Songs She Wrote About People She Knows

Songs She Wrote About People She Knows

Dir. Kris Elgstrand
S16mm / 80 minutes / 2014

Carol, an emotionally repressed woman, loses friends and alienates people when she begins singing songs she wrote about people she knows. But she unexpectedly inspires her boss, to whom she dedicates the song Asshole Dave, to attempt to reignite his dream of becoming a rock star.

c. A Blue Car Films / Champagne Roll Productions / Legstand

Official Selection - Highlights: 

Toronto International Film Festival 2014, Toronto, Canada (World Premiere)

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2015, Santa Barbara, CA, USA (US Premiere) *Independent Competition

Cinequest Film Festival 2015, San Jose, CA, USA *Competition

Nashville Film Festival 2015, Nashville, USA *New Directors Competition

Lima Independiente Festival Internacional de Cine 2015, PERU (International Premiere) *New Directors

Belgrade US Indie Film Festival 2015, Belgrade, SERBIA (European Premiere)

Festival History: 

Toronto International Film Festival 2014, Toronto, Canada (World Premiere)

Vancouver International Film Festival 2014, Vancouver, Canada 

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2015, Santa Barbara, CA, USA (US Premiere) *Independent Competition

Cinequest Film Festival 2015, San Jose, CA, USA *Competition

Nashville Film Festival 2015, Nashville, USA *New Directors Competition

USA Film Festival 2015, Dallas, USA

Lima Independiente Festival Internacional de Cine 2015, PERU (International Premiere) *New Directors

Indy Film Festival 2015, Indianapolis, USA

Arizona Underground Film Festival 2015, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2015, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Lady Filmmakers Festival 2015, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Belgrade US Indie Film Festival 2015, Belgrade, SERBIA (European Premiere)

SF Indiefest 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA

"Amy Belling’s colour-rich camera work and Drew Shaffer’s kitschy production design are the principal reasons to catch this (mostly) Vancouver-set oddity." GEORGIA STRAIGHT
Ken Eisner (Sept. 25, 2014)

"gobsmackingly good" and "strangely beautiful"
- NOW, Susan G. Cole (Aug. 28, 2014)

"...a delightfully cynical quasi-musical featuring original songs..."
- INDIEWIRE, Zainab Akande (Sept. 4, 2014)

"Nobody in this movie reacts as they do on planet Earth, but that’s part of its charm."
- TORONTO SUN, Jim Slotek (Sept. 8, 2014)

"Bushnell and Dryborough make for a wonderful comedic odd couple, delivering what finally amounts to a heartfelt search for self-improvement."
- DORK SHELF, Andrew Parker (Sept. 2, 2014)

"comedy that will amuse and delight you."
- TWITCHFILM, Peter Martin (Sept. 8, 2014)

"Cinequest 2015 Festival Picks" and "The influence of Godard's A Woman is a Woman might be discerned."
- METRO NEWSPAPER SAN JOSE, Richard von Busack (Feb. 25, 2015)

"Elgstrand strikes the right balance of quirk and sincerity."
- Maclean's, Barry Hertz (Sept. 6, 2014)

"Extremely amusing and with a very dry, humorous streak in it, Songs She Wrote About People She Knows is a visually striking and, at times, truly hypnotic first feature from Canadian director and screenwriter Kris Elgstrand."
- CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL, Liva Petersone (Jan. 28, 2015)

"Beautiful art direction and winsome performances make this a charmingly quirky film."
- VANCOUVERPRESENTS.COM, David C. Jones (Oct. 5, 2014)

"Bushnell is incredible in her role, Brad Dryborough is even one step further as Dave. Definitely check this one out."
- TORONTO FILM SCENE, William Brownridge

"Songs She Wrote About People She Knows is a comedy with a serious underpinning."
- METRO TORONTO, Richard Crouse (Sept. 4, 2014)

Awards

3 Canadian Screen Awards 2016 Nominations:
* Best Original Score (Chris Gestrin)
* Achievement in Costume Design (Arabella Bushnell)
* Best Original Song, Asshole Dave (Kris Elgstrand) 

Winner of Best Narrative Feature, SF Indie Fest 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA 

Winner of New Directors Competition, Nashville Film Festival 2015, Tennessee, USA

Winner of Best Foreign Feature at the Lady Filmmakers Festival 2015, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Winner of Jury's Special Mention for the Most Innovative Film at the Belgrade US Indie Film Festival 2015, Serbia