Venue: Virtual Festival
Duration: 1 hour 44 minutes 7 seconds
Director: Sara Beth (SB) Edwards Producers: Maria Finitzo, Cynthia Kane, Diane Quon Executive Producers: Barbara Kopple, Jolene Pinder, Gordon Quinn, Hugh Schulze Directors of Photography: Hillary Bachhelder, Bing Liu, Adam Singer, Keith Walker Editor: Liz Kaar Music: Miriam Cutler Featuring: Sophia Wallace, Dr. Stacey Dutton, Dr. Lisa Diamond, Ti Chang, Umnia, Becca, Jasmine, Sunny, Coriama
Genre: Activist RomCom Country: USA
FALL BACK DOWN Director: Sara Beth (SB) Edwards
2020 | CANADA |1 hour 44 minutes 7 seconds
Nick Colby, once a fearless and passionate activist, is now a shadow of his former self. Ever since the radical love of his life – Lizzie Reardon – went on a humanitarian mission to Nigeria and never bothered to talk to him again, leaving Nick’s heart and idealism in ruins. A fact he masks by championing the slacker lifestyle and perfecting an epic “Who gives a shit” attitude. It can’t hurt if you don’t care anyway.
Nick’s jaded antics and brutal sarcasm may be funny, but the misery behind his bravado is painfully transparent to his sister Althea and her girlfriend Seb – the only people still close to Nick. Nick’s long run of getting (himself) fired from tedious, dead-end jobs leads to employment in a sweatshop – raising fears about how much lower he’ll sink and what they can possibly do to restore him to the anarchist royalty he once was.
At the Everly garment factory, Nick meets Reena – an uptight, young South Asian woman who takes an immediate dislike to his presence. Retaliating against Reena’s ongoing hostility ignites a spark of engagement that slowly rekindles Nick’s blackened soul.
When Reena and Nick witness what she suspects is murder disguised as a workplace accident, she begs Nick not to tell anyone what they’ve seen. They are both disposible in the eyes of their bosses and the textile mafia. Forced together through this shared secret, Nick and Reena embark on an odyssey of investigation and survival, ultimately realizing they are not so incompatible after all.
Their feelings for each other grow in step with the threat of being assassinated – and then Lizzie shows up. Now Nick doesn’t know who or what he wants. His indecisiveness lays the groundwork for a series of misunderstandings and misadventures that crush the fragile new romance with Reena. And to make matters worse, Lizzie is going to blow their cover to serve her own sense of justice.
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