Pearl Simmons, an aging jazz singer in brownstone Brooklyn, fights the early stages of Alzheimer’s. While she presents a strong front to her daughter Cynthia, her sense of place and time begin to slip, and her memories of her days as a jazz singer in 1970s New York clash with the present. Cynthia, struggling to care for her mother, considers an offer to sell the family’s home.

The film stars Michelle Hurst (“Orange is the New Black”), Melanie Nicholls-King (“The Wire), and Jazzmeia Horn (Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Album, 2018).

Writer/Director: Christopher Piazza
Producer: Eli Cane
Director of Photography: Jon Fordham
Original Music and Arrangements: Andrew Gutauskas

 

Awards & Nominations:

Best Short Film (Audience Award)
Winner – Bermuda International Film Festival, SENE Music and Arts Festival

Best Short Film (Jury Award)
Winner – Syracuse International Film Festival
Nominee – Bermuda International Film Festival, Sydney Indie Film Festival, Winter Film Awards, Deep in the Heart Film Festival

Best Actress, Michelle Hurst
Winner – Garden State Film Festival, Winter Film Awards
Nominee – Sydney Indie Film Festival, Winter Film Awards, Deep in the Heart Film Festival

Best Supporting Actress, Melanie Nicholls-King
Nominee – Garden State Film Festival, Winter Film Awards

Best Director, Christopher Piazza
Nominee – Deep in the Heart Film Festival

Best Editing
Winner – Deep in the Heart Film Festival

Best Sound
Winner – Winter Film Awards

 

Film Festival Official Selections

Bermuda International Film Festival (Oscar Qualifying)
Hollyshorts Film Festival Monthly Screening
Sedona International Film Festival
deadCenter Film Festival
Julien Dubuque Film Festival
Garden State Film Festival
Maryland International Film Festival
Lone Star Film Festival
Sydney Indie Film Festival
SENE Music and Arts Film Festival
Harlem International Film Festival
Deep in the Heart Film Festival
Syracuse International Film Festival
Winter Film Awards

Press & Reviews

Singing the Pain Away with “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home”

“Baby Won’t You Please Come Home” Winter Film Awards Review

 

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