Musical/Drama | 104 mins | 2012
“Passionate, humorous…a crowd-pleaser…will win your heart…” – indieWIRE
“a delightful film….divine music, charming performances…a hidden treasure…” – Twitch
“…full of catchy tunes and clever lyrics…good old-fashioned entertainment” – Empire Magazine
Music & Lyrics by
Written, Shot & Directed by
Short listed for IFP’s Gotham Audience Award
Film of the Festival (Raindance Film Festival)
Dan Harkins Breakthrough Filmmaker Award (Phoenix Film Festival)
Cox Audience Award (Phoenix Film Festival)
Best Director (Flyway Film Festival)
Best Picture (Idyllwild Film Festival)
Best Director (Idyllwild Film Festival)
Best Soundtrack (Idyllwild Film Festival)
Best FIlm (AMFM Film Festival)
When struggling songwriter Joe gets to write for an off-Broadway show, he knows exactly who the leading lady should be and it isn’t his performer girlfriend, Evey (Christina Rose). Joe may want to cast his new muse Summer (Debbie Williams) as the lead but that might just come at a very high price.
Beginning life as crowdfunded project on Kickstarter, this is a beautiful, modern day musical with witty, narrative driven lyrics and a score that harkens back to the big Broadway shows. The songs are not just a vehicle to move the story but are integral to the characters’ lives, the way in which they express their hopes and fears. The monotony of the everyday becomes magical when they sing, reality blending seamlessly with cinematic stylization. The fact that the real life film’s songwriter Joe Schermann plays the character of the same name adds to this blurring of boundaries.
A sense of hope pervades the film with the idea that it takes just one person to change your life – and then the dream WILL become reality. All round strong, emotive performances in this delicious love triangle make for a sensory experience you won’t forget. — Jean Lynch (Editor, Close-Up Film)
In this award-winning movie musical, an aspiring Broadway songwriter jeopardizes his budding career and the relationships around him when he encounters a talented singer whose voice he believes is beyond compare.
Winner of the top Jury Prize for “Film of the Festival” (Raindance UK), the Audience Award (Phoenix Film Festival) and short listed for IFP’s Gotham Audience Award, Gary King’s “How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song” is an original musical that takes a unique look at love, artistic inspiration and relationships through a composer’s journey in writing the score to an Off-Broadway show. Critics are calling it “a crowd-pleaser” (indieWIRE) and “a hidden treasure” (Twitch). When Joe (Joe Schermann) lands an opportunity to write for an Off-Broadway show, he is forced to cast either the love of his life, Evey (Christina Rose) or his newly discovered muse, Summer (Debbie Williams). The realities of show business prove to Joe that writing is easy, living is hard. Filled with “catchy tunes and clever lyrics” (Empire Magazine), this is a cinematic experience you won’t forget.