by writer/director Hallie Meyers-Shyer
As someone who has grown up on great screwball comedies, fast talking dames, and dashing leading men, 2017 was an odd place for my filmmaking journey to begin. Home Again is the story of Alice Kinney, a newly separated mother of two who decides to start her life over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles. It’s here that she encounters three twenty-something aspiring filmmakers who wind up moving in with her and her two young daughters. A house of women changed markedly by youthful male energy and everyone is better for it. This is a story of love and friendship, of family and divorce, and of redefining what you thought your life might look like.
I always knew I wanted to write a romantic comedy. I’ve had a long-standing relationship with the genre that’s been there for me through flu-seasons and break-ups, holidays and hurricanes. A genre that’s given us hope and meet cutes and dialogue for days. One that film school overlooks, and one that has now become the little engine that could.
When it came to directing my first film, I found myself in a whole new world. Filmmaking, I’ve learned, is a journey of art and instinct, and a pride-swallowing whirlwind of highs, lows, hysterical laughter and quite honestly, hysterical tears.
But there is something amazing at work on a film set. For a brief moment in time, you create a world and a family amongst strangers because of the common ground you share. Men and women are changing clothes, putting on makeup, lifting and shifting and making ten in the morning out of ten at night. Not a day went by where I wasn’t in complete awe of this level of commitment. There’s a woman named Liz who literally carried around a branch of fake bougainvillea for thirty straight days just to make every frame of our movie a little lovelier. So few things in life are forever, but film, film is forever. This is undoubtedly the scariest thing about making a movie but it’s also the thing that makes it all worthwhile.
Movie theaters are currently swarming with superheroes, prequels, sequels, and IMAX so here I give you Home Again… a 2D comedy about a forty-year-old woman. And although we are living in an age where television is thriving and our hands hold almost all of our entertainment, for me film still remains the most moving, the most beautiful, the most heart wrenching, and the funniest. So I’m actually thrilled to have made a movie, and for it to be playing in theaters, and I hope very much that you enjoy it.