One Bedroom, dir. Darien Sills-Evans, 83 min, USA
Breaking up is easy. Moving out is hard. After five years of ups and downs, an African American 30-something couple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood spends their final afternoon together arguing and remember better days, as one of them moves out and hopefully on with her life.
Director Bio: DARIEN SILLS-EVANS is known mostly for his television and commercial appearances, but he has also been a directing professionally since he was 19-years-old. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Sills-Evans started his film career writing, producing and directing dozens of PSAs and award-winning educational industrials.
As he wrote “One Bedroom”, Sills-Evans hoped to make a film in which the audience would recognize themselves or someone they knew in the characters, “The film is very Black, but it’s also very universal. These characters could be anyone and in the context of the story, they never actually talk about race. Unfortunately or not, misery in a relationship is something we’ve all seen or experienced. At the very least, I hope that our film can find some laughs and a different point of view to ending romance.”