AMONG OTHER THINGS
A film by Noah Dixon and Drew Johnson
Three old friends - Merric, Lillian and Thomas - reunite for an afternoon of conversation on their lives, human nature and, among other things, love. The trio sit in Merric’s parlor sharing a bottle of brandy and, as the afternoon unfolds, the atmosphere thickens as each of the three friends fall helplessly in love with one another. Through the exploration of nostalgia and the raw excitement of a nascent love, each character comes to a head as tension in the room builds toward a culmination.
Miami Independent Film Festival - Winner: Best Short Film of the Month
Cindependent Film Festival - Winner: Best Ohio Short Film
Ohio Shorts Wexner Film Festival - Winner: Audience Choice
Film Festival of Columbus - Winner: Best Short Film
Indie Gathering International Film Festival - Winner: Best Short Comedy/Drama
Maumee Film Festival - Winner: Best Short Film
Portland Comedy Film Fest - Official Selection
St. Cloud Film Fest - Official Selection
Westfield International Film Festival - Official Selection
Twin Rivers Media Festival - Official Selection
LA Cine Fest - Official Selection
Iowa Independent Film Festival - Official Selection
Since the beginning of our friendship, the idea of love has always inspired impassioned discourse; we’ve spent countless sleepless nights digging into the absurdity of the emotion and its effect on humans. Consequently, we haven’t gotten very far. Love being entirely intangible makes it almost impossible to fully understand, which can be painful! For us, love is equally negative as it is positive, and that’s something we think a lot of people fail to realize. On one hand, love is security and comfort. On the other hand, it’s hardship, loss and pain. Our goal with Among Other Things was to bring a dialogue to the viewer around the duality of the emotion, because really the only way to deal with love is to increase our awareness and understanding of it, however trivial it may be.
When we originally wrote the film, we wanted to examine — practically with a microscope — the experience of falling in love as an instantaneous and debilitating occurrence. Utilizing the internal narratives of the film’s three characters, we set out to elucidate the perplexing nature of love. In the age of tinder and digital expectations, how many become lost in the search for love and miss its purpose altogether? The events that unfold in the film emphasize both the tender embrace of love and, ultimately, its destructive nature. We feel very strongly that if we, as a society, consistently treat love as a bargaining chip, rather than the chaotic and ephemeral journey it is, we will never increase our understanding of it and what it can do for us.