No Note

Under a Robin Williams sky, time is running out for a man suffering from Lewy Body Dementia.

  • Sharidan
    Director
    Breaking Ice
  • Sharidan Williams-Sotelo
    Writer
    Always Another Mountain
  • Sharidan Williams-Sotelo
    Producer
  • Randy Jon Morgan
    Producer
  • Noah Longo
    Key Cast
    Book Club, Kirstie, Think Like a Man
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 28, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    5,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:85
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Sharidan

After graduating from USC film school at 19, Sharidan Williams-Sotelo learned her storytelling craft in the cutting rooms of major feature films.

She was nominated for an American Cinema Editors Award for her work on BREAKING BAD, and won Best Editing on the Hulu comedy series, BOOK CLUB.

She also cut the OZYMANDIAS POEM TRAILER directed by Rian Johnson -- about which author Tony Parsons tweeted, “Breaking Bad, Shelley and the greatest trailer of all time.” She most recently edited on USA’s MR. ROBOT and Fox’s EMPIRE.

BREAKING ICE, a figure skating version of BREAKING BAD that she wrote, produced, and directed, became a viral sensation featured in The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed, and in Time Magazine (online and in print). Directing that project paved the way to expressing her vision in the short film, NO NOTE.

Sharidan’s storytelling is organic and takes on all rhythmic and cinematic forms. Her creativity extends beyond the film medium to her choreographic work on ice, an author of a children's book, and being the creator of FILL the WELL poetic, a public poetry project creating awareness of the California Drought. The movement has grown to amass over a thousand poems since its inception in March of 2015.

Her intention is to enlighten and inspire others through her work.

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Director Statement

I think we were all touched by the death and life of Robin Williams in a profound way.
I know I was.

Whether it was the shock of the news, or the realization that a great comic voice was silenced, something about this event called to me... I felt a shift in time and in overall mood.

I got into a car accident soon after, and was stuck driving a car with limited choices in music listening. It was the pre-Christmas season and "The Little Drummer Boy" came over the radio. For some reason, out of the blue I thought of Robin Williams, and I was drawn to research how he died.

Amongst his other diseases, Robin Williams had Lewy Body Dementia, where protein deposits form in parts of the brain affecting cognitive functions and often causing hallucinations. It was reported that he grew concerned over the care of his wristwatches and placed them in a sock for safe-keeping. This paranoia was probably a result of the undiagnosed disease.

It is my opinion that even though his death was ruled a suicide, it didn’t shed light as to what would lead him to such a drastic act. Disorders of the brain are often 'the fault' of the patient suffering from the disease in a way that people suffering from other physical ailments are not.

No one can truly know what goes through someone's mind when they decide to end their time, but to lay blame on the victim is a gross oversimplification.

Knowing the actual cause of Robin Williams’ final tragic act won't take away the pain of the survivors, but perhaps a journey into discovering the underlying causes of it will help the healing.

I hope the allusions to his spirit in NO NOTE will evoke remembrance of Robin Williams as a human being.