A short film written by Caroline Bloom     directed by Barbara Stepansky

The exchange of a used piano makes two strangers confront their own failures. Runtime: 13:47 min. 2016.

The Story

Penelope is a classical pianist living in Los Angeles. Despite her impressive training, she has been struggling to make her dream happen and has decided to sell her upright piano before moving back home with her parents. Xavier, a single father and former jazz pianist comes to buy her piano for his teenage son, from whom he is estranged. Upon this chance encounter, these two strangers realize that they have more in common than they think.
DA CAPO is an Italian musical term meaning “from the top.” The story explores the idea of failure, and the way a musician's creative life, or any artist's creative life, can often be more painful than beautiful.

About the Team 

Barbara Stepansky

DIRECTOR
Barbara Stepansky is a 2013 Nicholl Fellow and an award-winning independent feature film director. Her work was short listed for the Academy Awards, garnered the DGA Diversity Award and the Student Emmy and was featured on the Black List. She is the recipient of the Mary Pickford Foundation Scholarship and the Franklin J. Schaffner AFI Fellow Award. Barbara pursued her Master's at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and in Directing at the American Film Institute. She has directed three feature films (HURT with Melora Walters, William Mapother, FUGUE, TAKEN FOR RANSOM with Teri Polo, Chazz Palminteri, Tia Carrere), several web series (EX-BEST, AWKWARD SUNRISE) and numerous short films (THE TROJAN COW, ROAD RAGE, SUBSTANCE). Currently, she in development on several feature film projects.
View Barbara's website here.
 

Caroline Bloom

WRITER, "PENELOPE"
Caroline started playing classical piano at age 5, and continued until she decided to pursue acting. She received a BFA in Drama from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, as well as a second degree in Italian Language and Culture. A feature film she stars in, with an ensemble cast, THE FROGMARCH, had its world premiere in July 2016 at the New Hope Film Festival. She will appear in a supporting role in Fever Dream Production’s upcoming short film, BIANCA. She has acted on stage in Los Angeles and New York, and most recently performed with Camerata Pacifica, reciting French poetry in Claude Debussy’s Les Chansons de Bilitis. Caroline has also worked in Film Education and Shorts Programming for the LA Film Festival, the No Budget Film Festival, and the Guadalajara International Film Festival in LA. Raised in Northampton, Massachusetts, she is half French, speaks French, Italian, and Spanish. She lives in Los Angeles.
View Caroline's website here.
 

Moe Irvin

"XAVIER"
Moe Irvin is a Southern California native fast becoming a name to watch. He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and a founding member of the Whitmore Eclectic Theatre Group. His television credits include guest starring roles on the upcoming FX Pilot; SNOWFALL, the new CBS pilot; Pure Genius, Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street to name a few and is most recognized for his role as Nurse Tyler on ABC's Grey's Anatomy for seven seasons. He can also be seen in supporting roles in the recently released feature films; As Night Comes and Dutchbook. He has worked in nearly 100 national and regional commercials including spokesperson roles for ESPN and FRAWG WIRELESS and his theatre credits include lead roles as "Satan" in Last days of Judas Iscariot, "Rooftop" in Our Lady of 121st Street, and Ralph D. in the ACTORS STUDIO production of “Motherfucker with the Hat”. He is also the writer/director of the short film STANFORD & SON which was nominated for best short film at the Pan African Film Festival 2015, recently aired on Magic Johnson’s ASPIRE network and is airing on SHORTS.TV in both North America and Europe.
 

Madeleine Mindling

PRODUCER
Madeleine is a film and commercial media producer. She has developed story-driven content for brands such as Verizon Mobile, Pepsi, Braun, and ThinkCERCA. Her short film, The Script Re-Write, recently won Best Comedy at Atlanta Shortsfest. Maddie is also an operations manager and coordinator for a number of international film festivals, including Guadalajara International, Chicago International, TCM, and LAFF. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
 

Abraham Amkpa

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Most recently Abraham was the production coordinator for the festival bound short film "Valentina," a film by Baby Byrd Productions, and he can also be seen acting on show's such as NBC's "Aquarius", FX's "The People Vs. OJ", HBO's "The Boring Life of Jacqueline", and CBS's "NCIS" & "The Young & the Restless." 
View Abraham's website here.

Aymae Sulick

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Aymae Sulick is an LA-based cinematographer who has shot award-winning films, documentaries, television shows, and commercials. Her work has aired on networks that include PBS, CBS, TLC, A&E, Bravo, and ESPN, and has screened at numerous festivals.  She earned her MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She is happiest when immersed in visual storytelling.
View Aymae's website here.
 

Tom Obed

PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Tom Obed is an LA based production designer and art director whose work includes commercial and independent film credits. He has worked on festival favorites, as an art director on THE INVITATION (dir. Karyn Kusama), ONE & TWO (dir. Andrew Droz Palermo) and DAY OUT OF DAYS (dir. Zoe R. Cassavetes), and production designed the award-winning, HUNTER GATHERER (dir. Josh Locy) and DOGWALKER (dir. Kim Sherman).

 

Assistant Director Abraham Amkpa | Editor Barbara Stepansky | Assistant Editor  Josh Sasson | Key Make-Up Lexxi Ledezma
1st AC Tyler Dopp | 2nd AC Ryan Slominski | Gaffer Roberto Ramos | Grip & Electric Tehillah De Castro, Alberto Gonzalez
Sound Mixer Janna R. Lopez Räven | Production Assistance Kelli Quock, Victoria Leduc, Mariana Mendez

Jazz Improvisation Performed by Kevin Toney | Hand Double Kevin Toney
"Chrome Toothpaste Jingle" Written and Performed by Caroline Bloom
"Reflets dans L’eau" Written by Claude Debussy and Performed by Caroline Bloom
Post Production Sound Ryan Kleeman

 Festival Screenings

Pittsburgh Shorts

Cleveland International Film Festival  

Napa Valley Film Festival, Napa, CA.

FilmColumbia, Chatham, NY.

Burbank International Film Festival 

"10 x 10" Series, Los Angeles, CA. 

Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham AL.

Salute Your Shorts Festival, Los Angeles, CA.

LA Shorts 

NewFilmmakers NY

New Hope Film Festival, New Hope, PA.

*World Premiere*Newport Beach Film Festival , Newport Beach, CA.

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