Newly unemployed hair stylist Sadie shows all the signs of alcohol addiction, but even after a major breakdown she doesn't feel alarmed. When she meets the love of her teenage life again, deaf cook Luca, she embarks on a mission to win him back. Luca agrees to look after her until she figures things out, despite his plans to leave town for good. That's because it will bring him closer to the attractive real estate agent Alexandra, who is in the process of selling the house where Sadie takes cover. Alexandra is charmed by Luca's advances, but being that Sadie is a constant danger to herself, they must hide their mutual infatuation from her. Unfortunately, they need Sadie's help for communication, a dance between American Sign Language and English, and so it's only a matter of time until each of their unspoken secrets comes to light.

  • Edna Luise Biesold
    The Color of Time; Motherhood (short)
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    Drama, Comedy, Romance
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    United States
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    American Sign Language, English
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Writer Biography - Edna Luise Biesold

After living and breathing Cinematography for over a decade, Edna wrote and shot her provocative short film MOTHERHOOD, which screened at numerous festivals and won the audience choice award at Hollyshorts. She is now developing 3 MONKEYS, her second feature since co-writing & directing THE COLOR OF TIME, produced by James Franco and available on Amazon. Edna holds an MFA in Filmmaking from NYU.

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Writer Statement

My feature film “3 Monkeys”, is inspired by the true life events of a friend who suffers from alcohol use disorder. Her path to recovery and her many years of sobriety have fueled the idea of advocating for the disease, which is often portrayed as a weakness of character as opposed to an illness with genetic predisposition. The story presents itself in the form of a love triangle, in which two women ultimately break free from the man they thought they should lean on.
My personal interest in American Sign Language paired with the theme of communication in this film have attracted a few Deaf and ASL speaking characters into the story. That way, viewers will be immersed in interactions beyond verbal and they will be on the lookout for body language and facial expressions, which to me can be captured in film like in no other medium.