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I was teaching a method acting scene study class at the Lee Strasberg Film and Theatre Institute, and Dan walked into my class.
He was late, disheveled, but had that rock star quality. He said he had grown up on Sunset Boulevard.
I knew immediately that there was a lot going on inside of him. I gave him a scene from a Sam Shepard play, and witnessed
him begin to unleash an inferno through his work. He asked me if I'd help him develop a script idea, a very personal one.
Dan's story is one of many young people searching for their identity when their parents aren't around. When those kids are
also creatives, it can be a blessing and dangerous.
In our protagonist's story, we see a lost kid whose talent gets him a lot of attention fast, and with that comes a responsibility
he has never learned how to manage. Around this time, The House of Blues was being torn down on Sunset Boulevard to build
condos, I thought again of Dan's story.
How do we find a moral compass without guidance? How do we clear through all of the noise to listen to our own souls for
that guidance? Is one song at a time enough to truly impact the world? We are in a revolution now, where equality is demanded
and voices are crying to be heard.
It is a time when creative minds are pushing to the forefront and seeking a new system, and new guidance. I decided to
work with Dan. His personal story of rising, stumbling, and then finding a path forward connected with me, and I believe will
ring true for all of us as we move forward into a new world, one personal revolution at a time.
WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER & EDITOR
Kymberly Harris is a Director/Writer/Producer and founder of Firsthand Films, LLC. She wrote and directed the award-winning
shorts Rose's Turn (2017), that was at Cannes, and FAITH (2018), winner of BEST SHORT at New York International Film Festival.
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SAT. APRIL 24
3:00 PM BLOCK
I HEARD SARAH
Ian Ford is a troubled rock star who has just snuck out of his court mandated rehab and is on a mission to get back to his
hometown. His desperation and inner turmoil leads him to track down his best friend to finally confront the deep secret that
fractured their relationship years ago. His survival hangs in the balance as he attempts to finally face his fears and guilt
and find a path to recovery.