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Synopsis: It’s a cold night in the streets of New York as a weary young man, Ben, is crestfallen by his recent experience as a death doula. His questioning of life and death alerts him to Chloe as she wanders the streets one step ahead of personal disaster. What seems to be a beautiful night of romance turns into questioning the frailties of their existence. Will they overcome their own alienation or continue into their personal madness?

Language

English

Run Time

18 minutes

Starring

Cathy Giannone (Chloe)
Sam LaFrance (Ben)

Directed by

David Robinette

Produced by

Simmie Sangian
Macey Madias

Edited by

Nathan Firn

Cinematographer

Charles Doan

Director's Statement

In my artistic journey, I often explore thematically the results of isolation and the need for human connectivity. I am curious about a world that is increasingly connected virtually, but widespread isolation, loneliness, and addiction seems to be on the rise.
In The Night explores two characters in search of meaning. Ben’s pursuit of purpose has lead him to question life and death. Chloe, in the midst of drawing newly sober breath, has difficulty coming to terms with her seemingly wasted life.

Director's Bio

David Robinette is a writer, director, and educator. His play Eddie was a Semi-finalist for the Austin Film Festival (2020). Also, his plays Man is Wolf and Eddie won Encore Awards at the HFF Festival in Los Angeles (2014/2018). Man is Wolf was also a Finalist in the Script and Story Showcase and the New York Screenplay Contest (2019). His play Crosscut has been a Finalist and Semi-finalist in several playwriting competitions, most notably a Finalist for the Heideman Award. It was also staged as part of the Nine Award Winning plays produced by The Group Rep in Los Angeles (2018). He has now adapted and directed Crosscut as a short film, which was a Finalist is the Portland Short Fest for Best Film, Best Actor, Cinematography, and Editing. David’s short screenplay In The Night was a Finalist and Semi-finalist in several screenwriting competitions: Cinequest Screenwriting Competition (top 50, 2020), Big Apple Film Festival (2019), Hollywood Just 4 Shorts Film and Screenplay contest (2019). David’s feature screenplay Country Song was a Quarter Finalist for the Story Pros International Screenplay Contest (2019) and Official Selection of the Austin Under The Stars Festival (2020)

Production Year

2021

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