The U.S. Dramatic contender “Concussion” marks Stacie Passon’s first feature film as writer/director. In 2012, the project was chosen for the Independent Feature Project’s narrative lab. Also in 2012, Passon received the Adrienne Shelly Director’s Grant and the Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers Live the Dream Grant at the Gotham Awards for “Concussion.” She began as a commercial producer and director, creating media for dozens of clients, including Warner Music Group, Donna Karan, IBM, and Sony Music Entertainment. Most recently Passon produced “Elliot King Is Third” for director and mentor Rose Troche.
What It’s About: “The film is about a wealthy suburban, lesbian housewife searching for intimacy who begins a double life in the city.”
What It’s REALLY About: “‘Concussion’ is about marriage, when a person gets lost in the roles they play that they forget who they are, what they need. It’s also very much about how mid-life hits you hard, you realize you have limited time in your beautiful body and some how all these social rules don’t make sense anymore. Abby, the main character wants to feel life and independence and intimacy again and the way she goes about it is pretty interesting.”
What I Want to Provoke: “I audiences to think about broadening the conversation about marriage and fidelity. What makes a marriage. What it takes to keep one. Also how to reclaim independence and identity when you’re so used to being seen as wife, mother, husband, father, etc.”
What I Shot On: Epid Red.
Up Next: “I’m writing a TV show called ‘Animals’ and researching a new feature.”
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