East Coast Premiere of Independent Drama Like Reply Share at Katra Film Series, August 28

Brooklyn, NY — Like Reply Share, the first feature film by award-winning writer-director Josh Peterson and Sweepshutter Films, will screen as the Closing Night film of the 2020 Summer Katra Film Series, online this year due to the pandemic. Peterson and co-leads Dezi Solèy and Penny Werner will participate in a virtual Q&A after the 7 p.m. EDT livestream on Friday, August 28 (tickets at

Shot in Berkeley, California, this micro-budget film features S.F. Bay Area rising stars Dezi Solèy and Penny Werner as two women, strangers to each other, who are briefly thrown together by happenstance and struggle toward real-world connection in our digital age of virtual friendship. This intimate and poetic drama deals with themes of social isolation, musical self-expression, disability, and family conflict, and engages subtly with one character’s illness (Multiple Sclerosis) without resorting to clichés.

The original music score was composed and performed by celebrated cellist and performance artist Joan Jeanrenaud, a founding member of the Kronos Quartet.

See the film’s trailer at A private preview screener of the full-length movie is available to media on request.

The San Jose Mercury News called Like Reply Share one of “15 films not to miss” at Cinequest this spring, adding, “Cassavetes-esque…This one stayed with me.”

Last year, Berkeley-based filmmaker Peterson won Best Music Video Awards at Cinequest and the Oxford International Film Festival for  The Night of My Death, featuring Bay Area singer-songwriter Alexis Harte. Peterson’s dreamlike, harrowing short drama Forest Born (2015) won awards at festivals around the country. As an editor, Peterson has helped make such noted documentaries as The Rape of Europa, Born This Way, The Welcome, and The Island President.

Brooklyn’s Katra Film Series, now in its eighth year, is dedicated to the discovery, exhibition and promotion of quality emerging cinema. It has been hailed by the New York Times as “an amazing and excellent festival” and by Time Out NY as”nothing but the best.”

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