SNAPSHOTS / Feature film
Directed by Melanie Mayron
Produced by Jan Miller Corran and LeeAnne Matusek
Piper Laurie (Carrie, Hustler, Twin Peaks)
Max Adler (Glee, Sully)
Brett Dier (Jane the Virgin)
Emily Goss (The House on Pine Street)
Shannon Collis (Inherent Vice)
The movie is listed 4 times in competition for the 2018 PAMA for :
– Best Feature Film
– Best Director (Melanie Mayron)
– Best Actress (Emily Baldoni)
– Best Score (David Michael Frank)
Distributed by Gravitas Ventures (World)
Festival’s Appreciation :
SNAPSHOTS is quite a good film, just goes better saying it. It goes to your heart, it talks to your inner child as much as your grown up soul. In addition to having the pleasure to see Piper Laurie back on the big screen, the movie offers a perfectly balanced cast with three incredibly good actresses on top of it. It is smart, genuine, soft.
When a grandmother’s secret past collides with her granddaughter’s secret future and her daughter’s angry present, can the love of three generations be enough to accept decades of deceit. With a simple roll of film it begins.
Set in the present with flashbacks to the early 1960’s, Snapshots brings together the matriarch Rose (Piper Laurie), her daughter Patty (Brooke Adams) granddaughter Allison (Emily Baldoni), Shannon Collis as Young Rose and Max Adler as her husband Joe, Emily Goss as Louise and her husband Zee played by Brett Dier.
As the director of notable films like Mean Girls 2, Slap Her She’s French, The Babysitter’s Club, and Freaky Friday, Mayron has brought her directing expertise to television shows like Grace and Frankie with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, The Fosters, Jane the Virgin, In Treatment (HBO), Pretty Little Liars and numerous others. In addition, she has been on the other side of the camera as an actress in the award winning Thirtysomething, Lipstick Jungle, Jane the Virgin, Criminal Minds, Pretty Little Liars, Breaking the Girls and Playing for Time.
« Snapshots » is a film I very much wanted to see made. It spoke to me on two levels. The first is about love. The complexity of love, who we love, how we choose someone to love, how that affects the path of our lives, and how that path becomes our destiny, and in the end, our legacy. All we have is our life. Our one small, gigantic life amongst so many in the world. But what unites us all as humans, is the experience of love. That experience, if we are lucky enough to experience it, of being swept away by the knowing of a partner, a soul mate is the most breathtaking of experiences. And then there is the time we are born into, the social mores at that time of our life experience. « Snapshots » visits the same experience in two different time/spaces, fifty years apart. It is a heartbreaking and yet revelatory story about love and time.
And then there is another theme present, and that is of holding a secret. It takes courage and tremendous risk to reveal a secret long held, that can be incredibly hard to understand as well as hurtful. In the end, when the secret is out, we are privy to the very private struggle and painful journey one takes to accept, forgive and reclaim trust in someone you love.
I am so very proud of the cast we assembled to do the project and the work that was done. Because in the end, with this particular film, to everyone who contributed to it, it was all about this particular story about this particular love, and this particular family, that everyone felt needed to get out there.