Taglines: A moment can change everything.
Franny Ellis (Anne Hathaway), an anthropology student, returns home from her PhD thesis work in Morocco to see her estranged brother, Henry (Ben Rosenfield), a musician who entered a coma after being hit by a car.
To revive Henry and repair their relationship, Franny uses writings from Henry’s journal to travel among New York City music clubs, where she takes notes on the phrases and music she observes. She fills Henry’s sterile hospital room with familiar sounds and scents. Eventually, Franny meets Henry’s favorite musician, James Forrester (Johnny Flynn), at his concert, and convinces him to play for Henry. Franny and James explore New York City through Henry’s experiences, develop a romantic relationship, and Henry awakens.
Oscar winner Anne Hathaway stars as Franny in Song One, a romantic drama set against the backdrop of Brooklyn’s vibrant modern-folk music scene. After Franny’s musician brother Henry (Ben Rosenfield) is injured and hospitalized in a coma following a car accident, Franny returns home after a long estrangement and begins to use his notebook as a guide to how his life has evolved in her absence.
Song One is an American drama film written and directed by Kate Barker-Froyland at her directorial debut. The film follows Franny Ellis (Anne Hathaway), an anthropology student who returns to New York City after her estranged brother, Henry (Ben Rosenfield), a musician, entered a coma; to revive Henry and repair their relationship, Franny uses her anthropologist instincts. After attending a concert by Henry’s favorite musician, James Forrester (Johnny Flynn), Franny shares her brother’s story with James, who comes to the hospital to play at Henry’s bedside.
The film premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 30th Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2014, and opened in the United States on January 23, 2015, to mixed-to-negative critical reviews.
Directed by: Kate Barker-Froyland
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Mary Steenburgen, Johnny Flynn, Gideon Glick, Ben Rosenfield, Li Jun Li, Crystal Lonneberg, Katrina E. Perkins, Jessamine Kelley
Screenplay by: Kate Barker-Froyland
Production Design by: Jade Healy
Cinematography by: John Guleserian
Film Editing by: Madeleine Gavin
Costume Design by: Emma Potter
Set Decoration by: Brandon Tonner-Connolly
Music by: Johnathan Rice, Jenny Lewis
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, and brief language.
Studio: The Film Arcade
Releas Date: January 23, 2015