Private Project

Consider the Sparrow

Differences in faith can be hard enough in a marriage yet Tom and Lisa have made it work for twenty years. But when estranged friend Matt arrives presenting the opportunity of a lifetime and the only condition is a lie about God, well, what’s an American politician to do?

  • Eliza Foss
  • Suzanne Bradbeer
  • Ann Hamilton
  • Jeremy Folmer
  • Laurence Lau
  • Laurence Lau
    Key Cast
  • Ann Hamilton
    Key Cast
  • Jeremy Folmer
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 5, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Beaufort International Film Festival
    Beaufort, South Carolina
    United States
    February 24, 2022
    World Premiere
    Best Ensemble Cast--nominated
  • New York Shorts International Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    October 25, 2022
    East Coast Premiere
    Best Short--Nominated
  • Love Your Shorts Film Festival
    Sanford FL
    United States
    February 12, 2023
    Florida premiere
    Best Female Actor--Ann Hamilton, Best of Fest--Nominated
  • Dam Short Film Festival
    Boulder City, NV
    United States
    February 17, 2023
  • Winter Film Awards International Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    February 22, 2023
  • Nomadic International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 29, 2023
    West Coast Premiere
    Best Supporting Actor--Laurence Lau, Best Supporting Actress--Ann Hamilton, Best Lighting, Best Cinematography--nominated, Best Film--nominated, Best Supporting Actor--Jeremy Folmer, nominated
  • Golden Door International Film Festival
    Jersey City
    United States
    June 23, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Long Island International Film Expo
    Bellmore, NY
    United States
    July 19, 2023
    Long Island Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Chain NYC Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    August 7, 2023
    Official Selection
  • West Sound Film Festival
    Bremerton WA
    United States
    August 6, 2023
    Pacific Northwest Premiere
  • Firstglance Film Festival
    Philadelphia PA
    United States
    October 8, 2023
    Best Director of a Short Film--nominated, Best Actor in a Short Film, Jeremy Folmer--nominated
  • Mystic Film Festival
    Mystic CT
    United States
    October 22, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Eliza Foss

Eliza Foss is an actor, writer and director living and working in New York City for over twenty years. She has been seen on major stages in New York City and in regional theaters across the country as well as in episodic t.v. and independent films. Most recently she was seen in the film Indignation and an adaptation of Enemy of the People at The Barrow Group Theater in New York. She was the AD on Jeremy and Ann’s first film, Plot. This is her directorial debut.

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Director Statement

I was the Assistant Director on Plot, Jeremy Folmer and Ann Hamilton’s humorous first
short about a garden club in a New York City apartment building, and had a wonderful
time. We worked hard, laughed hard and solved problems well together. We made a
great team. When Jeremy asked me to direct Consider the Sparrow, I jumped at the
chance to work together again. So much about Consider the Sparrow appealed to me.
It’s a political story for our times and it’s also a very human one. And it’s a complex
story; like an onion there’s always another layer underneath. It’s about politics today,
it’s about religion, it’s about religion and politics, it’s about the environment, it’s about
secrets, it’s about grief, it’s about a marriage, it’s about ambition and its about hard
choices. Suzanne Bradbeer, our writer, doesn’t make it easy for the audience to align
themselves with any particular issue or to choose who to root for. If only in these
difficult times, we all weren’t so divided and would be able to have some
understanding of every side of an issue. I can think of no greater achievement as an
artist than to help further open and respectful dialogue. We need that so much right
now. And as in everything Ann and Jeremy work on there is humor. Someone, I cant
remember who, said “when humor goes, there goes civilization”. Finally, over the years,
I’ve worked primarily as an actor and Consider the Sparrow is a great piece for actors.
There is a lot of dialogue and it’s the actors that take us on the ride. Each character
faces difficult choices and learns about themselves in the process. Our DP, Mathew
Landfield, used a lot of dolly shots and the slow, almost imperceptible movement
subtly underscores the emotional and intellectual chess game we see play out between
our three protagonists.