getting on a flight this weekend to travel from LA to NYC, where he and Anthony will finally meet in person and see where things go. SEE YOU SOON depicts a sensitive and intensifying bond between two men, and how that bond melts the armor around their hearts, leaving them completely undone — perhaps for the first time.
SEE YOU SOON is inspired by my personal experience while getting to know someone that I matched with on a dating app — and the palpable connection we formed despite the distance, time, and reality separating us. When we were finally able to have a weekend together in person, I found myself able to let my guard down in a way I never had before.
I came of age later in life. I was nearing my mid-20s, and it was the first time that I’d ever been able to truly lose myself in the wonder of intimacy. But as the weekend came to an end, I had to grapple with the double-edged swords of attachment, vulnerability, and a long distance relationship. It was a pivotal moment in my coming of age, as I discovered not only my capacity to love, but my capacity to be loved.
With SEE YOU SOON, I want to tell a story of a relationship that isn’t impeded by the typical setbacks that we’ve seen frequently addressed in queer cinema. The tension doesn't hinge upon a gay character's tense relationship with unaccepting family members, or their rejection of their own queerness. They're not in a taboo romance with someone way older, and they're not afraid that their sexual identity will damage their popularity in any way.
While these aspects of the queer experience are so valid and so important, I want to tell a story that captures the innately unique tension we encounter after doing that work, when we finally find the romantic connection we’ve been dreaming of. The tension lies in the bed with Vincent and Anthony. It’s in the Sunday sunset before they have to say goodbye. And it’s in the 2,800 miles that separate the places they call home.
SEE YOU SOON explores a budding queer romance through a naturalistic lens that makes us feel like we’re in the room, right there with them. My hope is that audiences will come away from the film feeling like they’ve known Vincent and Anthony forever, the same way they felt when they first started talking online.
As a writer, director, and producer, I'm passionate about bringing queer stories to the screen that shed light on the breadth of our experience. My peers and I have only just scratched the surface, and we can't wait to tell more stories like these:
Writer, Director, Producer, Editor
After being diagnosed with ALS, an older man goes to the hospital with his partner to record his voice bank before he loses the ability to speak.
Vimeo Staff Pick, 2018 Iris Prize Finalist, 2019 Inside Out: Toronto's LGBT Festival
Made possible by the Creative Culture Fellowship at the Jacob Burns Film Center
A young gay man (Michael Hsu Rosen) grows increasingly entangled in the marriage of an older couple (Ken Barnett & Michael Urie). LAVENDER is a poignant look at an unconventional relationship as it blossoms and ultimately unravels.
2019 Sundance Film Festival, 2019 SXSW Film Festival, 2019 Aspen Shortsfest
Distributed by Fox Searchlight
A gay man waits for the results of a rapid HIV test in a small-town strip mall.
Short of the Week, 2017 SXSW Film Festival, 2017 Palm Springs International Shortfest
Pre-Production I May 2019 / Early June 2019
We’re currently building our creative team, casting, and location scouting.
Production I Late June 2019
We’re slated to film for four days in June, in NYC.
Post-Production I July / August 2019
We intend to have a cut in time for fall festival deadlines.
Festival Submissions I Fall 2019
We intend to submit the film to Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Outfest, and more.
Premiere I Early 2020
Our goal is to premiere the film at an acclaimed film festival in early 2020, and then have our online premiere shortly thereafter.
Tyler Rabinowitz I Writer-Director-Producer
Tyler Rabinowitz is a writer-director-producer and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Tyler is a 2017 Sundance Ignite Fellow, U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and a 2017 Creative Culture Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center.
As a producer, his credits include Fox Searchlight's LAVENDER (Sundance 2019, SXSW 2019, Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere), THE MESS HE MADE (SXSW 2017, Short of the Week, 2017 Iris Prize Finalist) and music videos for popular recording artists including the platinum hit song "Lights Down Low" by MAX ft. gnash.
As a writer-director, his credits include HOW I GOT TO THE MOON BY SUBWAY (Vimeo Staff Pick, 2018 Iris Prize Finalist), and ALIENTOLOGISTS, which was acquired by DUST and is the recipient of the National Board of Review’s 2018 Marion Carter Green Award.
