One Day Home

Sometimes you find more than you're shopping for.

A short film from Rebecca Louise Miller, Susan Brennan and Drew Denny.

 

Still in shock from the implosion of her marriage, Frida braves the world's largest department store on a quest for the perfect mattress.

She finds much more than she's shopping for.

 

A note from screenwriter and actress Rebecca Louise Miller:

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One Day Home was inspired by an experience I had almost two years ago.

I needed a bed.

My marriage had ended suddenly a few weeks prior; it was my first dance with wild, consuming grief. I was living out of a suitcase, careening between shock and grinding sadness. I had more than a few epic meltdowns on public transportation. 

I'd just signed the lease on a new apartment and needed a place to sleep. Alone. Life is like that: we’re faced with a flood of new decisions at the very moments we're least equipped to make them. 

So on a bleak post-post-Holiday Saturday, I braved the One Day Home Sale at a colossal midtown department store. This was a terrifying purchase; here I was, waist deep in a new life I hadn't chosen or desired, committing to the piece of furniture that would provide the starting and ending point of every day of that life.

As I made my way across the expanse of memory foam and spring coils, something surprising happened: I kept making eye contact with a man across the room. For what must have been an hour, we'd catch sight of each other as we lay down and rose up, approximating the act of waking and sleeping over and over again. It was funny at first, then weirdly intimate- it's rare to find oneself in bed with a stranger, even several yards apart. And out of nowhere, there it was: my first, fraught, complicated taste of desire.

That moment- the sudden return of appetite- is the real crux of our film. While it’s involuntary, it’s also a profound opportunity to choose life, even through the fog of loss. That's the impulse One Day Home seeks to capture in all its hot, achy, mis-timed glory.

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When I told my friend Susan Brennan, a talented screenwriter and poet, about my mattress adventure, she urged me to write it into a short screenplay. A few months later we started building our team, beginning with our remarkable director. Drew Denny is a powerful visual storyteller, who we chose for her ability to beautifully convey subtle and profound moments of human connection.

The mattress store setting is key to our film. It's a serene utopia, offering up blank slate after blank slate where characters can try on countless new lives. To capture its essence, we hired cinematographer Autumn Eakin; her work is sensual, surprising, and clever.

Our plan is to shoot the entire film in just two nights, which means we need to assemble a lean, high-diesel, professional indie film crew and a cast capable of beautiful work on a tight timeframe. We’re so pleased to announce that we've cast One Day Home with the most skillful and soulful actors in New York City.

We hope you’ll join us in bringing this story to life. So much passion, heart, and time has already been invested in One Day Home, and we can’t move forward without you.

Join us. Jump into bed with One Day Home.