Falling Overnight tells the story of twenty-two year old Elliot Carson (Parker Croft) on the day before he has risky surgery to remove a brain tumor. Facing what could be his last night, Elliot’s path intersects with Chloe Webb (Emilia Zoryan), a young photographer who invites him to her art show. Elliot welcomes the distraction and as the night descends, Chloe takes him on an intimate and exhilarating journey through the city. But as morning approaches, and Chloe learns of Elliot’s condition, the magic of the evening unravels, and they must together face the uncertainty of Elliot’s future.
Yes, this does seem familiar. Didn’t we have a similar movie recently with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway? Of course the synopsis of that movie “Love and Other Drugs” was “A woman suffering from Parkinson’s befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer against 1990s Pittsburgh backdrop.” So it’s not the exact story, but I’d say a similar story line. Although many romantic movies have someone who is sick or dying and their love helps them through. Even the Nicholas Spark book-made-movie “A Walk to Remember” eventually led us to a tear jerking end.
Shot on a shoestring budget over fourteen summer nights, Falling Overnight was conceived by director Conrad Jackson in collaboration with writing partners Parker Croft and Aaron Golden. The writing team attempted to capture the numbness and isolation that comes from being “one of the sick people”, highlighting the bittersweet experience of falling in love when the future is uncertain. Instead of filling the story with the heightened, overly dramatic dialogue and scenes that populate much of contemporary film, the filmmakers created a lifelike world for their characters, pouring their own stories, experiences, dreams, and regrets into the script.
Ultimately, it is real life that Elliot will miss.
Comparisons aside, Falling Overnight has been receiving accolades and awards in every direction so the writers, cast and crew did something right.
Winner – Special Jury Prize – Cinequest Film Festival
Winner – Best Independent Feature – Sonoma International Film Festival
Winner – Best Actor in a Feature Film – Nashville Film Festival
Winner – Best Director/Composer Collaboration – Nashville Film Festival
Winner – Best Actor in a Feature Film – JAX Film Festival
Winner – Audience Award – Best Feature Film – Santa Cruz Film Festival
Winner – Best Cinematography – First Glance Philadelphia
Winner – Emerging Talent Award for Best Director – Visionfest
Winner – Breakthrough Performance Best Lead Actor – Visionfest
Winner – Audience Award – Best Feature Film – SENE Film Festival
Winner – Best Feature Film – San Francisco United Film Festival
Winner – Best of Fest – Blue Whiskey International Film Festival
Winner – Best Feature Film – Blue Whiskey International Film Festival
Winner – Best Lead Actor – Blue Whiskey International Film Festival
Winner – Audience Award – Best Feature Film – Chicago United Film Festival
Opening Night Film – Crested Butte Film Festival
Opening Night Film – Vail Film Festival
Closing Night Film – VisionFest