Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is a proud sponsor of the Naples International Film Festival, which opens Thursday with Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway’s drama Song One. The movie’s Florida debut is part of a red-carpet opening event at Artis-Naples, which will feature several of the festival’s filmmakers, including Song One’s writer/producer/director Kate Barker-Froyland.
The tale of artistic struggle and the impact of music is the first feature film by Barker-Froyland, who initially met Hathaway on the set of The Devil Wears Prada back in 2006, when she was assistant to the movie’s director, David Frankel. “Director Jonathan Demme reconnected us,” she says, explaining that after conceiving the story of a young woman’s journey, she was “able to rewrite with Anne in mind. She was wonderful, and we had a great time working together. She was also one of the producers on the film.”
Shot in Barker-Froyland’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York, the movie pays homage to the area’s indie music scene. “It was a dream to shoot there,” she relates. “I’ve been to so many places that I wanted to film, like Pete’s Candy Store, and the Bowery Ballroom. There were so many talented musicians, and it was important to be able to shoot the performances live, and capture the feeling of going to a show.”
The biggest challenge of filming was time,” Barker-Froyland continues. “We shot the film in 28 days, and it was a challenge to shoot in the different locations, including spending two days filming in Morocco, where [Hathaway’s character] Franny goes to escape and immerse herself.”
The film, which also features Oscar-winning actress Mary Steenburgen, is ultimately about the power of music. “I’m fascinated by music, and how it has the ability to connect all of us,” she concludes. “A song can elicit such an immediate emotional reaction. Music is the connective thread between people — it is the universal language.”
photos courtesy of Kate Barker-Froyland