By Vernon Nickerson
Director Monika Wesley’s teams with her Co-Writer Brandon Zinn to produce a film with more plot twists and turns than a typical California mountain highway. Leaving his father’s funeral, Sean discovers a note about an older half-brother named Henry that he never knew. When Sean arrives at Henry’s house, he meets Kate, the mysterious man’s stepdaughter. She is beautiful, disarming and instantly captivating. Kate informs Sean that Henry is a dangerous criminal who sells drugs on the streets of Downtown LA. She agrees to help Sean find his brother, but not without fair warning. As Sean spends time with Kate, he begins to fall for her, but nothing is really as it seems. As Sean gets closer to uncovering the truth, he wonders whom it is that he should really suspect.
The compelling and engaging screenplay masterfully draws the viewer into an intricate web of drama, dark comedy, and mystery. For such a complex tale to work,Director Wesley has gathered a talented and close-knit ensemble of actors: Hannah Telle as Kate, Robert Hook as Sean, her love interest for most of the film and Eric Davis as Henry Barnes, the villain who morphs into Kate’s spurned lover.
Additional kudos to actor-singer Hannah Telle who performs two of her original compositions, “Mountains You Can Move” and “Follow Me Home”. Her musical performances are integral to her role as Kate. All of the music in this film fits seamlessly with the story and moves the narrative along. This wonderfully delightful film premiered at the 2016 Dances With Films Festival.
Comedy + Drama + Music = a Fine End-of-Summer Fantasy and left me hoping for a sequel. See it with someone you love, or, with someone you want to love.
Either way, you can’t go wrong.
I Live For You 1h 25min
I Live For You Trailer from Monika Wesley on Vimeo.
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