Song One
U.S. Dramatic


2014, 86 minutes, color, U.S.A.

For a while now, Franny has been in Morocco researching Bedouin tribes for her PhD in anthropology. The last time she spoke to her brother, Henry, they fought brutally over his decision to ditch college and become a musician. When a terrible accident puts Henry in a coma, Franny rushes home to New York. Desperately seeking clues to his recovery, she dips her toe into the Brooklyn music scene he inhabited, attending a concert by his singer/songwriter hero, James Forester. When James unexpectedly visits Henry’s hospital room, a spark kindles between Franny and this reticent stranger. In the vibrant coffeehouses and clubs they frequent, love and grief intermingle. Franny discovers a new appreciation for her family and the possibility of truly connecting with people, rather than living life solely as an observer.

The quiet chemistry between Anne Hathaway and Johnny Flynn is palpable as they navigate disquietingly grave moments and savor transcendent ones. In Song One, subway troubadours, scratchy tracks on a gramophone, late-night guitar noodling, and gentle hospital serenades create an organic musical landscape that paves the way to each character’s gentle awakening.

Director: Kate Barker-Froyland

Screenwriter: Kate Barker-Froyland

Producers: Marc Platt, Jonathan Demme, Adam Shulman, Anne Hathaway, Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners

Executive Producers: Maria Cestone, Sarah E. Johnson, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel

Cinematographer: John Guleserian

Editor: Madeleine Gavin

Music: Jenny Lewis, Johnathan Rice

Principal Cast: Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen, Ben Rosenfield

About the Director

Kate Barker-Froyland is the writer/director of Song One, her first feature film. Her short film, Match, screened in Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art's New Directors/New Films program and was a semifinalist for the Student Academy Awards. She was selected for the IFP-Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Emerging Visions program. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Barker-Froyland received her MFA in directing from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn.


1/20/2014 3:30 pm
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/21/2014 8:30 am
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/22/2014 6:30 pm
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC
1/23/2014 11:30 am
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/24/2014 11:45 am
Egyptian Theatre, Park City