Images and Text Copyright H Brougher / Waking Pictures unless otherwise noted.
HOME IS WHERE YOUR HEART BREAKS.
Who are we without the people we love?
LILA (Talia Balsam) has built a life of fragile tranquility around her family. Shortly after her teen daughters leave for summer adventures, her husband (Scott Cohen) of two decades unexpectedly announces the birth of a child with another women, and Lila tests her bonds to her best friend GIGI (Andrus Nichols) and begins a friendship with a younger man (Michael Oberholtzer).
Set in the lush span of a single summer, the film is a portrait of a woman at a moment of loss and reconfiguration. Interwoven into the fabric of Lila’s journey, are her children, friends, and neighbors. As Lila’s world falls apart, those who count on her, likewise come undone.
The crew shelters from the sun. Photo: A. Farrant
Violet, Carlan, Guthrie, Sophie and Raj
Andrus Nichols, Violet Rea and Alistair Farrant
Talia Balsam, Scott Cohen and Violet Rea
Macaulee Rusnak and Midori Francis
Macaulee Rusnak, Midori Francis and Michael Oberholtzer
L to R: Violet Rea, Maria Majoli, Ethan Mass, Susan A. Stover and Savannah McCauley film the short film WAKE O WAKE, a study for SOUTH MOUNTAIN.
Maria Rosenblum and Ethan Mass
Home is where the food is.
Kristin Frost and Susan Stover
Violet Rea and Naian Gonzalez Norvind
The So Mo family packs up!
Our cast features Talia Balsam (Divorce, Mad Men) as LILA, Scott Cohen (Gilmore Girls, Billions) as EDGAR, Andrus Nichols (Bedlam Theater's Joan of Arc, Hamlet) as GIGI, Naian Gonzalez Norvind (Gotham) as DARA, Michael Oberholtzer (TV: Good Girls in Revolt, B'way: Hand to God ) as JONAH, Macaulee Rusnak Cassaday as SAM, Midori Francis as EMME, Isis Masoud as GEMMA, Guthrie Mass as JAKE and Violet Rea as CHARLOTTE.
A film about home made with heart.
This is a film about family brought together when things fall apart. "Home" in this film is not a back-drop, it embodies the psyche of a family at a moment of profound change. Our film embraces the reality and intimacy of time and place and celebrates the moments in which the mundane and mystical collide.
The film is based on an original script by Hilary Brougher. In 2015 Hilary and Producer Susan Stover workshopped a short film, WAKE O WAKE as a study for SOUTH MOUNTAIN. The short explored the thematics, tone and aesthetics of a small production using natural light. We were honored to share it with audiences at the Maine International Film Festival and the Woodstock International Film Festival.
Producer Kristin Frost and Executive Producer Jean Castelli completed our team and in the Summer of 2017 we completed principal photography in Upstate N.Y. Photographed in real locations, with natural light, hand-held camera and a small crew, we are proud to have made a film with a small production footprint that resonates all the more deeply because of the intimacy of its making.
SOUTH MOUNTAIN is currently in post-production, for completion in Spring of 2018.
Writer/Director HILARY BROUGHER's debut feature THE STICKY FINGERS OF TIME premiered at The Venice International Film Festival in 1997 and went on to play at The Toronto, Rotterdam and SXSW International Film Festivals. Hilary’s second feature STEPHANIE DALEY with Tilda Swinton and Amber Tamblyn, won the Waldo Salt Screenplay Award at Sundance, 2007 and Best Director at the Milan International Film Festival. Hilary is also a full time faculty member at Columbia University School of the Arts, MFA Film Program, the faculty advisor for Columbia Women in Film and the mother of two teens.
Producer SUSAN A. STOVER was born in Texas and practiced law before becoming a producer known for WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, HIGH ART and LAUREL CANYON. She collaborated with Good Machine and Isen Robbins to produce Hilary Brougher’s first feature, THE STICKY FINGERS OF TIME in 1997. Susan lives in NYC with her wife and two children.
Producer, KRISTIN FROST is a New York City-based producer and writer, originally from Virginia. A 2016 graduate of Columbia’s M.F.A. Creative Producing program where she produced a number of short films including STAY AWAKE, which premiered at the 2015 Berlinale, won the 2015 Slamdance Jury Award and was nominated for a 2016 BAFTA U.S. Student Film Award, as well as SUNDAE, which premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival and was hailed as a ‘Critic’s Pick’ of the Shorts Program. In May 2015, Frost was also awarded the 2015 HBO Young Producers Award for SEARCH PARTY which premiered in August 2016 at the NBC Universal Short Film Festival. She recently co-produced and UPM'ed the first feature, HOLY NEW YORK and is in development on a feature, THE FACE OF THE EARTH, which will shoot in Puerto Rico.
Executive Producer JEAN-CHRISTOPHE CASTELLI is a New York City-based producer and screenwriter, most recently on Ang Lee’s 2016 feature, BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK. He is also the author of The Making of Life of Pi (Harper Design, 2012), and was an associate producer on the film. For many years he was the story editor for the independent production company Good Machine, working with Ang Lee, Todd Haynes, Nicole Holofcener, Alison MacLean and other directors. At that time, he executive produced Hilary Brougher’s 1997 debut feature, THE STICKY FINGERS OF TIME. His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Elle, The Village Voice and other publications.
Casting Director PAUL SCHNEE is originally from Wilmington, Delaware and is a graduate of Kenyon College. After graduating, Paul worked at ICM for legendary agent Sam Cohn, then as assistant to director Mike Nichols. He and Kerry formed Barden/Schnee Casting in 2008. In addition to casting for film, Paul directs theatre in New York, most recently Pucker Up and Blow for FringeNYC, The Children’s Hour, After the Fall and Awake and Sing! for the Atlantic Theatre Company/NYU and the world premiere of Napoleon in Exile by Daniel Reitz at 59E59 Theatres. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Paul lives in Brooklyn NY with his wife and daughters. Barden/Schnee’s credits include: WINTERS BONE, HIGHER GROUND, THE HELP, STILL ALICE, CONFIRMATION, PITCH PERFECT 2, BERLIN STATION, GIRL ON THE TRAIN, SPOTLIGHT, GIRLBOSS, 13 REASONS WHY.
All images copyright H. Brougher, 2017