THE WEDDING SONG

When bride-to-be Mae hits a wall writing a song for her future husband, she solicits the guidance of her musician friend Johnnie, who helps her find the inspiration she was lacking.

  • Thia Schuessler
    Director
    Housesitter, n.y.e
  • Rex New
    Director
    Dance Camp, Housesitter
  • Thia Schuessler
    Writer
  • Rex New
    Writer
  • Thia Schuessler
    Producer
  • Rex New
    Producer
  • Thia Schuessler
    Key Cast
  • Will Dickerson
    Key Cast
  • Ben Stanton
    Composer
  • David Lee
    Cinematographer
    Gleason
  • Thomas Walsh
    Production Sound
  • Sarah Morris
    Production Assistant
  • Ben Stanton
    Original Songs Written By
  • Thia Schuessler
    Original Songs Written By
  • Will Dickerson
    Original Songs Written By
  • Thia Schuessler
    Editors
  • Al Rahn
    Editors
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Dramedy, Musical
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Short Film Night at Club Bahia
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 11, 2017
    World Premiere
  • Blackout Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    October 31, 2017
    West Coast Festival Premiere
  • Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    United States
    January 25, 2018
    Southern Festival Premiere
  • Romance Film & Screenplay Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    February 14, 2018
    Canadian Premiere
    Winner: Best Film & Best Music
  • Loyola New Orleans Feminist Film Festival
    New Orleans
    United States
    March 13, 2018
  • Bellingham Music Film Festival
    Bellingham, Washington
    United States
    April 7, 2018
    Pacific Northwest Premiere
  • French Quarter Fest
    New Orleans
    United States
    April 15, 2018
  • Indy Film Fest
    Indianapolis
    United States
    April 29, 2018
    Midwest Premiere
  • Sunderland Shorts Film Festival
    Sunderland
    United Kingdom
    May 3, 2018
    European Premiere
  • Music in Cinema Film Festival
    Atlanta
    United States
    June 30, 2018
    East Coast Premiere
  • St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase
    St. Louis
    United States
    July 21, 2018
    Hometown Premiere
    Winner: Best Music in a Short Film
  • Film Score Film & Music Festival
    Knoxville, TN
    United States
    July 26, 2018
  • WYO Flim Festival
    Sheridan, WY
    United States
    July 31, 2018
    Western Premiere
  • Amsterdam International Filmmaker Festival
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    August 11, 2018
    Dutch Premiere
    Nominee: Best Lead Actress in a Short Film (Thia Schuessler), Best Music (Ben Stanton, Will Dickerson), Talented New Filmmakers (Rex New, Thia Schuessler)
  • F Stop Film Festival
    Muscle Shoals, AL
    United States
    October 4, 2018
    Nominee: Best Original Song ("Rain Tapping" + "I Found You" + "That's Just Fine")
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
    St. Louis
    United States
    November 6, 2018
Director Biography - Thia Schuessler, Rex New

Thia Schuessler and Rex New wrote and directed the short film HOUSESITTER, which played at the Indianapolis and Atlanta Film Festivals, amongst others. Schuessler & New were nominated for the Atlanta Film Festival's "Filmmaker to Watch" award. The film was also selected for the Film Festival Collective by Xfinity On Demand. Most recently, New and Schuessler produced the second season of LES CARDINAUX, a French short film anthology, which premiered at the 2017 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

With Nick Turner, New received a Writers Guild Award nomination for co-writing the film DANCE CAMP, produced by Jon M. Chu. The movie was YouTube Red's first original film. Most recently, the two adapted the novel THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH, produced by Alicia Van Covering and Amy Stein.

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Director Statement

From directors Rex New & Thia Schuessler, co-founders of Shy Ruby Productions:

Last spring, we attended our friends' wedding in New Orleans. We had always discussed shooting something there, and it was during that trip that we began to conceive THE WEDDING SONG.

We envisioned a plot that would revolve around the musical talents of another friend, New Orleans singer/songwriter Will Dickerson. With the help of Dickerson and Shy Ruby composer Ben Stanton, we created a music-themed film that we hope captures the uncertainty of our 20s amidst the beauty of New Orleans.

***A brief technical note -- we are submitting a version of the film that is just under 14 minutes, in order to highlight Ben Stanton's score over the closing credits. We have another version that is EXACTLY 13 MINUTES with a shorter credits sequence.