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World Premiere of Independent Drama Like Reply Share at Cinequest, March 8-14

San Jose, CA — Like Reply Share, the first feature film by award-winning writer-director Josh Peterson and Sweepshutter Films, will premiere at the 2020 Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival in San Jose and Redwood City, in competition for the coveted New Visions Award. Peterson and members of the cast and crew will attend Q&A’s after each of the four screenings on March 8, 10, 12, and 14.

Shot in Berkeley, this micro-budget film features 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 vimeo.com/385137398. A private preview screener of the full-length movie is available to media on request.

Last year at Cinequest, Berkeley-based filmmaker Peterson took home the Best Music Video Award 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.

Cinequest’s prestigious New Visions section focuses on film artists who tell original stories or tell them in innovative ways. Films are selected based on creativity and adventurous story-telling. New Visions provides a spotlight for rising talents, both young and old, in modern cinema and celebrates directors who continue to challenge the field with their own unique visions.

Tickets are on sale today at bit.ly/likecinequest and, starting March 4, at the box offices of San Jose’s California Theatre, Hammer Theatre Center, 3Below Theaters, and Redwood City’s Century Downtown 20.

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