Across the short film and music video spaces, Tyler’s work has garnered over 60 million views to date. His work has screened at the TCL Chinese Theaters, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and presented on stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Jeremy Truong I Producer
Jeremy Truong is a New York-based producer whose first feature film, CICADA, will premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in the WIP Section. Jeremy is also the associate producer on BAGDAD, FLORIDA: an episodic pilot which debuted at the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival. His additional producing credits include the short film DIRTY (dir. Matthew Puccini) which was supported by the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Creative Culture Fellowship and ABSTRACT FURIES which was executive produced under the support of Paul Weitz. Previously, Jeremy has produced branded and commercial content for Sony Music, BuzzFeed and J. Walter Thompson.
Natalie Harris I Producer
Natalie Jasmine Harris is a 20-year-old filmmaker from Silver Spring, Maryland. Her film work often focuses on coming of age through representations of various identities such as Blackness, queerness, and womanhood. Natalie views filmmaking as a way to provide representation for some of the difficult realities that people belonging to marginalized groups often face. She produced 2019 Sundance Ignite Winner a dios, directed by Daniel Antebi, and her own film Metamorphosis recently screened at BFI Future Film Festival in London, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), and more.
Julia Kennelly I Producer
Julia Kennelly is a film producer of both narrative and branded content. She has worked for New York-based production companies Archer Gray, Public Record, Anomaly, Broadstreet, Juniper Jones and MikMak, among others.
While Julia has produced advertising work written about in AdWeek and TIME, she has a passion for narrative film, and is deeply committed to telling stories about people who are not often visible in the mainstream media. Films she's produced have been in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Outfest and Palm Springs ShortFest. Julia is currently line producing an upcoming HBO documentary series for Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmakers Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer.
Stefaniya Vey I Producer
Stefaniya Vey is a creative content creator, producer, director and owner of the film production company, Enigmavision. She has worked in the creative industry as a producer for House Hunters International, and has held additional production roles for multiple TV shows. Previously, Stefaniya served as a Resident at the Jacob Burns Film Center; first as an Emerging Artist Fellow and then as a Creative Culture Fellow. A recipient of an HBO scholarship, her films have been shown at film festivals across the country including the 2018 Comic Con International. Stefaniya has also served as a film & video director for the non-profit Peace Accelerators, and, in her most recent position, she's directing a short social impact documentary
Oren Soffer I Director of Photography
Oren Soffer grew up between the United States and Israel, honing hobbies in painting and photography and watching Steven Spielberg movies. These activities laid the groundwork for what would eventually become a burning passion of all things film, and a particular focus on crafting bold, cinematic visual imagery. In 2017, a short film that Oren shot, 'Opera of Cruelty,' won the Alternative category at the Student Academy Awards. Also that year, Oren shot two feature films that received theatrical releases. In 2018, a music video Oren co-shot for Avicii and Rita Ora, ‘Lonely Together,’ won the MTV VMA for Best Dance Video. During his studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Oren was nominated for the ASC Gordon Willis Student Heritage Award, and was a finalist for the Arri Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematography. Oren has also shot dozens of commercials and music videos for a variety of clients including Crest, Viacom, Wilson Tennis, IBM, Grey Goose Vodka, Doritos, Marriott Hotels, Mattel, and MTV, and has worked on multiple feature films apprenticing under acclaimed Director of Photography Reed Morano, ASC.
The cost of a short film adds up quickly. Your donation would go towards the following line items in our budget so that we can afford to not only tell this story, but do right by it.
CREW MEALS + TRAVEL: $2,000
GRAND TOTAL: $9,000
The funds we raise through Kickstarter will allow us to afford our incredible cast, and the resources we need to not only put this story on the screen, but to really do justice with it — from our camera equipment to our production design. Any funds that may remain will go towards film festival expenses that will allow us to share this film on screens around the world.
This isn’t just a short film we’re trying to make on a weekend. We are a predominantly LGBTQ+ creative team putting our heart and soul into bringing a romance to the screen that still feels so frustratingly rare to see in media today.
We appreciate you taking the time to read about SEE YOU SOON, and we hope you’ll consider donating so that we can tell this story. Without your help, there’s simply no way for this film to exist.
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