I AM YOUR FRIEND
Short Film / 2017 / 8 Minutes
A friendship is put to the test when two teenage boys are left alone for the weekend. As the teenagers confront their neighborhood rivals, horseplay escalates to violence throwing their loyalty to one another into question.
Writer/Director/Producer: Nicholas Payne Santos
AD/Producer: Adam R. Brown
AD/Producer: Matthew John Lawrence
Sound Design/Mix/Producer: Jordan Eusebio
AC/Gaffer: Michael Sutter
Makeup Artist: Shondell Baijoo
Production Assistants: Nick Heet & Nick Carlascio
Score: Crooked Coast
Starring Amir Royale & Jackson Quinn Gray
With Nick Carlascio & Brian Roque
I AM YOUR FRIEND is inspired by my experiences growing up in a mostly-white suburb in New England and how my friendships were either made stronger or fell apart. Our relationships as kids are complicated and fragile. The dynamic between two teenage boys is supportive and competitive, intimate and violent, loyal and mistrustful, all at the same time. Those dynamics are influenced by rivalries with other teens, girls, drugs, sex, violence and straight-up poor decision making. With this film, I wanted to send viewers back to that time in our lives, when our worlds depended so heavily on those complex connections with friends.
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