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Faded Love

Set in rural North Carolina in the early 1950's, when opportunity and independence for women were scarce, “Faded Love” tells the true family story of a young woman faced with a painful reality.  To cope, she escapes within daydreams to fulfill her yearning for love, hope, and faith.

  • Michael Finn
  • Kelly Tinsley
    Thing Things We Do For Love, The Maestro
  • Kelly Tinsley
  • Michael Finn
    Annabell Hooper & the Ghosts of Nantucket, Last Shift, Exhume
  • Kelly Tinsley
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Mattingly
    Key Cast
  • Kevin Burroughs
    Director of Photography
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  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    4K Digital
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 2018 Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
    United States
    2018 Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
    Official Selection
  • 2018 Asheville Film Festival
    United States
    September 8, 2018
  • 2018 Central Florida Film Festival
    United States
    September 7, 2018
  • 2018 Rendezvous Film Festival
    Amelia Island
    United States
    September 21, 2018
  • 2023 Wild Rivers Film Festival
    Brooking, Oregon
    United States
Director Biography - Michael Finn

Michael Finn is a film Director/Producer/Assistant Director. He has been working in the industry over 25 years and has managed everything from multi-million dollar features to micro-budget indies. His producing credits include The Chickasaw Rancher, Annabelle Hooper & the Ghosts of Nantucket and Last Shift. His assistant director credits include All Eyez On Me, Te Ata, Frank Vs. God, The Waterboy, and To Write Love On Her Arms.

Michael has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1991, is on the board of the Timucua Arts Foundation and is the founder of Orlando Live Read.

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Director Statement

The responsibility of making a film based on real people is daunting, but to make one about the writer’s own family is even more so. Faded Love centers around a poem written by the woman who lived this story; the grandmother of Kelly Tinsley, who wrote and produced the film and is our lead actress. It was imperative to me to get it right, to stay true to the original spirit of the poem, and also to honor the woman who lived this life.

We started work on the film in the summer of 2016. Being struck by the personal story behind the script. It seemed very real and raw. The wife character was a woman in a hard place who takes a significant risk. I was excited by the possibilities of portraying her journey on film. Being a short film with very little dialogue, I knew we wouldn’t have much space to suggest the deep history the woman and her husband had and our style of shooting needed to close the gap. But rather than try to fit too much exposition in a short time, from the outset I felt that we needed to simmer in her life a bit, to have a slow, atmospheric vibe in all things, sound, and image. An influence was some of the scenes in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, scenes where the two main characters looked at each other for long moments; each small movement elevated in importance. We chose to shoot in a fantastic period cabin in the woods near Asheville, North Carolina. On our first day of shooting at the cabin, a thick fog rolled in over the nearby mountains, creating the perfect tone for our opening shot. Our cinematographer Kevin Burroughs did a great job of carrying that tone throughout the entire film.

Early on the script had a voiceover that represented the voice of the poem, but during editing, we decided the film did not need it. We felt that we had captured the tone of the poem and Kelly's grandmother’s struggle without relying on the voiceover. Sound played a massive part in telling the story. Early on in prep, we were spitballing about music, and Kelly noted the song “Wildwood Flower” by the Carter Family was an important aspect, as it reminded her grandmother about the relationship hardships and it being that is was in the poem on which we were basing the film. We quickly decided that our good friend Terri Binion should record a version of the song for our movie. Happily, Terri said yes, and when she sent us the demo she and music producer David Schweizer put together we were just blown away!

I am very proud of how Faded Love turned out, and I’d like to think that Kelly’s grandmother would be pleased with how we portray her story. I was honored to be a part of this film.

--Michael Finn