Big Significant Things

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    Big Significant Things

    Directed by

    USA

    2013

    85 min

    • English

    Comedy drama

    At 26 years old, Craig (Harry Lloyd) seems to be doing pretty well for himself. He has job stability, a supportive family, and is about to start a wonderful new chapter with his girlfriend. With big life changes on the horizon, what better time to lie to your girlfriend so you can go on a road trip by yourself to the south?

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    Credits

    Cast
    Harry Lloyd
    Krista Kosonen
    Sylvia Grace Crim
    James Ricker II
    Travis Koop
    Peter Cameron
    Elisabeth Gray
    Glenn Hollis
    Screenplay
    Bryan Reisberg
    Cinematography
    Luca Del Puppo
    Editing
    Dean C. Marcial
    Music
    Mark Orton

    Director's Statement

    I used to daydream about just leaving: going on a trip and not telling anybody. I wasn't serious about it, but I had these naiv and romantic visions of leaving my job and friends and family behind in lieu of a wildly spontaneous adventure into the unknown expanses of the world. I think they call that vagrancy these days. Unfortunately these fantasies usually reduced into logistical exercises. So instead of dreaming about this "wildly spontaneous adventure, I would spend a lot of time thinking about the implications of being unreachable, who I would need to e-mail to defer student loans, important dates for online bill payment, what my mother would think. She'd probably start chain smoking, stressing about where she went wrong - and you can't really enjoy wild spontaneity knowing that it's also killing your poor mother. And then I'm also broke so I'm not sure how I'd even pay for it anyways.

    So it all got really stressful to even think about. And on top of that, I was reminded of some of my favorite films from the 60s and 70s that dealt with similar themes, albeit during an incredibly volatile time in America. At that time, there was a lot to either fight for, or escape from. So it made me think - well - what do I have to run away from? I'm 25 and I hav a leak-proof roof over my head and a steady job that doesn't require any physical labor. So in the span of an hour these delusions just turned me into me hating myself for whining about my perfectly normal, if not fortunate, life.

    With that in mind, I wanted to explore a character that had similar passing fancies, but hadn't yet contemplated the reality of those decisions. And that just seemed like a funny idea to me. Nobody likes to think about their limitations, or the fact that their life may not turn out how they had hoped. So when you start to notice a discrepancy between what you expect of yourself and who you really are - I think for anyone at any age, that's incredibly tough to deal with. A lot of these questions were explored in some of my favorite films that inspired BIG SIGNIFICANT THINGS: FIVE EASY PIECES, THE LANDLORD, ABOUT SCHMIDT. Adopting the stylistic approach of those films, and more of the humanist American films from the 1970s gave me a foundation whereupon I could pay homage to those films, but also explore similar ideals in a more contemporary setting.

    Production
    UNCORKED PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    A good-looking debut.

    John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

    Bryan Reisberg

    Bryan Reisberg

    USA

    After graduating from NYU's Tisch School, Bryan Reisberg's first short film FATHER/SON premiered at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival. He recently directed THE WALKER, a web series starring Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan. Since forming Uncorked Productions with Andrew Corkin in 2008, Bryan has also directed music videos and commercials. BIG SIGNIFICANT THINGS is Bryan's first feature film.