Falling in Love: A Coming of Age Selfie Film

A young teen talks to 'you' via Selfies on her smart phone. In these conversations the girl shares her loneliness moving, loosing her best friend, her beginning friendships with new kids, and her realization that she has fallen in love again. When Rob invites her to the school dance there is a crisis which upsets her terribly. At the very end of the film the crisis is resolved in a way that helps her emotionally and makes her stronger. This film is based on my book, Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen. However, the addition of her Selfie recordings to the 'you' is not in the book and opens the door to many other issues that kids face in today's world. Is she keeping a diary or reaching out to a friend, a stranger? Are we in the audience the 'you'? The film has lent itself to great discussion, laughs, sighs and questions.

  • Barbara Becker Holstein
    The Truth, a Short Film; The Truth, a Short, Short Film
  • Barbara Becker Holstein
    The Truth, a Short Film; The Truth a Short, Short Film
  • Debra Higgins
  • Megan Brown
    Key Cast
    stared in the play version of my books for girls, 'The Locket' presented at The Grange Theater in Howell, New Jersey in March, 2016
  • Jon Seiler
    film editor
    The Truth, a Short Film; The Truth, a Short Short Film
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    coming of age, drama, romance
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 2, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Cell phone, digital
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Brightside Tavern Shorts Film Festival
    Jersey City, New Jersey
    United States
    March 21, 2018
    North Jersey Premiere
    nominated for Best Experimental Film, Best Concept, and runner up for Best New Jersey Short
  • Hang on to your Shorts Film Festival
    Asbury Park, New Jersey
    United States
    June 3, 2017
    Megan Brown won the Rising Star Award
Director Biography - Barbara Becker Holstein

Psychologist in private practice in New Jersey for over 30 years. Specialties are Positive Psychology and Women's Issues. Became a Filmmaker one year ago after also becoming an author and playwright. Film making was the natural progression to continue to bring to the public important issues in development and self-esteem that particularly pertain to women. Coming of Age is one of the most important hurdles that a woman faces, filled with the issues of leaving childhood behind, the storm of the hormones and finding a place for oneself in society that is healthy, productive and fulfilling for whoever the young woman is becoming.

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Director Statement

As a woman experimental filmmaker, and a psychologist , I find that not only are there important stories tied into coming of age to tell, but there are so many new ways to use technology to tell these stories in film. I am proud do be an innovator in the above. In my latest film, 'Falling in Love, A Coming of Age Selfie Film', I've taken an historically important part of growing up, falling in love, told a story about the experience and used new technology to make the film. Megan Brown who plays 'the Girl', used her own iPhone to film all of her scenes. Not only that, she chose her own costumes, chose many of the settings and even improvised lines in some of the scenes. Giving the camera to this young actress was a step to her becoming more intimately involved with her part and the project. It also was a step to releasing her creative eye for film. Of course we had a small crew of two camera people for B role shots and scenes. But the real constant work over many months was done by Megan and myself. Me directing her, but from a distance via phone and e-mail. She performing on her own terms. Of course a good plot had to be there. The rest of the crew and actors had to be there, but the essence of the production happened privately and only Megan was there, until she uploaded her scenes to me. It was a fabulous experience and I believe it is stands at the Gateway of the Selfie becoming one more art form in the brilliant arena of fine films.